The Porsche Cayman is essentially a hardtop version of the Porsche Boxster convertible, complete with the same motorsports-inspired driving experience. In fact, the Cayman’s smooth metal roof actually improves aerodynamics for even better performance. It was replaced by the Porsche 718 Cayman, which raised the bar again in 2017.
Porsche introduced the second-generation Cayman in 2014, building on the successful first edition with major increases in power and a significant reduction in weight. This culminates in a track-friendly sports car that’s capable of taking you straight from urban streets to your local road course. At the same time, the second-gen Cayman offers more luxury cues than ever before.
The second-gen Cayman builds on the design of the first. Both have the predatory appearance of a sleeker, more relentless Porsche 911. The updated interior of the newer model still features lux materials such as leather, wood and aluminum, but it adds high-comfort touches like heated and ventilated seats.
The Cayman’s exotic powertrains rely on horizontally opposed six-cylinder engines, with each trim having its own specific powerplant. The base model starts off with a 2.7-liter unit that makes 275 horsepower. The Cayman S has a 3.4-liter engine with 325 horses, and the same engine is retuned for 340 horsepower in the GTS. The Cayman GT4 tops the range with a 3.8-liter engine that brings output to 385 horsepower. All engines are located between the passenger compartment and the rear wheels. The result is an ideal combination of acceleration and handling that can be enhanced with Porsche’s active suspension.
A 7-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth were common standard features when the Cayman was new, while the options list included items like a rearview camera, a navigation system and Bose and Burmester audio systems.
The Cayman competes in a talented class of sports car, which includes the Audi TT RS and TTS, as well as the Chevrolet Corvette. Another mid-engine sports car in the same financial ballpark is the Alfa Romeo 4C.
The first-generation Porsche Cayman launched in 2006 with a slightly unusual strategy. The higher-performing S model, with a 3.4-liter flat-six engine, came first with 295 horsepower. The base Cayman premiered in 2007 and carrying a 2.7-liter engine in the same configuration but with 245 horsepower. When the special edition S Sport debuted in 2008, it topped the 300 mark with 303 horsepower.
Output kept increasing for 2009, when Cayman got a new 2.9-liter engine with 265 horsepower. The 2009 Cayman S squeezes an extra 25 horsepower from its 3.4-liter unit, for 320 horsepower in total. In 2011, the Cayman R came on board with a 330-horsepower version of the 3.4-liter engine.
The first-generation Cayman is available with high-end equipment like climate-controlled seats, Bose audio, a navigation system, bi-xenon headlights and carbon fiber interior trim.
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