2016 Porsche Cayman

Original MSRP Range
$52,600 - $84,600
Available Style(s)
18 - 20 MPG City / 23 - 30 MPG Hwy
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2016 Porsche Cayman

What We Like

Unpretentious, functional personality; incredibly intuitive handling; surprising comfort and smoothness; relative rarity compared to more mass-produced models

What We Don't

Manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) is quickly escalated by options; non-S model could use more power; multimedia interface feels long in the tooth


Expert Rating

4.0/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.9/ 5


What's New in the 2016 Porsche Cayman?

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.

Which Cayman is the Best?

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.

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How Much Does a 2016 Porsche Cayman Cost?

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.

Cayman Trims

CoupeOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Cayman 2dr Cpe$52,600 / N/A6 Cylinder275N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Cayman 2dr Cpe Black Edition$59,200 / N/A6 Cylinder275N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Cayman 2dr Cpe GT4$84,600 / N/A6 Cylinder385N/A6-Speed ManualRWD
Cayman 2dr Cpe GTS$75,200 / N/A6 Cylinder340N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Cayman 2dr Cpe S$64,100 / N/A6 Cylinder325N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD

Is the 2016 Porsche Cayman a Safe Car?

Though it lacks the reassuring heft of some bigger, heavier sports cars, the Cayman's safety features are intended to protect its occupants in a crash. The chassis is steel/aluminum composite, which optimizes the car's structural integrity. Rounding out the Cayman's safety items are stability control and full-size and knee airbags.

The Porsche Cayman has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Association as of this writing.


Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Fog Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Premium Pkg
  • Premium Plus Pkg
  • Porsche Torque Vectoring


2016 Porsche Cayman vs the competition

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.

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