The third-generation Cayman debuts for 2014, sexier and faster than ever. The folks at Porsche have endowed it with a sleek new body, high-class interior and -- most importantly -- more power.
Per tradition, the Cayman remains a mid-engine, rear-drive two-seater powered by a high-compression inline six-cylinder. The new direct-injected 2.7-liter is actually a bit smaller than last year's engine, but makes 20 more horsepower for a total of 275, which goes a long way in a car of this weight. In a twist that may horrify some purists, the optional seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) automatic transmission produces brisker acceleration than the standard six-speed manual. This year's PDK has been completely re-tuned for more precise operation and shorter shift times.
Exterior styling is remarkably handsome, with a taut roofline that clearly spells "sport" and enlarged glass areas. The Cayman's body is a tad longer and wider than before, but extensive use of aluminum panels has cut weight by about 100 pounds. Although it's not cheap by any means, the coupe looks exotic enough to qualify for a more exotic price tag.
The passenger compartment benefits from a few inches of extra space, thanks in part to lower seats and the revised roofline. The dashboard and console have been restyled along the lines of the more expensive 911 and Panamera. From the driver seat, the Cayman oozes quality and class. Numerous trim upgrades ratchet up the tastiness even more.
Porsche again offers an S model with a carryover 3.4-liter six-cylinder. With 325 horsepower from the larger engine, the S is capable of 175 mph and does zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with the PDK transmission. For comparison, the base Cayman tops out at 165 mph and hits 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
Both models receive a new electric power steering unit. Sports car aficionados might find this a bit numb at first, but there's no arguing with the Cayman's stellar high-speed handling and stability. The newly standard Sport button further adjusts the suspension, transmission and throttle for optimal performance. Several mechanical upgrades are available for buyers who want to experience every last thrill the car can offer. But the Cayman really doesn't need any help from the option list. It's just that good to begin with.
The Cayman runs with a 2.7-liter six-cylinder that produces 275 horsepower and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Buyers can also select the performance-oriented PDK automatic transmission with seven speeds.
Although the Cayman is all about acceleration and handling, the equipment list is chock full of conveniences and premium finishes that help justify its price. Standard fare includes leather sport seats, voice-activated navigation with real-time traffic data, Bluetooth compatibility, 12-volt power outlets, and a retractable rear spoiler. Porsche offers dozens of trim and finish upgrades to customize the interior.
The Cayman S gets a six-cylinder of its own: a 3.4-liter good for 325 horsepower. The larger mill reduces 0 to 60 mph time to 4.7 seconds and boosts top speed to 175 mph. Except for its standard bi-xenon headlamps, the S shares its equipment and options with the standard Cayman.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Porsche Cayman$59,888 | 7,122 mi
2014 Porsche Cayman$68,965 | 48 mi
2014 Porsche Cayman$71,800 | 4,021 mi
2014 Porsche Cayman$74,990 | 5,251 mi
2010 Porsche Cayman$50,788 | 9,219 mi
2008 Porsche Cayman$27,900 | 49,056 mi
2008 Porsche Cayman$30,998 | 31,585 mi
2007 Porsche Cayman$29,988 | 18,756 mi
2007 Porsche Cayman$29,995 | 50,804 mi
2007 Porsche Cayman$35,988 | 21,781 mi
2006 Porsche Cayman$24,499 | 86,043 mi
2006 Porsche Cayman$33,988 | 27,214 mi
2006 Porsche Cayman$45,995 | 15,140 mi
More power, ferocious demeanor, excessive size and weight
Race-car specs and performance, unrefined by comparison
Fast and highly civilized, carries too much weight
Standard all-wheel drive, fancy inside, odd bulbous styling