Porsche Cayman

2016 Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman looks great and drives great, with balance, poise, and maneuverability. The mid-engine coupe is at its best blasting through canyons and back roads.

Cayman was redesigned for 2014, and not changed much since then. With four available engine versions and two transmissions, same as the 2016 Boxster, it appeals to Porsche enthusiasts with different desires and driving styles.

Cayman comes with a 2.7-liter flat six-cylinder making 275 horsepower; Cayman S gets a 3.4-liter flat-six making 325 horsepower; Cayman GTS, which has the most features and equipment, uses a 340-horsepower version of the 3.4-liter. The GTS adds a sport exhaust, adaptive suspension, and larger wheels.

Transmissions include the standard 6-speed manual or optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic manual, called the PDK (or, if you prefer, Porsche Doppelkupplung). With the PDK and Sport Chrono package, which includes launch control, the Cayman can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, the Cayman S in 4.6 seconds, and the Cayman GTS in 4.5 seconds.

New for 2016 is the Cayman GT4, stripped down for speed. Its powered by a 3.8-liter version of the flat six, and is aimed at owners who do track days. It makes 385 horsepower, or 45 more than the heavily equipped GTS, and uses the 6-speed manual gearbox. Acceleration from 0-60 takes just 4.2 seconds, according to Porsche.

Cayman gets 20/30 mpg City/Highway with the manual transmission, according to EPA estimates, 22/32 mpg with the dual-clutch. The Cayman S is rated 20/28 mpg with the PDK, the GTS 22/31 mpg, the GT4 18/23 mpg.


2014 Porsche Cayman

A new Porsche Cayman goes on sale next spring. The 2014 Porsche Cayman echoes the changes to the 2013 Boxster, a new vehicle that is lower and longer yet lighter and faster than that it replaces. It also gets different air intakes and styling at the ends to help it look less like a Boxster with a hardtop.

As before it is offered in plain Cayman and Cayman S versions. The Cayman uses a smaller but more powerful 2.7-liter flat-six of 275 hp, while the Cayman S uses a 325-hp 3.4-liter flat-six with larger standard wheels and brakes. Both engines rev higher, with peak power at 7400 rpm and an 8000-rpm limit, both use stop/start for improved city mileage and both use dry-sump lubrication that holds twice as much oil as most cars. A 6-speed manual is standard, Porsche's 7-speed automated dual-clutch PDK available. EPA ratings are expected to be around 20-22 mpg city and 28-32 highway.

Suspension has been retuned for the longer wheelbase and larger wheels (18-20 inches) and the steering assist is now electric. Assuming the 2013 Boxster is a good indicator, the Cayman's handling should be superb, and plenty of options in suspension management and torque vectoring are available on those bent more on maximum speed than driving purity. Stout brakes are standard, the S front discs right off the 911, and ceramic-composite optional.

Nearly 45 percent of the new Cayman body is aluminum, including the long rear hatch that helps carry 15 cubic feet of cargo if you stuff it to the roof; your dealer can help with ski and bike racks.

Inside, the Cayman's center consoles rises to the dash creating a sportier environment and lifting the screen closer to sightlines. The traditional key-on-the-left ignition and central tachometer remain, while one nacelle is used for a 4.6-inch display for myriad functions. New two-tone upholstery combinations are offered, including shades like Agate Grey matched with Amber Orange or Lime Gold.

Options new to the Cayman include adaptive cruise control, Porsche entry & drive (pushbutton start) and an 800-watt, 12-speaker Burmeister sound system.

The 2014 Cayman will start at $52,600 MSRP, according to Porsche Cars North America, not including $950 destination charge. Cayman S will retail for $63,800. Don't expect to find those prices given Porsche's extensive and not inexpensive option list, however. A Cayman with Premium package and PDK will run $63,000-plus, while a Cayman S with special paint, Burmeister sound and all the performance bits (wheels, brakes, suspension and differential) will be pushing $100,000.


 

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