Porsche Cayman S Review

Porsche Cayman S Review

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.

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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.

The Best 4×4 Car for Wintery Con...

The Best 4×4 Car for Wintery Conditions

Car lovers are more often than not faced with the task of choosing the perfect car. This often involves taking into account many factors from price, condition, reliability, performance and fuel efficiency. Depending on your disposable income, function among other factors is one element can always be bumped down the priorities list, or even ignored all together. One such key factor is winter conditions performance. Otherwise a car lover may be mislead to purchase parts from different brands to make the perfect car like having Porsche parts, BMW engines, Chevy Body et al.

Traditionally winter was a period of hibernation and sheltering, but the new age, cutting edge technology has made need for mobility paramount. Car manufacturers had over a long period of time, ignored innovations that would ensure their machines are able to deliver in snowy conditions instead of waiting for reindeer driven sledges for movement. For awhile, the ability of a car to perform in snow has often been pegged on tire design. Granted the loose soil, the need for adequate traction was often left in the hands of wide and deeply treaded tires. While this could relatively increase performance in these conditions, one cannot but help other factors like being a four wheels or front wheel drive coming into play. Tire manufactures would heavily have the infamy of being burdened for performance.However, stiff competition from car manufacturers could have opened the Pandora’s Box, with creative and innovative solutions being used to solve the problem to increase marketability.

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Vehicles that can perform in these harsh conditions are mostly All Weather Drives (AWD) or Four Wheel Drives (FWD).They often has the distinction of increased traction levels.However, it is of note that front wheel drives have always been the front runners of the modern day “winter tolerant” cars. Given the passenger room, transaxle configurations, and their placement of weight directly on the front wheels the mechanics behind them improves their efficiency I such adverse conditions. This alone ensures better performance in snowy conditions that their rear wheel counterparts. This can be practical in that pushing in snowy and loose conditions often yields less movement as opposed to pulling effect.

On the other hand AWD it can be safely argued that granted the differential between front and rear shafts is heavily reliant on anti-slip mechanisms which if not efficient would make it hard driving in the loose wet winter conditions. It is obviously hard to maintain spin in distinct individual speeds whilst also transferring of torque from one wheel during loss of traction from the respective wheel. These are always available in most models like Toyota Sienna, Porsche even in the flagship luxurious brands.

Four wheel drives are nowadays the norm thanks to an SUV boom in the 90s.The choice of picking a four wheel drive from rear wheel drive has since been a preserve of few models like Jeep Wrangler SUV and Nissan Frontier pick up, the other models like Toyota Hilux, BMWs have since abandoned these easy to switch models preferring to declare either AWD or FWD status. As the name suggests, the front and rear shafts often lock together when engaged. The low gearing is an added advantaged in its improvement of traction needed.

Preparing Your Tires for Icy Roads

Preparing Your Tires for Icy Roads

According to IcyRoadSafety.com, there are on average at least 460 fatalities every single year in the US as a direct result of icy roads. There are countless more accidents resulting in lesser, although still serious, injuries. You owe it to the safety of you and your family to prepare your car and tires for driving on icy roads during the colder months, particularly if you live in regions which suffer badly from wintry weather.


So how can you prepare your tires for the hazards of icy roads? 


Checking the pressure is vital. Tire pressure usually raises in summer and lowers in winter which increases the danger as under-inflated tires can make the car react less quickly to your steering. Each time the outside temperature drops by ten degrees, the air pressure of your tires goes down by about 1 or 2 PSI. As a result, you need to check your tire pressures more frequently in cold conditions and use an inflator to get them back up to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure before you make a journey.


Keeping an eye on the tread is also essential. Traction is extra important on icy roads because the braking distance of the vehicle is greatly affected and your ability to come to a smooth, safe stop is limited in these conditions – the wheels have to maintain traction by remaining in contact with the road surface. This means you should check the tread depth regularly and don’t hold out too long to replace the tires when they’re reaching the legal limit. The closer they get to the limit, the less effective the grip will be, so although it can be expensive to replace them, it’s far safer to get new ones a little earlier than you have to. Remember the legal limit in the USA is 3/32″ but in icy weather and even in the rain, you should never let it get as low as this.


Consider whether you should invest in better tires – depending on where you live and how often you experience icy roads, you may feel it’s worth buying a set of special winter tires which will have improved traction and therefore better safety. However even winter tires can slide on packed snow or ice, so you still need to be cautious. Another thing to consider is buying snow chains for your tires, which can be used when the road surface is completely covered in a layer of compacted ice or snow – but remember to stop and remove them as soon as you reach a clear road, as otherwise they can cause damage to your vehicle.


Of course you shouldn’t just leave your icy driving preparations at the tires – you need to perform other vehicle checks, keep an eye on your fuel gauge, pack a shovel, torches, food, drink and blankets just in case, and adapt your driving style as necessary, being careful to make gentle turns and stops, reducing speed and increasing following distances. All of these things are important too, but making sure your tires are suitable and in good condition is key. Safe driving!