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2014 Porsche Cayman S: Mind-blowing on the road

The Porsche Cayman offers nearly unparalleled driving dynamics, as it is powered by an energetic six-cylinder engine.
The Porsche Cayman offers nearly unparalleled driving dynamics, as it is powered by an energetic six-cylinder engine.

Porsche Cayman


There are many great cars that we are fortunate to test, some of which we end up thinking “might not be bad to own one of these one day.”
Then there are others that just make us drool – a far more visceral reaction than just having a thought of parking one in our garage.
The 2014 Porsche Cayman S is in the latter category.
After making its debut in 2006, the Cayman gets its first makeover in this model year.
Version one was good looking and a blast to drive.
Version two is great looking and even more of a blast to drive.
The driving dynamics of this car are almost beyond compare, whether you’re on an interstate highway, a two-lane rural road or a suburban street.
That’s because unlike some sports cars, you can appreciate the Cayman at virtually any speed; you don’t have to be in heavy throttle mode to get your kicks.
Taking a gentle curve at 30 mph can be just as fun as sprinting in the fast lane on a six-lane highway.
The Cayman features a mid-rear engine, which gives it good centering, a noticeable quality when you aggressively take on tight corners.
The engine is a 3.4-liter, six cylinder that’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Porsche says it goes from 0-60 mph in a lightning quick 4.7 seconds.
The transmission shifts smoothly, after a brief adjustment period – it takes a day or so to really get a feel for the gearbox.
There are three driving modes: regular, sport and sport plus. We found that to be somewhat amusing, like “oh, yes I got tired of this exceptionally tight suspension and responsive handling, so I shifted into sport plus to get a superbly tight suspension and responsive handling.”
You’ll be fine keeping it in regular driving mode, and doing so helps fuel economy, which is rated at 20 mpg city, 28 highway.
The thing that we initially loved about the Cayman upon testing it when it made its debut was how much more refined it was than other Porsche models. It has retained that refinement, thankfully, while still providing a full-blown sports car experience when it comes to pleasant engine roar and road feel.
The snug interior provides everything you’ve come to expect from a Porsche. Plenty of button controls in addition to a touch screen that lets you manipulate climate and audio.
Don’t expect much storage space, though.
Of course, if you’re driving this, you’re way too cool to be hauling around a bunch of groceries or junk that you found at the antique market.
But if you must carry some stuff, just subtly drop it into the up front trunk.
The test drive model Cayman that we had carried a sticker price of just under $89,000.
So it’s very much a car for the one percent, also known as the ballers.
Meanwhile, though, if you get a look at one, or better still get to drive one, try not to drool.

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