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Porsche Cayman Performance

Reviewers agree that the 2015 Porsche Cayman offers an extremely satisfying driving experience thanks to its accurate steering, strong brakes and extraordinarily agile handling, thanks in part to its midengine layout. They note that the base model can feel a little underpowered in certain passing situations, so they recommend the S and GTS models if strong acceleration is a priority for you.

  • "The faster you go, the more the Cayman comes alive with a sense of communicative, intuitive handling resulting from its accurate and stable steering, quick turn-in and copious grip." -- AutoTrader
  • "Indeed, with its spirited engines, surgically precise steering, powerful brakes and agile nature, the Cayman is hard to fault. Short of giving this car wings, we're not sure how Porsche could do any better." -- Edmunds
  • "While many assume the pricey 911 is Porsche's most exhilarating sports car, a spin in the 2015 Cayman coupe might just convince them otherwise. Designed to mimic the weight balance of the world's most sophisticated racecars, this mid-engine coupe is an enthusiast driver's dream come true." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If you love driving sports cars, you'll find the Cayman a serious, willing partner." -- MSN Autos (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Porsche Cayman comes with a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower and 213 pound-feet of torque. The Cayman S has a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine with 325 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The new-for-2015 Cayman GTS is powered by a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 340 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. All three models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while Porsche's seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission (PDK) is optional. All Cayman models have a midengine layout, with the engine mounted behind the seats and in front of the rear wheels.

The base 2015 Cayman with the automated manual transmission gets an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is good for a sports car. According to Porsche, the Cayman GTS can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 175 mph when equipped with the automated manual transmission.

Test drivers report that the base Porsche Cayman sounds great and has adequate passing power as long as you keep the transmission in a lower gear. However, they note that those looking for strong straight-line acceleration should consider the S or GTS models. Reviewers point out that models with the dual-clutch transmission change gears quickly, contributing to quicker acceleration than you can achieve in models with the manual.

  • "If you're expecting straight-line perform­ance from these corner hunters, the base cars can be uncomfortably slow. The extra power of the S and GTS trims, however, transforms these cars into well-rounded athletes." -- Car and Driver
  • "Although enthusiasts will no doubt prefer the more potent engines in the Cayman S and GTS, the regular Cayman still delivers the excitement of a sonorous, high-revving flat-6 engine wailing right behind your head." -- Edmunds
  • "For the most efficient gear changes (ultimately leading to the quicker acceleration), there is no beating the Cayman's dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "That paltry-sounding 275 hp is fine as long as you keep the revs high and sling through corners while finessing the throttle. Torque is only 213 lb-ft at 4500 rpm, and at lower revs second gear is often found wanting, particularly when you need to pass." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Handling and Braking

The Porsche Cayman’s engine is mounted in the middle of the car, and test drivers say that gives the Cayman excellent balance around corners. They report that handling is further aided by the Cayman’s amazing tire grip, sharp steering and responsive brakes. Some say the Cayman is easier to drive fast than the Porsche 911. The Cayman also has an unexpectedly comfortable ride, which makes it a great choice for long-distance trips, according to critics.

  • "The real surprise comes on longer rides, when the Cayman's friendly ergonomics and surprisingly smooth ride quality make it an easy accomplice for hours on the road. We usually don't consider small, low-slung coupes to be great partners for long-distance drives, but the Porsche Cayman fits that bill and then some." -- AutoTrader
  • "When a company mounts an engine in the middle of a car, it implies that chassis dynamics are paramount. It's no surprise then that quick corners in the Porsche are led by tight steering, met with deliberate body control, and matched by dogged grip." -- Car and Driver
  • "Run a Cayman through a serpentine road and you'll feel its superb midengine balance around those corners, egging you on where lesser machines would be begging for mercy. Notably, it's an easier car to drive hard than a 911, as its responses are more immediate, predictable and forgiving." -- Edmunds
  • "The electrically assisted power steering is pleasantly predictable, communicative and responsive, while the Cayman's braking is immediate without feeling overly sensitive or vague." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 3/9/15

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