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Porsche Cayman GT4 Officially Laps the Nurburgring in 7:40

New heights for the Cayman.

Porsche confirmed the new Cayman GT4 completed a lap of the Nürburgring in just seven minutes and 40 seconds, a time which puts it right on pace with the previous generation of the 911 GT3. The new hot-rod Cayman achieves this coup d'etat with help from a series of high-tech upgrades.

While other Cayman variants pull their power from either a bespoke 2.7-liter flat-six, or a 3.4-liter flat-six engine from the base 911, the Cayman GT4 gets a 3.8-liter flat-six directly from a Carrera S, pushing its output to 385 hp. This drops its zero-to-sixty run to a claimed 4.2 seconds, with top speed now up to 185 mph. The beefier engine sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, a departure from the PDK-only GT3. The GT4 adds numerous aerodynamic additions over the Cayman GTS, including a large rear wing, frontal air dams, side inlets, and a rear-bottom diffuser. The GT4 receives the suspension, steering, and brakes from a standard 911 GT3, without the GT3's price tag. The Cayman GT4 comes in at $85,595 including destination.

Along with its release of the official Nürburgring time, Porsche hints at another new high-performance model debut at Geneva. All signs are pointing toward the official reveal of the next generation of the GT3 RS, a track-day terror aimed squarely at shaving off as many tenths of a second as possible from lap times. Full details on the GT3 RS are scant, aside from our previous report on its new 4.0-liter flat-six engine found at the rear.

Look for the official debut of the Porsche Cayman GT4 at the 2015 Geneva auto show.