The Cayman S model benefits from sharing the same 3.4 liter flat-6 with the 991 Carrera big brother although artificially detuned to protect 911 owner egos. It is difficult to argue against one ponying up more cash for the more powerful and larger flat-6 especially considering the acceleration difference in the 1/4 mile is over a second and roughly 10 miles and hour of trap speed. That is simply night and day and a motor more suited to exploiting the superb Cayman chassis that can take a lot more power than Porsche is comfortable giving it.
The handling figures are spectacular 1.06g pulled on the skidpad. That is absolutely incredible and it is understandable why MotorTrend states the Cayman is the best sports car in the Porsche lineup. PorsheBoost though would opt for the Cayman S and the PDK. There is no denying though the sense of purity and driving bliss offered by a traditional manual and a car focused on the driving experience over acceleration.
Would that S badge really hurt the wallet that much more considering the $70,160 as tested price here? Up to you to decide.
|2014 Porsche Cayman|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$70,160|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Mid-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||2.7L/275-hp/213-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve F-6|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3059 lb (45/55%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||172.2 x 70.9 x 50.9 in|
|0-60 MPH||5.6 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||13.9 sec @ 102.7 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||101 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||1.06 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||24.3 sec @ 0.80 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON||20/30 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY||169/112 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS||0.82 lb/mile|