Here it is, the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4.
The mid-engined meanie will debut a month from now at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, and it's already a monster. Its 7:40 lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife is equal to the time posted by the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3.
Power comes from a 3.8L flat six derived from the 911 Carrera S. It makes 385 hp (or, "at least" that much), and that power is transmitted to the rear wheels exclusively via a six-speed stick. No PDK here, folks. The lesson of the 911 GT3 has been learned.
And yes, duh, it's fast. 0–60 takes 4.2 seconds and the car tops out at 183 mph. Visually, its wicked new aero package alerts the world that this is no garden-variety little croc. And under the skin, Porsche says that most of the chassis components, wheels and brakes included, are stolen directly from the spectacular 911 GT3.
Inside, it's just as you'd expect—driver-focused and purposeful. Naturally, myriad upgrades like the PCCB carbon-ceramic brakes will be available to those who want them.
Want one? It goes on sale this July for $84,600, plus a $995 destination charge. We'll see it in person a month from now, so stay tuned for those firsthand impressions.
Now there's a video of the GT4 in action. It's not the Nurburgring lap video we want, but at least (amid images of straight-laced Germans recoiling from 'Ring graffiti painted on GT4-harboring garages) you get a taste of what it will sound like. Take a look: