If Porsche had given 30 or 40 more horsepower to the Cayman S and had kept a similar price, it would have meant the end of the 911 Carrera. Even without that extra grunt we really struggled to find any major reason for someone to choose a more expensive 911 over the Cayman S. Paired to a seven speed double-clutch gearbox, known as the... hold your breath... Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, the 320 horsepower Boxer engine can give quite a sufficient amount of hardcore sensations, especially in "Sport Plus" mode.
Speaking of which, there is absolutely no way for a beginner to drive safely in busy traffic with the Sport Plus mode activated. And no, we're not kidding. The accelerator is so sensitive in this mode that even if you tickle it with your right foot your Cayman S might end up kissing the bumper of the car in front of you. Yes, 320 horsepower can sometimes behave like hundreds more. Also, the revs will very rarely drop under 4000-4500 rpm in this mode, again, no matter how "soft" you're with the accelerator pedal. Oh, and we should mention the fact that if you don't have a heavy right foot and keep the car under the speed limits, its fuel consumption is only around 7 liters per 100 kilometers (US 33.6 mpg). If you don't, it can jump up to 13-15 liters per 100 kilometers (US 15.7-18.1 mpg) or even more, depending how hard you push it.
An empty stretch of serpentine road up or down a mountain are enough to make pretty much anyone fall in love with this car. The extremely direct steering provides quite a handful of information, while the central positioning of the engine represents dynamic perfection. A blistering 5.1 seconds time from zero to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) and an eye-watering top speed of 275 kilometers per hour (175 mph) are enough to keep your passenger on his toes every time you even mention about hammering the throttle. The six-cylinder Boxer engine paired with probably the best double-clutch we've ever experienced is only part of the thrill.
As we mentioned before, our car was fitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package, which, apart from adding a cool-looking "stopwatch" on top of the dashboard it also fills the center console with two extra "special" buttons. One of them is called "Sport" and the other "Sport Plus".
Far from being just a couple of placebo-inducing options, these two buttons can magically transform the Cayman S from a civilized beast to a completely savage one. Let's say, for example, that you're traveling in a very relaxed way on the highway, at 130 km/h (70 mph) in seventh gear. The rpm in this instance will be at around 2500-2800 rpm. If an instantaneous desire to "kick it" suddenly engulfs you, all you have to do is press the "Sport Plus" button.
As sudden and as instantaneous as a blink of an eye, the PDK transmission will change a few gears down, the electronically-controlled suspension and the power steering will stiffen, while the revs will jump to about 4500-5000 rpm. All you would have to do now is hold on tight and start overtaking like a madman. In conclusion, the Cayman S can be both a nice, somewhat comfortable GT, but also a mean overtaking machine. Until we drive the 911 Turbo, GT3 or GT2, the Cayman S will probably remain in our hearts as the only Porsche which can offer this amount of fun per buck. Pure, unadulterated fun.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Fabulous! The Porsche Cayman is simply fabulous! All my so-called girlfriends were purple with envy when I parked the little red lobster-looking sports car at the mall. Doesn't it look like the perfect car for a successful business woman?
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