Sure the mule may be slightly scratched up and the wheel wells are sporting foam inserts, but these are the first spy shots of the new 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4.
Spy photographers snapped shots of it performing test laps around the Nurburgring and CarScoops has the exclusives to them. Porsche may decide to outright replace the GT4 or the beefier 718 Cayman could receive a GT4 RS badge.
Either way, enthusiasts will be happy to hear that the Cayman GT4 could be getting a naturally aspirated, 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that’s already being used in the 911 GT3. Of course the engine will be detuned so it won’t directly compete with the 911, but we can still expect it to have more than 385 horsepower on tap, which is more than the previous GT4 model. Tuners will also have a bit of room to work with as the 911 GT3 is capable of cranking out 500 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque.
Paired with the new engine should be a six-speed manual gearbox, with an optional PDK dual-clutch transmission upgrade.
The shoddy exhaust fit on display in the spy shots is an indicator for a new engine and the mule was probably testing its new suspension system on the track. Now we just have to wait for an official press release from Porsche.