When the Gay UK received an invite to the Porsche experience l jumped at the chance and on a cold and frosty Monday morning l headed to Silverstone not really knowing what to expect other than testing 3 new cars that had been launched.
“Relax and let the Cayman take control
of the brakes and while you make
slight adjustments to the steering
and still keeping your foot on the
throttle and the car recovered without
as much as getting your eyelashes
out of place.”
And then the driving fun started and first up was the Cayman GT4. Porsche described this as demonstrating their commitment to being a puristic sport car giving it the motorsport involving experience. You can’t deny that they haven’t achieved this. It has creature comforts that seem the norm now like climate control but it also had the ability to be quite civilised for the daily commute without being to rough and ready with easy to use controls. However press the pedal to the floor and prepare to witness the car change from humdrum to exciting while it releases its 385bhp at 7400rpm should you wish to rev it that hard. I also had the opportunity to experience the cars amazing electronic stability programme on the skid pan that deliberately puts you in a slide. Relax and let the Cayman take control of the brakes and while you make slight adjustments to the steering and still keeping your foot on the throttle and the car recovered without as much as getting your eyelashes out of place.
“l did have a tear in my eye
from both fright, laughter
and a brain that had been
crushed at the front of my
cranium from the force
brought on by applying
With me behind the wheel, Rick played a game of trust. He had to trust me to stop the car and l had to trust him to tell me when to apply the brakes. Using the cars easy to use launch control program of foot on brake, foot on throttle, off brakes and go go go from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and then beyond. The traffic light grand prix will be an easy win for you. The 911 hurtles itself down the straight with absolutely no wheel spin to a speed l did not look at and after a short time l had to scream out “TELL ME WHEN TO HIT THE BRAKES!” When the 911 came to a stop the adrenaline flowing through my body was quite intoxicating and l have to admit l did have a tear in my eye from both fright, laughter and a brain that had been crushed at the front of my cranium from the force brought on by applying the brakes.
Around the track the 560bhp monster could be tamed without trying. The Doppelkupplung (that’s Porsche speak for their dual clutch automatic system) selected the right gear at the right time within a blink of an eye. The system was first used on their Le-Mans style racers and it has take Porsche around 10 years to develop the DPK system to be able to offer it in their road going cars. You think nothing more about gear changes from the moment you select a forward gear.
As the day drew to a close l took stock of the most comprehensive range of sports cars Porsche have ever offered and it seemed apparent that while they are about going fast without compromise there really is very little to sacrifice in the cars comfort and the day to day usability. Not counting the SUV’s in the range, none of them are the ideal car to take when you need some flat pack furniture but then again all of them are cars that you can use to pop away for the weekend of whatever takes your fancy. And this makes us the lucky ones because we have never had it so good from Porsche.
Reviewed by Stuart M Bird