Same silhouette, same characteristic sound, the Porsche Cayman plays the profound change in the continuity. After the Porsche Boxster, last spring, the Cayman, built on the same base, is in turn a good shot of young. If its mechanics, still as seductive, develops only little, its chassis, it is brand new. With the key, and even more intense sensations.
Not easy, the life of a Cayman in the Porsche range. On one side, there is the 911, who plays the Queen mothers and no end to cultivate the myth up to celebrate its 50 without restraint this year. On the other, a Porsche Boxster Evelyn, always ready to make the beautiful and down the hood to the slightest ray of sunshine. History of better to seduce crowds. So, stuck between the two, exist to safeguard a hunting ground, the Cayman must show fangs.
Not simple, for him to assert warlike temperament seeing Office flanged in the hunt for power. Ask, in effect, to tickle Her Majesty 911 side performance. The Porsche Cayman S version, the more upright from € 65,608, WINS so 5 ch, but displays already a close weight-to-power ratio of a Porsche Carrera 350 horses, sold 35% more expensive (from € 89,498).
What is changing. The Porsche Cayman retains its characteristic silhouette of central motor cut back, with a front flat CAP and a very receding back. Well look, number of details have yet changed. Previous shield is more ample, sides were dug to feed the engine air, suggested the windscreen 10 cm and tailgate window drops significantly. There is also the emergence of an edge that connects the rear lights to the retractable spoiler. In the end, one realizes that there is practically not a common body element with the previous model. Logical, since it is the entire structure, which has been redesigned. Thanks to a construction more widely using aluminum, hull could be relieved of 47 kg, resulting in a gain of 30 pounds overall. This does not prevent the torsional stiffness increased by 40%. At the same time, routes have been significantly expanded and the wheelbase has increased of 6 cm, with reduced overhangs that limit the total elongation to 3 cm (4.38 m). All things that should logically enjoy road behaviour.
Little change, however, on the side of engine, we said. The Basic (from € 52,527 model wins 10 HP (275 HP), despite an engine capacity reduced from 2.9 to 2.7 l, while the Cayman S, our test object, claims now 325 c. The one as the other are available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a robotic box PDK dual-clutch. This last proved an even more indispensable option that its price € 2,840 is largely offset by a lower malus of € 3,000. Added Stop & Start systems and energy recovery braking, this box contributes also to a gain of consumption in the order of 15%. Not to mention, let’s see the pleasure it provides.
Inside, the atmosphere is both luxurious and sporty. Luxurious, with a polished presentation with a flawless finish. Also thanks to the quality of materials and equipment, especially if there is no fear of digging in the impressive list of options. In series, it is true that it is a little dry. Even the automatic air conditioning is optional € 765. Count still € 3,091 for an interior all leather, € 3 163 for the system with GPS, € 3,934 for the specific audio system Burmester 12 HP or 1 602 euros for Sport Chrono Pack. In addition to the addition of a timer on the dash, it especially enjoy a sportier engine and the robotic box, as well as media management of dynamic box which, as on a competition car, akin to a rigid mounting.
At the wheel, properly seated in enveloping seats against a central console tilted inspired by the Porsche Carrera GT, it enjoys a perfect position and you feel immediately feel a body with the car. A quality essential to fully enjoy the pleasure of driving a true sports car. Central motor requires, the Cayman is a coupe strictly two-seats. However, it compensates for by a relatively generous luggage for the kind space. In addition to the 150 l chest, storage of 160 l is indeed located behind the engine. It can even pass to 275 l charging up to the ceiling, bringing the total capacity to 425 l, i.e., that a good family sedan.
Notice of Scoop Car. Like any Porsche self-respecting, contact is on the left of the steering wheel. However, a system without key € 625 made its appearance. With the adaptive cruise control (2,021 euros), this is one of the new options. Found with delight the sound so special the six cylinder flat. So, not stingy in options, our test model inherits the sport exhaust € 2,176. Just for fun, we then teases the Porsche Boxer to the 7500 rpm in the red zone, on Road, its generous torque allows driving already very dynamic without having to force plans.
The slightest Jolt-free, sweet and perfectly responsive, especially if one takes care to select Sport, the dual-clutch transmission mode is a real plus in driving pleasure. Punctuating his climbs to a deflagration and its downshifts with a generous shot of gas, like a race car, it is not for nothing in the sensations that one experiences at the wheel of the Cayman.
But, where we recorded a real difference with the current model, it is in terms of road behavior, and even circuit developments, since we had the chance to turn with this grind 2013 on the splendid and very demanding Portimão circuit, South of the Portugal. Boasting an excellent natural balance, due to the position of its engine, the Cayman is also an excellent motor. It realizes by turning off traction control and ESP. It is, however, clear input curve that the most progress. Boasting a best director power, its new expanded front train crashes literally in the corner without leaving the place one ounce of understeer. Pulling the steering wheel, loading the front brake, and the gear fits on the finger and the eye.
Agree, the wheels of 20 inches € 2,511 and the limited slip differential with torque € 1,315 vector is equipped with our car do not impair the maneuver. More than its carbon-ceramic brakes € 7,355, recommended for intensive use on track. But its behavior is not less remarkable, particularly on road where the Adaptive PASM suspension, yet refined, gives this Porsche road of the first compromise comfort-held plan. On degraded road, few cars are probably able to match his pace.
Accomplished Sports Coupe, Porsche Cayman you have understood did finally that a true single flaw: its price. Because if its base rate € 65,608 can still seem almost reasonable, once with all necessary options, model ‘that goes well sees its price tags closer to significantly a base 911 € 89,498.