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2016 Porsche Cayman OVERVIEW

Just as Porsche’s Boxster delivers an invigorating mid-engine experience to fans of open-air sports cars, the closely-related Cayman does likewise for those who prefer a closed coupe. Ever since their inception, Cayman and Boxster have been viewed as less costly but no less stimulating alternatives to the legendary rear-engine 911.

What's New for 2016

Little has changed, except for the appearance of a new model: the Porsche Cayman GT4, with an engine taken from the 911 Carrera S.

Choosing Your Porsche Cayman

Four versions of the Cayman are offered, with a different engine for each.

In the Base Cayman, a 2.7-liter flat-six produces 275 horsepower and 213 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an automated seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With the manual, 0-60 mph acceleration takes 5.4 seconds, while the DCT reduces that time to as little as 5.1 seconds. With automatic, fuel economy is estimated at a relatively thrifty 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway.

In S trim, a 3.4-liter flat-six makes 325 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, with the same transmission choices. Acceleration times dip to 4.7 and 4.5 seconds, respectively.

In a GTS, the 3.4-liter engine boosts horsepower to 340 and torque to 280 pound-feet. You can reach 60 mph in 4.6 seconds with manual, or 4.4 seconds with the DCT.

Most potent of the lot, the new GT4 gets a 3.8-liter engine borrowed from the 911, generating 385 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. Only a six-speed manual transmission is available, taking 4.2 seconds for the 0-to-60 sprint.

In addition to engines, each trim level has minor differences and (except for GT4) a selection of available option groups.


Priced at $52,600, the Base Cayman is pretty well equipped. Standard features include an auto-extending rear spoiler, headlight cleaning system, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, leather-wrapped steering wheel, partial or full leather seating, and cruise control.

You can choose from six optional packages:

  • The Infotainment Package with Sound Package Plus adds such items as a nine-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation and a 40 GB hard drive, and SiriusXM.
  • An Infotainment Package with Bose Surround Sound System features a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system with a subwoofer, AudioPilot, and 445 watts of power; a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation and a 40 GB hard drive; and SiriusXM with NavTraffic and NavWeather capabilities.
  • Next is the Infotainment Package with a Burmester High-End Sound System, with 821 watts of power.
  • The Convenience Package adds two-zone climate control and heated seats.
  • The Premium Package adds such options as bi-xenon headlights, a dynamic lighting system, an auto-dimming mirror, two-zone climate control and heated seats.
  • A Premium Package Plus reaches a step further, adding vented seats, keyless entry and ignition, and ambient lighting.


Starting at $64,100, the S model gets 19-inch alloy wheels and additional console storage. Five option packages are offered: Bose, Burmester, Convenience, Premium, and Premium Plus.


For $75,000, a Cayman GTS provides 15 more horsepower than the S trim, adding 20-inch wheels, a revised active suspension, underbody panels, exclusive front fascia, upgraded aerodynamics, sport seats, black Alcantara interior accents, and a nine-speaker 235-watt audio system.


Topping the range, the GT4 stickers for $84,600. In addition to the 911 Carrera S's 3.8-liter engine, it includes an enhanced active suspension, 20-inch wheels, a sport exhaust system, fixed rear wing, bi-xenon headlights with a dynamic lighting system, a SportDesign steering wheel, and two-zone climate control.

CarsDirect Tip

Moving up the trim-level scale, a Cayman gets rather expensive. Good news! Even a Base model delivers a glorious experience. So, buy what you can afford and prepare to enjoy.

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