Porsche Cayman GTS
The 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS represents the best overall value for a Cayman. The performance coupe comes standard with many items that are optional on the S model and it gets a nice little power bump.
Many believe that the mid-engine sports car is the best overall machine that Porsche makes, outside of the much more expensive ultra-high performance machines. With the GTS the decision of 911 or Cayman becomes even harder. Especially when you consider that the Cayman GTS has performance figures virtually identical to the base 911 Carrera.
The styling of the Cayman GTS looks very much like that of the Cayman S at first glance, except for the GTS badging. But take a closer look and you start to notice subtle differences.
The wheels are the same 20 inch wheels used on the 911 Carrera S, the headlights are blacked out and the front air intakes have been reworked. The result of these small styling tweaks is a more aggressive looking car.
Even with the design changes it still retains the classic lines of the Cayman and the large rear air intakes behind the doors that warn people that a high performance car is on the road.
The modern interiors of Porsches are very high quality and the Cayman GTS is no different. The materials used are all top notch and nothing has a plastic feel. In the GTS model you get the same basic interior as the S model, but it can be had with alcantara accents and plenty of leather.
The outside of the car looks very high end and the interior keeps that feeling going for the driver. All the controls are within easy reach of the driver and while at first all the buttons can be a bit overwhelming, after a while it all just feels right.
The 2015 Cayman GTS gets a 15 horsepower increase over the S model. This equates to 340 horsepower and when mated with the 7-speed dual clutch PDK transmission a 0-60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds (4.6 with the manual transmission). The six-speed manual transmission may be slower to 60 mph, but it has a higher top speed being able to go all the way to 177 mph versus 175 mph with the PDK.
These performance figures are helped by the fact that the Sports Chrono Package comes standard with the GTS. Of course straight line performance is great, but the Cayman GTS is even better in the corners. With its neutral handling and great chassis you get an incredible all around sports car.
The Cayman GTS start at $75,200. While not cheap, when you look at the options that come standard and the power increase, it is a bit of a bargain in the Porsche world.
The 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS is possibly the best Cayman built yet. It is powerful, good handling and offers a comfortable ride when you want it. The GTS is so good that it steps on the base 911 Carrera’s toes. It makes the choice of 911 Carrera or Cayman GTS a difficult one.
For us the GTS wins out as a better value and over all sports car. Now compare it to a higher powered 911 and the story may change.