Intro: While many Porsche fans flock to the iconic 911, a sportscar that more closely embodies the attributes of the original 911 is the Cayman 2-passenger hardtop coupe. Low curb weight, a taut suspension, and a naturally aspirated flat-six engine combine to make the Cayman a sports car lovers dream.
The Cayman's front end is decidedly Porsche, with gaping vents, LED inserts, and the iconic bug eye headlights. The body features a sculpted teardrop roof flowing seamlessly into the bulging rear fenders. Trims for the Cayman are base, and S. We tested the S which features standard 18-inch wheels, and vented disc brakes with red calipers.
Performance: Good luck trying to get a peek at the Cayman's engine. Its mid-mounted design has it located behind the driver, under the interior paneling. The base engine is a 265 horsepower 2.9-liter flat six, while the S model gets a 320 horsepower, 3.4-liter flat six. Power is sent to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual transmission or Porsche's "PDK" 7-speed dual clutch unit.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: True to Porsche pedigree, the Cayman features a well refined, 2-passenger interior. The instrument panel features a centrally located tachometer, a crucial placement for those who spend time on the track. The bucket seats are outfitted in standard leather while the leather-wrapped steering wheel features push/pull gear changing for use with the "PDK" transmission.
While the standard stereo is a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD player unit, we suggest upgrading to the optional 10-speaker, 385-watt Bose surround sound system. Another recommended option is the touch screen navigation system.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include, automatic brake differential, Porsche's stability management, traction control, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2011 Porsche Cayman is $51,900. A Cayman S starts at $62,100.
Warranty: The Cayman is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With all the classic attributes of a proper handling Porsche and a full array of modern amenities, the 2011 Cayman merges the best of old and new, into one very artfully crafted machine. (2:45)