For 2014, the Porsche Cayman was redesigned completely. As well as having extra power and newer improved features, its appearance is also noticeably sleeker and subtle, compared with previous versions of the model. But does it still feel like a Porsche?
The Cayman S is undoubtedly good-looking; it’s also really well built, and with a price tag to match. But above everything else, it is surprisingly fun.
While out driving, the Cayman is very compelling, mostly thanks to the manual-transmission which shifts smoothly between gears, and a perfectly placed clutch pedal for ease of engagement. Although the dual-clutch automatic is actually faster, it isn’t quite as fun. This is much more noticeable when driving the car around corners, as like most mid-engine cars it has an engine sat in the centre of the car, allowing it to be very well-balanced. Most people who try it out claim that it is easier to handle than basically any other sports car on the market.
Unfortunately it isn’t quite as fun roaring down the highway. It is still fast of course, but it only has 325 horsepower, far less than some cars which cost less. For example Nissan’s 370Z is significantly cheaper but with more horsepower and very similar times to get to 60mph.
It would be remiss of me not to talk about the price of the new Porsche car. It begins at about $64,000, which isn’t too bad considering that a standard 911 is $20,000 more in costs. However it’s highly unlikely that anyone would buy the Porsche at this price as the one that I tested had around $24,000 worth of extras. Not all the features you might want would be included as well, as the $88,000 final price doesn’t include push-button starting or keyless access. That’s the thing about Porsche though – their cars are so highly customised with so many additional options that you may always feel as though you’re missing out on a few features.
Sometimes with sports cars, you’ll find that there are a lot of completely useless features for everyday use – luckily this was not the case with the Cayman. The materials were all very high-quality and there were no strange rattling noises coming from the interior, while the Burmester sound system has some of the best sound you can find in a car. The total capacity of storage is also quite big albeit being split between two compartment.
In terms of let-downs, some reviewers have claimed the sports seats were uncomfortable and that there were too many infotainment buttons, although these could be easily fixed.
The Cayman S is a thoroughly enjoyable ride, although personally I wouldn’t pay nearly $90,000 for it. In a few years though, a pre-owned version could be well worth the cost as it is a clearly excellent sports car.