Today, 01:02 AM
The Porsche Cayman gets somewhat overlooked due to its artificial position below its 911 big brothers. Yes, artificial because there really is nothing holding the Cayman back from stomping the 911 other than Porsche refusing to pop the overinflated 911 balloon they created themselves.
That is why you see the Cayman S limited in output compared to the 911 Carrera despite sharing the same 3.4 liter flat-6. That is why the Cayman GT4 is limited in output compared to the Carrera S despite sharing the same 3.8 liter flat-6. That is also why the Cayman GT4 does not have a PDK transmission yet the GT3 somehow does despite Porsche citing monetary reasons for the exclusion of a manual for the GT3.
Porsche's artificial manipulation of their lineup which is positioned based on price to horsepower aside the Cayman may be the best driver's car in that lineup. Car and Driver loves their long term tester. They have nothing to complain about. What is there to complain about? It being too good?
The car is not cheap starting at $65k but it is a value compared to the 911 models. It is lighter than the 911 models at 3025 pounds. Its mid-engine layout allows for more neutral balance while still keeping the majority of the weight on the rear wheels. It simply is an awesome sports car.
The 1.03g skidpad figure is beyond impressive. 0-60 in 4.2 seconds with a manual transmission and only 325 horsepower is practically unheard of. Sure, it isn't the fastest car out there but it may just offer the best of everything for the money.
That is why this car is special. It may just be the best sports car on the market when price, utility, comfort, luxury, handling, braking, ability, styling, engine sound, response, and fun factor are all factored in.
As Car and Driver stated, good God this car is good:
VEHICLE TYPE:mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED:$72,545 (base price: $64,795)
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT:210 cu in, 3436 cc
Power: 325 hp @ 7400 rpm
Torque: 272 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Wheelbase: 97.4 in
Length: 172.4 in
Width: 70.9 in Height:50.2 in
Curb weight: 3025 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 4.2 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 10.0 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 17.5 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 26.0 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.2 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 7.2 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.7 sec @ 112 mph
Top speed (drag limited): 176 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 145 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.03 g
EPA city/highway: 20/28 mpg
C/D observed: 23 mpg
Unscheduled oil additions: 0 qt