Porsche's 718 Cayman GT4 Review and Specs



During the safety briefing, it becomes clear that the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance is not your typical race vehicle.

Porsche's managers warn us in an alarming tone that we must flee the vehicle by perching on the door sill and jumping as far away as we can if the dashboard lights turn red.

Porsche advises that if we make the mistake of touching the ground and the car at the same time, we can get a shock and possibly end up burnt to a crisp as if we had personally displeased Zeus.

The GT4 ePerformance has a recognisably familiar shape, mimicking the curves of its gasoline-powered sibling and riding on a 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport chassis.

The bodywork, which is made of a natural fibre composite and is 5.5 inches wider than the Clubsport on which it is based, conceals an all-wheel-drive system with two motors that can produce up to 1073 horsepower.

That statistic refers to the most intense Qualifying mode, although the ePerformance is still capable of 603 horsepower in Racing mode.

Three packs totaling 82.0 kWh are installed: one in the front of the vehicle, one behind the driver where a Cayman's engine would ordinarily be, and the third pack in the passenger footwell.

The battery lasts about 30 minutes while in racing mode, and Porsche boasts that the prototype can be charged at a maximum rate of 350 kW from 5 to 80 percent in under 15 minutes.

The head-snappingly intense acceleration of the GT4 ePerformance pins you to the seat and compresses your internal organs as it accelerates.

Although the GT4 electric prototype's performance is really outstanding, the sound is what really jumps out.

It surpasses expectations for an EV and demonstrates to auto enthusiasts that electric vehicles can deliver the emotion and personality that first drew us to them.