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2013 Porsche Cayman Debut

Don't let the looks fool you; this Cayman is as new as it gets.


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What's New

The Porsche Cayman enters its second generation as Porsche's entry-level model. Now, remember, this doesn't mean it's cheap; this is still Porsche, after all. But for a relatively reasonable amount of money, the Cayman has been the go-to car for Porsche drivers looking to drive a new Porsche coupe, but without the astronomical price tag that comes attached to a 911.

Yes, in some circles, $50,000 is a bargain.

The 2013 Porsche Cayman is the first look we have at the second-generation car, and as expected, virtually everything about it is new. Based on the same underpinnings as the all-new Porsche 911 and Porsche Boxster, the 2013 Porsche Cayman is lower, longer, wider, more powerful, lighter…basically everything-er than its predecessor.

Who It's For

The 2013 Porsche Cayman appeals to two different kinds of buyers. The first is the bargain hunters who, relatively speaking, can save money if they get a Cayman instead of a 911. The second are the in-the-know crowd, who understand that despite its entry-level status in the lineup, the Cayman has some significant advantages over its bigger, more expensive cousin. First, the flat-6 engine--available in either a 275-horsepower 2.7-liter version, or a 325-hp 3.4-liter version in the Cayman S--is mounted directly behind the driver, rather than behind the rear axle as it is on the 911. That means the car's handling is more balanced, and it responds better in corners. Now, obviously, the 911 is faster in virtually any circumstance--it is the flagship after all, and the extra power certainly helps--but the Cayman has earned a reputation among its fans as having an advantage.

Key Features

The list of what's new on the 2013 Porsche Cayman is incredibly extensive; virtually nothing is shared with its predecessor. But in addition to the new engines, new aluminum and steel body, and other technical tidbits that Porsche fanatics will drool over, there's also:
  • An all-new, luxurious interior that's so far above and beyond what it replaces, it's hard to believe it’s the same car.
  • Active cruise control, and accident avoidance. Using the same radar system as active cruise, the Porsche Active Save (PAS) system looks ahead of the car, warning and even stopping the vehicle if it senses an accident.
  • High-end Burmester sound system
  • More cargo space
  • It's also faster, handles better, and Porsche promises it's a better all-around sports car than the old Cayman ever was.

What We Think

What do we think of the 2013 Porsche Cayman? We think we want to drive one, that's what. After all, what's not to like about a two-seat, great handling, great looking sports car that's not just faster than its predecessor, but kinda affordable?

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