2014 Porsche Cayman Review
The 2014 Porsche Cayman made its world debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show. The new car is a big step forward in both styling and performance.
The styling of the new car is much more aggressive than the outgoing model. It looks more intimidating to other cars that come up to a stoplight next to you.
The styling improvements don’t stop on the outside either. The interior is now much improved and rivals that of the 911.
In the performance front it manages to get dangerously close to its big brother. In fact it is going to be hard to choose between it and the base level 911 Carrera.
The exterior of the 2014 Porsche Cayman is much more aggressive. It features the large side intakes featured in the new Boxster. These intakes act as a vacuum as thy such large amounts of air directly into the mid-engine.
From the profile view the roof line integrates much better into the lines of the car. Thanks to the lines of the intakes flowing into the door it gives the mid-engines sports car a more purposeful performance car look.
From the rear the spoiler now has a duck tail look. As with the previous model the spoiler extends at speed to provide more downforce and helps keep you glued to the road. Overall the styling is much more aggressive and the car looks like it is ready for the track.
Just as with the new Boxster, the new Cayman has a much improved interior. The new interior uses better materials over the outgoing model and with the right upgrades can rival that of the 911.
The base Cayman features a flat-six engine that produces 275 horsepower and that can go up to 325 horsepower if you opt for the S model.
The engine is mated to either a six speed manual or a PDK transmission. If you choose the PDK then the Sport Chrono package is a must in order to get the full potential of the car.
The base car can launch from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds (5.1 seconds with PDK and the Sport Chrono package) and keep going to a top speed of 165 mph (164 mph with PDK).
Go for the Cayman S and you can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds (4.4 seconds with PDK and Sport Chrono package) and will take all the way up to 175 mph (174 mph with PDK).
The base Cayman starts at $52,600.
The Cayman provides great neutral handling in a very good performing package. In S model trim performance is about the same as the base Porsche 911 (991) Carrera. The question is do you want the better traction that the 911 provides or do you want more neutral and less intimidating handling.