The very low ground clearance can be quite a pain if you live in a city with numerous "sleeping policemen" aka speed bumps and higher than normal roadside curbs. Not to say that the Cayman S is as low as a Ferrari or Lamborghini, but around 10 centimeters (about 4 inches) of ground clearance can mean the difference between a scraped undercarriage and leaving your front bumper on the side walk. Special attention should also be given when entering or exiting underground garages, since there is also a rather long overhang in the front.
Other than what we mentioned above, living with a Porsche Cayman S in a busy city isn't as impractical as you might imagine. Despite sitting so low, especially when compared to other drivers on the road, overall visibility is just fine. The exterior rearview mirrors are big enough to provide you sufficient information of what's going on behind, but they do have a downside in not being able to be folded.
A really pleasant surprise came from the in-city fuel consumption, which during our test was approximately 14.7 liters per 100 kilometers (US 16 mpg). Considering the official figures say 14.1 liters per 100 kilometers (US 16.7 mpg), we think this is quite a spectacular achievement, especially when thinking about the performance available and the amount of stop-and-go traffic we encountered during our test drive. Apparently the addition of direct injection and the intelligent PDK double-clutch transmission really upped the ante on the efficiency of the high-revving six-cylinder Boxer engine.
Unfortunately, our test car wasn't equipped with the optional front and rear parking sensors, which could have proven to be quite useful. We say this because, despite the decent visibility, you can't really see all the way to the front or where the car is actually "ending", and the front and rear overhangs are pretty long and bulgy. Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Darn! And I though that the Cayenne Diesel was the best car Porsche currently makes. Apparently I was wrong, they can still hold their own when it comes to gasoline-powered cars also. Or so it is apparent after driving this little red Cayman S.
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