2015 Porsche Cayman: Robin to the 911’s Batman
As a dynamic duo from Porsche the Cayman and 911 make an amazing pairing and let the world see more from one of the world’s most renowned names in high powered sports cars. The Cayman is a mid-engine coupe that offers a balanced weight that makes the car feel so under control a driver just has to keep pushing in harder and faster until they can’t handle going any faster. No doubt for most owners the car itself will still have plenty of go left when the driver has had enough. The Cayman is built to leave other high performers way behind in the dust including the Chevrolet Corvette, Audi TT and Nissan 370Z.
For generations Porsche has been putting the engine in a mid-engine placement which takes care of the balance needed to have such a high performer. This has produced cars that offer the perfect balance and the feeling that this is where the engine belong s rather than having it in the front where it carries so much front end weight and throws off the balance. Even though the Cayman was redesigned just a year ago the model offered for 2015 receives a new high-performance GTS model. This includes a new engine, 20-inch wheels, sport seats and soft Alcantara wraps for the steering wheel, seats and headliner.
What do you expect the drive to be like in a high-performance sports car such as the Porsche Cayman? It should be and is smooth, easy to handle, and aggressive all while staying planted firmly on the road so you can feel confident pushing the throttle past the edge of normal reason and still see the car can give you even more. The Cayman offers a stiff chassis, overly-engineered suspension and a steering system that is so quick it feels as if the car is driving on its own.
Three models of the Cayman are available with three different engines to be enjoyed. All three are connected with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to give amazing performance. The first engine is a 2.7-liter flat six-cylinder engine that shows up with 275 horsepower and 213 lb.-ft. of torque. This powertrain will offer a fuel mileage of 20 city/30 hwy mpg for the manual transmission and 22 city/32 hwy mpg for the automatic.
The second engine in the line shows up in the Cayman S model and is a 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder engine that offers up 325 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. This powertrain will give owner a fuel efficiency of 20 city/28 hwy with the manual transmission and 21 city/30 hwy mpg for the automatic. With this boost of power from the larger engine this version of the Cayman screams on any road.
At the top of the line, the Cayman GTS shows off with a similar 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder engine that brings the most power at 340 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. This beastly engine gives a decent amount of fuel efficiency when connected to the transmissions showing up at 19 city/26 hwy mpg for the manual and 22 city/31 hwy mpg for the automatic.
Inside the cabin of the Cayman is all business with a very sleek look that houses upscale and dynamic gauges and readouts to allow the driver to have all the information they need about what is happening under the skin of the car. With supportive racing seats covered in leathers the Cayman offers plenty of comfort. A surprising feature is the amount of headroom offered which allows taller drivers to enjoy a ride in this amazing top performing racing machine.
On the outside the Cayman is absolutely breathtaking. As expected of a Porsche sports car the Cayman is sleek, aerodynamic and built for speed and racing. With every single inch of the exterior made to aid in either the top speed or the downforce of the car the car stays firm on the road a top speeds giving an awesome performance on any road or track to allow drivers and their one passenger to fully enjoy the drive. This look includes a long wheelbase and wide stance which simply adds to the ability of the car to reach top speeds under full control.
The Cayman comes in with standard features meant to offer exceptional performance. The list of standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, water repellant front windows, rain sensing windshield wipers and a four-speaker audio system with a seven-inch LCD touch screen. The Cayman S model adds a wider stance to give better grip, 19-inch wheels and low/high beam xenon headlights. All Cayman models are equipped with eight airbags, stability assistance, and complimentary roadside assistance during the entire limited warranty.
The optional equipment offered for the Cayman offers a ton of amazing upgrades that will add performance the car that give it an almost unfair advantage. This list includes the addition of many bespoke options to add leather, carbon fiber, Alcantara, aluminum or a color that matches the exterior paint to any surface inside this awesome car. With the high performance exhaust the 12-speaker Burmester sound system is a necessary addition in order to drown out the sound of the exhaust system. Adding all the traction enhancements available on the Cayman will ensure you will lose your nerve well ahead of the car which will continue to have plenty of power and grip to keep going.
Pricing for the Cayman come in starting at a very reasonable $53,600 which seems like a steal for a Porsche of this magnitude. The Cayman S will start you out around $65,000 with the GTS coming in at just over $72,000 to begin life. Adding the automatic transmission puts $3,200 more on any of these price tags and checking all the boxes possible will bring the car into the $100,000 range making it one of the most performance laden sports cars on the planet. For those seeking a huge thrill in an awesome sports car, the Cayman will not disappoint at any trim level.