Porsche's mid-engine coupe, the Cayman offers exotic looks and track-worthy handling at a price that won't send your accountant in convulsions. Although it plays second fiddle to the legendary 911 in the Porsche lineup, the Cayman performs with all the precision and poise of a world-class sports car.

Pricing and Equipment

  • Starting at $52,600, the Base model is powered a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine. Standard features include power sport seats, a flat-screen instrument display, and summer performance tires on staggered-width 18-inch wheels. You also get typical passenger car amenities like heated side mirrors, Bluetooth and leather interior trim.
  • The Black Edition ($59,200) carries a variety of trim and convenience upgrades, including dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, heated seats, navigation, a sport steering wheel and unique 20-inch wheels.
  • The S builds off the Base model with a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine, larger brakes with red-painted calipers, a lowered suspension and 19-inch wheels. These performance enhancements bring the MSRP up to $64,100.
  • The $75,200 GTS
  • Priced at $84,600, the GTS4 is the performance champ of the line, featuring a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, high-performance brakes and exclusive suspension tuning. In the interest of weight, air conditioning and a sound system are demoted to no-cost option status.

Performance Pros

Porsche Cayman

The rear-drive Cayman starts out with a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower. S versions get a larger 3.4-liter that achieves 325 horsepower. The same engine is deployed in the GTS, where it's massaged for 340 horsepower. Exclusive to the GTS4 is a 3.8-liter with a mighty 375 horsepower.

Performance highlights include:

  • Steering/Handling: The Cayman take corners with incredible precision. Responses are instant and free of unwanted motions. It's far easier and more enjoyable to control at high speeds than most high-performance cars.
  • Transmissions: A six-speed manual comes standard, and a seven-speed automated manual (dubbed PDK) is available across the board. The GTS and GTS4 get a special version of the PDK that incorporates launch control and racing-inspired shift logic. This upgrade is also available on the Base and S as part of the Sport Chrono package.
  • Acceleration: The standard Boxster hustles from zero to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. With their larger engines, the S and GTS can do the sprint in 4.6 seconds or better. Faster still is the 3.8-liter-equipped GTS4, which hits 60 mph in a tick over 4 seconds.

Performance Cons

  • Although we liked that Cayman's electric power steering unit, it does produce a light feel that might turn off some enthusiasts.
  • Keep in mind that the engine is located just behind your head. Under hard acceleration, you'll hear plenty of rumbling going on.

Interior Pros

Porsche Cayman
  • The folks at Porsche obviously studied the more expensive 911 and Panamera when creating the Cayman’s classy dashboard and console. The layout and quality of materials are exceptional for a car that starts at just over $52,000.
  • Buyers have access to a dizzying array of seat designs, finishes, and color schemes. It's easy to create a highly customized look and feel right off the options sheet.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Cayman settles down nicely when all you want to do is cruise. Passengers stretch-out room and a relaxing ride (in the Normal driving mode).

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The steep price jumps between trim levels and cost of options mean you have to be judicious in your buildout. Check too many boxes and you'll wind up in 911 or Panamera price territory.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to sheer driving enjoyment, the Cayman is a car without a hint of compromise.