Porsche Cayman S

The Porsche Cayman S debuted in 2005 as the 2006 model. It represents the second of four Porsche Cayman trim levels. Porsche also added the S Black Edition in 2012. S Black Edition marks the highest Cayman trim level available.

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About the Porsche Cayman S

The Porsche Cayman S is known for its impeccable handling and arousing speed. The Cayman S epitomizes the original Porsche design, making it fun to look at and drive. One glance at this precision machine and you know it's a Porsche.

Car enthusiasts also swoon over the Cayman S design. The mid-mounted engine offers optimum balance for the car. Many discerning drivers find that this engine placement adds significantly to the vehicle's performance and handling. After all, Porsche 550 racecars from the 1950s use mid-engine architecture. That makes a pretty solid argument in favor of the Cayman S design.

Of course, all of this comes at a heavy price.

Porsche Cayman S Features

The 2012 Porsche Cayman S offers everything that the typical Porsche-buyer wants: power, great handling, and a cool look. The S comes with a 3.4-liter, six-cylinder engine that offers 320 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. According to Porsche's performance tests, the 2012 Cayman S will go from zero to 60 mph in just under 5 seconds. That makes merging a breeze and helps you get out of emergency situations.

Powerful engines don't usually have great fuel efficiency. The 2012 Porsche Cayman S, however, does rather well. The EPA estimates that it gets about 19/26 mpg city/highway. That might not impress avid environmentalists, but it proves a great number for a sports car with this amount of power. Besides, anyone spending the money on a Porsche probably doesn't worry about a few miles per gallon. It's a small price to pay for those who love the feel of a high-performance car.

The 2012 Porsche Cayman S also includes numerous features that will make you feel comfortable behind the wheel. The S comes with 18-inch wheels (an inch larger than the lower trim level), six-way adjustable seats, air-conditioning, and high-performance summer tires.

The 2012 Cayman S Black Edition adds more power and features. You still get a 3.4-liter, six-cylinder engine, but this one offers an extra 10 hp. It also features 19-inch wheels and a really cool exterior. It's not all about looks and speed, though. Porsche adds plenty of desirable features to the S Black Edition, including a lowered sport-tuned suspension and limited-slip rear differential. You also get the Porsche Communication Management system, which comes with a Bose upgrade and offers satellite radio, as well as Bluetooth compatibility and a universal audio interface.

Buyers can add tons of features to make the 2012 Porsche Cayman S fit their unique tastes. Heated seats, shift paddles, a six-CD changer, a 10-speaker surround-sound system, voice controls, rear parking sensors, and ceramic-composite brakes can really improve the car's likability. Adding these options, however, can cause the price to skyrocket.

You can also choose to add packages such as the Sport Chromo package. It comes with features that some people might call excessive (such as a lap timer), but you did just buy an awesome Porsche, so why not? If you have the money and desire, Porsche will hook you up.

No matter what features you choose to add to the 2012 Cayman S though, you only get limited space. Putting the engine right in the middle of the car has some definite advantages, but it also takes up a lot of room that most cars devote to passengers. If you need a lot of legroom or dislike claustrophobic interiors, then this won’t you’re your expectations.

The Cayman S does, however, offer a fair amount of trunk space. Since the engine sits in the middle of the car, you have cargo space in the front and back. The rear hatch offers nine cubic feet and the front trunk offers an additional 5.5 cubic feet of storage space. Unfortunately, these spaces have awkward measurements. Even though the car offers quite a bit of room, you will have a hard time fitting larger items into either area.

Overall, with this model you get all of the things you would expect from a Porsche. That means you also don't get certain things, such as a lot of room and an affordable price. If you seek a car of this ilk, though, it's hard to do better than the Cayman S.

Porsche Cayman S Evolution

Until 2012, the S trim level marked the absolute top-of-the-line Cayman. Today, the Cayman comes in Base, S, R, and S Black Edition trim levels.

Past versions of the S differ little from those manufactured today. It isn't surprising considering the car remains in its first generation.

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2006 Porsche Cayman S

Coupe, Sports


For more than three decades the 911 remained the only car produced by Porsche.

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