It seems the days of Porsche artificially limiting development of its mid-engined models in favour of preserving its 911 range are drawing to a close, with the launch of the new Porsche Cayman GT4.

The Cayman GT4 is powered by a modified version of the 3.8-litre flat-six engine from the 911 Carrera S.

Power output is 385hp at 7,400rpm, sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox (there’s no PDK option).

The result is 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 183mph.  Should you care, fuel economy is 27.4 mpg with CO2 emissions of 238 g/km.

It’s not all about out-and-out speed, however, with the Cayman GT4 borrowing many components from its 911 GT3 big brother.

It sits 30mm lower than the standard Cayman and features a retuned braking system; PCCB ceramic brakes are an option, as are carbon-fibre backed seats, a custom Sport Chrono Package with Track Precision app, and a Club Sport Package.

The interior features part-leather and Alcantara sports seats and a new Alcantara sports steering wheel.

Standard equipment includes bi-xenon headlights, sports exhaust, 20-inch alloy wheels, limited slip rear differential with torque vectoring and an anti-theft tracker.

The Porsche Cayman GT4 is available to order now priced from £64,451, with first deliveries expected in the summer.