It’s not often you get to see a slugfest between greats from two different eras.
This EVO video positively astounds with a comparison that, on paper, one might think would be dull with one car running away towards the sunset. However, the proof is in the pudding.
The decade-old 996 GT3, with a comparatively antiquated chassis would presumably offer less on a tight and twisty racetrack than the new and universally lauded Cayman GTS. While the 911’s body control is a few steps behind the modern, mid-engine Cayman, its ability to brake, helped with Pagid track pads, and its greater power output lead to an incredibly close finish.
Though the GT3 out-grunts the Cayman with 375 to 340 horsepower, respectively, watching Jethro Bovingdon dial in opposite lock with the GT3 shows that it is the wilder car to drive. That isn’t to say the Cayman doesn’t oversteer – it does, but in a more predictable manner. It’s in the way in which the GT3 slides, as you see Jethro make several corrections coming out of certain corners whereas the Cayman settles into a nice apex-hunting line on corner entry and then, with grace and composure, accelerates cleanly out of the corner.
It would seem that with ten years of chassis development, the mid-engined Cayman has the edge in rear grip over the rear-engined GT3, but it’s still a tossup. Will the GT3’s Metzger engine and sublime steering feel beat the Cayman’s modern road holding and the ideal layout? How closely do these two stack up in terms of lap times? Watch the video to find out.