Unpretentious, functional personality; incredibly intuitive handling; surprising comfort and smoothness; relative rarity compared to more mass-produced models
Manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) is quickly escalated by options; non-S model could use more power; multimedia interface feels long in the tooth
Borrowing the GT3's brakes and suspension, as well as the Carrera S's engine, Porsche introduces a new, high-performance trim dubbed the GT4.
Though its thunder is often stolen by the famous, half-century-old 911, the redesigned Cayman's rewarding driving characteristics and nimble chassis make it an unexpectedly capable alternative to its legendary stablemate. For sports-car shoppers willing to pay the Porsche premium, this latest Cayman makes a compelling argument for going with the entry-level alternative.
The Porsche Cayman is available in three trim levels, all of which feature a midmounted engine and rear-wheel drive.
The base Cayman ($53,595) is motivated by a 6-cylinder 2.7-liter engine and is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional dual-clutch automatic ($3,200). The standard model is equipped with 235/45-18 front and 265/45-18 rear wheels and tires.
Opt for the Cayman S ($64,795), and you'll have a bigger 3.4-liter engine with the same transmission options. The Cayman S receives larger 235/40-19 front and 265/40-19 rear wheels and tires.
The Cayman GTS ($76,195) brings more hp and torque, plus 20-inch Carrera S wheels, unique exterior body work and lower trim, Porsche Sports seats and Alcantara wrapping on the steering wheel, headliner and seat inserts.
The Cayman GT4 ($85,595) adds a 6-speed manual transmission, a larger engine, a unique sport suspension, larger brakes and a locking differential with upgraded Porsche Torque Vectoring software.
Performance-related options include active suspension ($1,790), a Sport Chrono package ($1,850), a sport exhaust system ($2,825) and torque vectoring ($1,320). Also available are high-priced features such as ceramic brakes ($7,400).
Though reasonably well-equipped out of the box with items such as Bluetooth, an on-board computer and a hill-hold system, the 2016 Porsche Cayman has a lengthy list of available features that can make its starting price swell. For instance, no fewer than four seats are available for the Cayman, including 2-way electric sports seats ($500), Sports Seats Plus ($800), 14-way power sport seats ($2,320) and Adaptive Sport Seats Plus ($3,825). A Bose-audio-equipped infotainment package with a 7-in navigation screen can be added for $3,990, while a Burmester sound system inflates the MSRP by $6,730.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2016 Audi TTS -- Nicely finished but not quite as magically tuned as the Porsche, this alternative from Ingolstadt, Germany, delivers more approachable styling with model-specific upgrades for heightened performance.
2016 Jaguar F-TYPE -- This hot new coupe from Jaguar offers thrilling performance and a more luxurious feel. It also tops out around $135,000 fully loaded.
2016 Chevrolet Corvette -- Considerably larger than the Cayman (and, arguably, more of a 911 competitor), the C7 Corvette's performance upgrades make it a potential contender against the littlest Porsche.
Used Porsche 911 -- Believe it or not, a 2010-2014 Porsche 911 doesn't hold its value all that well, meaning, for the price of a new Cayman S, you can get into a nicely loaded used 911.