Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport One-Ups 911 and Audi TT Racecars on Nurburgring

Is the Porsche Cayman better than the 911? Does the mid-engined balance of the first allow it to one-up the all-mighty Neunelfer?
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Well, the Cayman is now more than one decade old, with Zuffenhausen having always stayed alert in order to prevent cannibalization. For instance, when the mid-engined machine finally gained access to 911 power with the help of the GT4 badge, the 2+2 model moved on to turbocharging, thus getting a noticeable output bump.

Nevertheless, the Cayman can be taken into 911 territory under certain circumstances. Case in point with the piece of Nurburgring action, which shows the two battling on the world's toughest racetrack.

Keep in mind that we're talking about the racing incarnations of the machines here, while the battle also involves the circuit-confined incarnation of the Audi TT.

The action displayed here is so intense that the footage made it to the official YouTube channel of the Nurburgring.

However, you shouldn't expect to see the kind of mad passing that defines the now famous footage showing Sabine Schmitz passing more cars than we can count in one lap of the Ring while hooning her 997 racecar.

Instead, you'll get to see the racer behind the wheel polishing his every line, all with the aim of getting past the said Neunelfer and Audi TT, as well as passing another Cayman.

Since we're talking about a Cayman GT4 Clubsport, the six-speed manual tranny of the street car is gone, having been replaced by a PDK. Speaking of which, the rumor mill talks about Zuffenhausen having first tested the street-legal GT4 with double-clutch hardware and, upon noticing the 911-threatening track time results, deciding to only offer the sportscar with a stick shift.

Oh, and we couldn't help but add the said Sabine Schmitz Green Hell action clip here, so you can watch it again.

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