If I was thinking about going the GT-4 route, at those prices, I'd find another $35K and buy a 911 Targa.
Very different driving experience. I doubt many cross shop those two options.
Porsche has strategically positioned their models so they don't cut into each other's sales.
What they've done is engineered a superior platform capable of dynamically outshining the traditional one. Driving a Cayman S and a non-S Carrera, this is clear to me.
Unfortunately for Porsche, they have a large clientele that is unwilling to consider anything but a rear engine car. Since the rear engine car is the one they know can provide more profit, it is the one that they put at the higher end of the market. This is a marketing decision, not an engineering one.
Is it wrong? Clearly not, it's working for them. But there is a better platform waiting to be fully exploited.
They're not going to give a Cayman or Boxster 425hp and put it into 911 range.
Exactly, and that's the problem with the mid-engine Porsches
As the owner of both an Evora and a 981 Boxster, I can tell you that while the Boxster does have outstanding handling, the Evora wins that particular comparison, period. As to price, there was only a $10K difference when I purchased them new, and it was worth it.
That's my point. The projected price of the GT-4 isn't expensive compared to it's competition.