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2011 Porsche Cayman Review
Thrilling handling and performance.
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The 2011 Porsche Cayman has none of the typical flashiness of other Porsche automobiles but it does promise to deliver the purest, finest driving experience. The Porsche Cayman has a beautiful balance of telepathic steering and mid-engine chassis that gives any driver a thrill when behind the wheel. The acceleration numbers are impressive with the Cayman, going to 60 mph in five seconds.
While there are numerous advantages to owning this car, there are a few disadvantages like the lack of legroom in the cabin. This is typical for a two-seater though. It also does not have the convertible top like the Boxster, and it is just a bit pricier than its sibling. The additional options can get expensive, as well, once several features are chosen from the extensive list.
For the best vision of the true Porsche sports car, the 2011 Porsche Cayman is a fantastic example. There are many reasons that any driver would love to own one of these new Porsche automobiles. It is a worthy choice for skilled drivers or less experienced ones, as well.
Engines: 2.9-liter six-cylinder, 3.4-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, automated manual six-speed (PDK)
Models: Porsche Cayman base, Porsche Cayman S
For the 2011 Porsche Cayman, there are numerous new options packages that add popular items, while the iPod interface and Bluetooth are now considered standard equipment on all of the Cayman models.
The 2011 Porsche Cayman has excellent features in the base model, and they are high-performance summer tires and 17-inch wheels, while the S model has brake calipers painted red and 18-inch wheels. Tons of optional equipment is available also, for an additional price. For example, the Convenience package can enhance the exterior by adding bi-xenon adaptive headlights, automatic wipers, and auto-dimming mirrors. There is an enormous list of options that are available or the standard features could just provide the right amount for an individual. The stylish body of the Porsche Cayman also features a rear spoiler.
Sitting inside the Cayman may be a similar experience than the Boxster, and it is because both cars share many aspects. The legroom is the same also, very small and hardly spacious. The trunk space is approximately 9 cubic feet in the rear hatch and 14.5 cubic feet in the front trunk, which is pretty impressive for a two-seater.
The 2011 Porsche Cayman has many standard interior features that include air-conditioning, cruise control, steering wheel with tilt-and-telescoping capabilities, four-speaker CD player sound system, Bluetooth, adjustable seats with power recline, and USB/iPod audio interface.
The optional packages can be added to further sharpen the interior, like the Infotainment package that adds satellite radio, a navigation system, and a sound system with seven speakers. Additional items like heated steering wheel, three various sport seat designs, ventilated seats, voice controls, or Bose 10-speaker surround-sound system can be added at any time before purchasing.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Porsche Cayman comes standard with the manual six-speed transmission being powered by a 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 265 horsepower with 221 lb-ft of torque. All Cayman models have rear drive and can opt for the automated manual transmission that is dual-clutch six-speed that is called PDK. Estimated times for acceleration is about 5.5 seconds for achieving a speed of 60 mph from zero.
The Cayman S model gets the 3.4-liter direct-injected six-cylinder that produces 320 hp with 273 lb-ft and can get up to speed in an estimated 4.9 seconds. The Porsche Cayman with PDK is only slightly quicker at 4.7 seconds. Whether the Cayman is purchased for its speed or luxury, it handles wonderfully with variable-ratio steering and body roll is almost nonexistent.
For those seriously skilled drivers, the 320 hp may be important, although for an average driver, the difference of 0.6 second may not even be noticed, except for in the pocketbook. The PDK transmission truly is a bonus for providing faultless manual shifting that is automated for the drivers that prefer an automatic transmission over the manual shifting. Overall, Porsche is continuing with its excellence in the 2011 Porsche Cayman.
The 2011 Porsche Cayman comes with standard safety features that include traction control, side airbags, stability control, side curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Porsche Cayman S: 19/26 mpg city/highway
- Responsive steering
- Powerful engines
- Balanced, precise handling
- Highly customizable
- Excellent transmissions
- Strong brakes
You Won't Like
- Slightly cramped cabin
- Expensive optional features
Thrilling handling and performance.
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