After jumping inside and suppressing the instinct to reach for the ignition with your right hand, you can most definitely say that you're in a car designed by the calculated mind of a German. Every button, every knob and every information display is right where it should be. Except for the ignition still present on the left side of the steering wheel. Paying tribute to the old days of racing at Le Mans, the left-side ignition has become a tradition in all road-going Porsches since the late 1950s.
Just as you would expect, almost everything touchable is engulfed in perfectly-stitched leather. In other words, both seats, the steering wheel, most of the dashboard and most parts of the inside door panels are practically drenched in it. Not to mention the fact that the seats in our test car had perforated leather (since they were both heated AND cooled). Even so, Alcantara-based or other types of leather are available as an option for the interior side of the roof and the pillars. The only plastic stuff inside had top-notch quality, with a only a few minor exceptions: the steering wheel column-mounted switches for the turn signals, windshield wipers and the cruise control looked and felt a bit on the cheap side. Other than that, it's pretty fancy stuff for a mid-engine sports car priced just under the base 911 Carrera.
The available space is just right for two average-sized persons, especially since you sit so low and the seats are completely adjustable. Speaking of which, despite being both heated and cooled, the only electronic adjustment is done for the backrest, while the longitudinal and height adjustments are done manually. In another Porsche-like manner, the fire extinguisher sits right under the driver's legs, as if Porsches would be generally known to casually combust.
Apart from the state of the art interior ergonomics, the overall quality and the decent available space, what impressed us most was the sheer practicality of the Cayman S. For a car with only two doors, two seats and enough horsepower to give you wet dreams, the mid-engine configuration gives you two separate luggage compartments, comprising a highly surprising total of 410 liters (14.5 cubic feet). A very small trunk in the rear and a pretty spacious one in the front can really confuse some people though, since they may wonder where on Earth does the engine sit.Continue reading