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Making its global debut earlier at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Porsche Cayman GT4 has now been officially launched here in Malaysia by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP). The asking price for the Cayman GT4 starts at RM840,000 (OTR excluding registration fee, road tax, and insurance). That’s RM140k more than the previous “hardcore” Cayman, the GTS (RM700k).

The newest entry to the Porsche Cayman line-up represents the most hardcore version of the mid-engined sports car. Capable of lapping the Nurburgring in a blistering seven minutes and 40 seconds, the Cayman GT4 boasts significant performance upgrades with certain components adapted from the 911 range of cars.

Starting with the design, the Cayman GT4 states its performance intent with a new front bumper that features LED DRLs and three large air intakes that feed cool air to the radiators and brakes. The side inlets that feed air to the engine are now more prominent, while the rear gets a massive wing to contribute some downforce. Rounding up the aggressive looks are 20-inch alloy wheels and a central-mounted twin tailpipe setup.

Inside, the Cayman GT4 doesn’t abandon all forms of luxury in the pursuit of performance – this isn’t quite like the 911 GT3 RS. Both passenger and driver get sports seats that are upholstered in a leather and Alcantara mix. The driver also gets a GT4-specific three-spoke steering wheel, while other amenities include a CDR infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen display.

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For very “dedicated” race drivers, Porsche offers lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) full bucket seats as well (fitted here). The list of “racer” options continues with the Club Sport Package that tags on a rollover protection bar and six-point safety harness with an optional front roll cage. Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package (fitted here) is also listed here for those set on recording lap times.

Further changes take place beneath the metal, beginning with the adjustable chassis that shares many components from the larger 911 GT3. The car itself adopts a wider front track (by 13 mm), while having a lower ride height by 30 mm than the standard Cayman. Keeping the Cayman GT4 agile and in control are Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Stability Management (PSM) systems.

The Cayman GT4’s brake package is also adopted from the 911 GT3, comprising of 380 mm ventilated brake discs all-round, which are clamped down by six-piston callipers at the front, and four-piston ones at the rear. If improved braking performance is what you seek, Porsche’s Ceramic Composite Brake system (fitted here) can also be specified as a cost option.

Moving on, a 3.8 litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine propels the two-seater sports car from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds, and on to a top speed of 295 km/h. The engine, which is derived from the one found in the 911 Carrera S, generates 385 hp at 7,400 rpm and 420 Nm between 4,750 to 6,000 rpm.

Compared to the Cayman GTS, the GT4’s power output exceeds that of the GTS’ 3.4 litre flat-six (340 hp at 7,400 rpm and 380 Nm of torque at 5,800 rpm). On a less important note, the GT4 consumes just 10.3 litres of fuel per 100 km following the NEDC cycle.

Even though the Cayman GT4 borrows a few components from the 911 GT3, it drops the seven-speed PDK twin-clutch gearbox. Instead, the engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission only, driving the rear wheels with the aid of a mechanical rear differential lock and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system.

So, if you’ve had your heart set on a Porsche 911 GT3 but prefer to row your own gears, the Cayman GT4 is the car for you. Keep in mind that the price listed above does not include any optional extras (as seen the in the car shown here) that you may wish to specify, but it does include a four-year warranty. However, if you haven’t ordered one already, SDAP says the earliest you’ll get the car is by the second half of 2016.