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Porsche Cayman Review

The first Porsche Cayman came out in 2005 as the brand’s coupe variation to the Boxster. This progression was predictable given the Porsche’s then model range, but the actual performance of the top-notch Cayman failed to impress. We took out the latest development in the range out for a spin, seeing how far the small progressions performed on the road. Its latest engine range shows promise, but one has to consider the de-evolution of the 2.7-litre engine at 242bhp after a 3.4-litre engine in the Cayman S with 291 bhp.

Pros

The newest range has similarities if seen from the waist down, particularly in the wheelbase and track width. But there is a significant addition to the length, with the nose increasing it by 12mm. The interior boasts of the best materials, treating passengers to luxury in terms of quality. Seats are also comfortable and well-adjustable; drivers will have no problem settling into a driving position suite to their needs.

Every Cayman comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but you can also include a PDK dual-clutch automatic system as another option. No problems on our end in terms of acceleration and gaining the right speed. The 1340kg weight does not prevent this vehicle from going into 60mph after just 5.1 seconds. Expect to arrive at 30mph from standstill in just 2.0 seconds in between. Take this performance further at 100mph after just 12 seconds and a 30 to 70mph in just 4.4 seconds as the initial surge. Serious car owners will definitely consider its top-level performance over every other negligible aspect. High speeds are balanced off by the vehicle’s stability capability, as well as its accurate response, flexibility, and overall character on the road.

The engine maintains balance with its engine position. Other important features such as the bodyshell and its torsional stiffness enable better dampers and firmer springs. There’s even a thicker anti-roll bar found up front, along with the rear’s smaller bar (at least in comparison to the Boxster S).  The Cayman keeps up its supreme performance on all road conditions: from wet or dry roadways, to the more challenging ice and snow. And unlike the 911’s initial intimidation, the Cayman has a PSM or delicate stability system that makes sure no oversteer or understeer happens as you enjoy that car on the road. Accuracy is maintained thanks to the PSM and the 19-inch tyres grip.

Cons

The interior could use more improvement in terms of storage space. The rear and front boot is never large enough, and owners who require more than the minimum will have to include an additional purchase of a Porsche luggage set. This added cost can come out too steep next to the already expensive and limited cost of each Cayman unit.

Design also comes off as impractical with the confusing arrangement of buttons, switches, plus the odd design of the speedometer calibrations. Although you can add the Porsche Communication Management unit (PSM) for better function into the interior, other models include this as the default in a smoother and more efficient manner. 

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A History of the Porsche Cayman

The Porsche Cayman is a 2-door sports coupe produced starting 2005. The car, designed by Pinky Lai of Porsche AG, was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The type S preceded the normal version, and was based on 2 generations of the Porsche Boxster. Production was shifted from Valmet Automotive in Finland to Volkswagen’s Karmann factory in Germany after the first contract ended. The Cayman succeeded the Porsche 968, which ended production in 1995. The Cayman has received numerous awards, including Top Gear’s 2005 Sports Car of the Year, Auto Express’ 2006-2007 Greatest Drives and Best Sporting Car, and One of the 10 Best Cars of 2007-2009 by Car and Driver.

The first generation Cayman produced 2 editions. The Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 is designed by Porsche Design for its 35th anniversary. This edition was sold in Germany and the US with less than 1000 units produced. The limited edition Cayman S Sport, with less than 800 units made, was available in 2008. In 2009, the second generation Cayman was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show alongside the Boxster. The Cayman R followed in 2011 with a new body kit and interior technology.

The Porsche Cayman has also been raced in various motorsport competitions, including the Continental Challenge and the SCCA World Challenge.

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