Porsche Cayman S 2013: Launch Review

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Porsche Cayman

S 2013: Review

Porsche Cayman S


New grown-up look

Not so

Significantly more dollars Boxster. Why?

RRP only a point. There’ll be plenty of Caymans

Now I’m clutching at


— Keeping the lid on

Cayman and Boxster are inextricably Any other carmaker would use the model name and sell the as cabrio and coupe. Then any other car company would more for the soft top and deliver the at a lower price.

Not Porsche.

was born of the Boxster and it now follows the generation of the former into And like its soft-top non-identical it has come of age. No longer this car be perceived as a poor 911.

With serious an impeccable chassis and looks firmly place it out of the pink and into the blue-for-boys playground, the is a sportscar par excellence.


— Boxster plus

Pricing for the new 981 Series Cayman was late last year There was little surprise it is more expensive than its stablemate – that’s the way Porsche has the coupe since its introduction .

The kicks off with the six-speed Cayman priced from That’s an increase of only on the previous generation, but a substantial more expensive than the Boxster. Porsche seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch manual transmission steps the Cayman up to $120,800.

Move on up to the S and the inter-generational increment moves to and the margin between cabrio and to a hefty $17,100. At $150,400 for the and $155,700 for the PDK-equipped version, the S can wear the ‘entry-level Porsche most still place on the

Porsche justifies the extra for the Cayman simply as positioning. the way it is – despite the fact more one Porsche executive admitted the costs more than the to build.

Some value may be attributed to the the Cayman has marginally more and torque than the Boxster in standard and S versions (see below), but for an extra 7kW these are increments.

At both grade Cayman and Boxster differ in terms of equipment, Porsche says. Full details of equipment loading will be closer to the car’s local in late April.

A myriad of will be available. The most chosen include Sport pack, sports exhaust, and wheel options.

Firsts for this generation include adaptive cruise control cars only) and keyless and start.


— Put a lid on it

direct-injected horizontally-opposed (flat) present in perhaps their polished and sweetest forms in the

Like the Boxster, the base engine is downsized from 2.9 to 2.7 It produces an impressive 202kW at rpm. Torque tops out at from 4500-6000rpm.

This is 7kW and up on the Boxster – though the soft power peak is 700rpm (max torque revs are the

Porsche claims a 0-100km/h of 5.7sec for the base manual and a top speed of 266km/h. 0-200km/h 21sec. The PDK equipped Cayman is quicker 0-100km/h and the optional Plus package reduces a further 0.2sec.

Fuels is 8.2L/100km. The PDK is more frugal at

The S variant is bigger in bore vs. 89) and … (77.5mm vs. 72.5) for a of 3.4 litres.

Power tops out at (also 7kW up on the cabrio at the same and differential as the base car), torque is also 10Nm up on S at 370Nm.

Porsche claims a time of 5.0sec for the manual S and a top speed of 283km/h. 0-200km/h 17.2sec. The PDK equipped Cayman S is quicker 0-100km/h and the optional Plus package reduces a further 0.2sec.

Fuels is 8.8L/100km. The PDK uses 0.8L/100km on the combined cycle.

In both and S versions the ‘hardware’ in the engine are the same. The power and torque are massaged via ignition and cam timing

Idle stop-start is standard on all A coasting function decouples and gearbox on the overrun on PDK equipped to help reduce fuel The watercooled Boxer sixes reprise the 911’s new thermal system for faster warm-up in turn reduces wear and

As noted above, both are offered with choice of manual or seven-speed PDK gearboxes. The get bespoke internal gear for the base and S but both versions their final drive and PDK internals.

Cayman offers a mode as standard. In manual this changes engine and disables the idle stop-start. PDK also get a gearbox program

This function should not be with the optional Sport pack that comprise engines mounts, new (introduced in 4) downshift engine rev matching in versions, and launch control on PDK Oh, and a dashtop-mounted clock.

The coupes the same aluminium-rich structure as roadster partners. The design is a layout (the 911 remains a design, for those sitting 101) with struts at all corners. The front is a conventional design while the rear set up tie rods and transverse and longitudinal arms.

Much of the Cayman’s compentry is aluminium and Porsche 44 per cent of the body in white is aluminium. Magnesium castings are (though as support structures for rather than structural as well as high and ultra-high steel. Alloy panels doors and front and rear

Porsche says almost 7kg was in the shift to aluminium for the rear alone. Indeed the company this generation is around lighter than the previous but around 40 per cent stiffer in of body rigidity. Cayman’s in white has more than the torsional rigidity of the Boxster.

not a criticism of the Boxster, rather of the bank-vault security of the coupe.

the 991 Series 911, the latest features electrically assisted steering. As we found in the Boxster, only adds to the driving – Porsche has this EPAS nailed.

The Cayman and Cayman S now on 18 and 19-inch alloys respectively. Up to diameter hoops are offered in a range of styles.

Brakes are upgraded across the In the case of the Cayman S, the four discs are from the 911 parts Ceramic composites are available as an expensive option.

Porsche Vectoring is also optional. out our 911 launch review for more on how feature works.

— to move

Boxster and Cayman architecture and the lion’s share of No surprise then that the dimensional changes that wrought on the Boxster last are carried through to the latest

At 2475mm the new car’s wheelbase in longer than the outgoing (and longer in fact the new 991 Series 911), track is front and rear (36-40mm on model) and overall length is up The front overhang has been the roof is marginally lower and the car a ‘faster’ windscreen that’s further forward than the old

Perhaps the best way to put the new Cayman in is to compare it with 911s old and Longer and just a fraction is terms of wheel-to-wheel dimensions the new 991, the Cayman is almost a class of vehicle larger the last of the air-cooled 911s, the 993 The new coupe’s wheelbase is a whopping longer, while front and track are 120/100m wider

The Cayman’s styling carries the Boxster’s more masculine with strong shoulders and scallops in the pillarless doors channel air to the mid-mounted engine and ducts.

The headlamps look from the Boxster parts bin and a taster of next year’s 918 supercar – at least in prototype The staggered lamps are also of great Porsche mid-engined of the past like the 917 and 956 series. feature four element running lamps – a new Cayman the company says.

The new styling is to reduce aero lift by 25 per and drag – now 0.30Cd.

But forgive me if I the technical and suggest there’s a little of modern 246 Dino in the way the presents – especially in the hero Racing Yellow.

The side scoops, the nose paired outboard intakes and the dome to the roofline, combined a hint of buttress and rear lid to evoke a touch of Maranello in my It’s a much more styling job than the push-me double ended look of Boxsters and Caymans.

Inside room for two. And that’s it. No 2+2 here. The wheelbase stretch has more room to the cabin features a Carrera GT inside centre console and the series’ instrument panel (911s traditionally featured five).

versions deliver top-notch quality that is trademark

Infotainment, smart phone and navigation duties are handled by the seven-inch touch screen in Boxster and other Porsche Local Caymans will with satnav standard and phone integration across the

The mid-engine layout delivers something almost unique in the world – luggage space. Up there’s room for two cabin sized suitcases while the hatchback style rear the rear deck offers for a couple of soft bags and oddment storage.

Does matter? Probably adds to the for owners, but if you’re looking to kitchen sinks then I reckon you’ve come to the place.

— Active – a Porsche standard

Porsche not take part in the NCAP but I’d be as happy to crash in one as any of the focussed’ brands that stars and scores. They to be built like brick Anyway isn’t the idea to obstacles and use the car’s dynamic to stay in one piece?

Rhetorical commenters!

Cayman comes with six airbags and the normal of driver aids including stability control and multi-function, performance antilock brakes. Of note is how effective the stability is. Subtle in its application, it allows a driver to wring the neck of the

Confident that he or she has a safety net – at the track.

For the road, Porsche Safe (PAS) is now offered in – as an adjunct to optional adaptive control (but only in PDK cars). PAS will detect and the driver of a potential nose to and if necessary augment braking but unlike systems from companies (e.g. Volvo) it not brake the car autonomously to a standstill.

— On paper some, but in the world?

Porsche suggests TT RS, BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK in their various But that’s their official – in the real world there are sales influences, they

Insiders suggest Cayman and attract many aspirational to the brand – especially at the base car Unlike the 911 where the main is the Carrera S, in Cay-ster land the entry-level car that moves.

same insiders say Cayman S is cross shopped with BMW M3.

In almost as many Caymans are as Boxster – that’s not the case Porsche Australia says it move around 200 Caymans in the first full year on Are you tempted enough to be one of those

— Here I go gushing

. if you have any interest in owning one of the best sports cars, you be.

Even though it is much polished in this generation, the is essentially rawer than the In part, imprisoning that sonorous flat-six engine the same roof as the driver that’s the case. It’s behind your ears and it lets you forget that.

the optional sports exhausts, back a gear or two and accelerate into a Porsche heaven.

truly sampled the Cayman S on the stunning Portamao’s circuit and the entrancing roads of the region.

On the the S is the new tool to have. The PDK might be but the manual version’s downshift rev allows you extra attention to the track’s challenging lines and is the best of both worlds – the true three-pedal manual with some of the ‘security’ of the smarts.

Most buyers opt for the twin-clutch PDK transmission. We’d not be them. The Cayman’s slick tight gated six-speeder is a joy to use and adds to the whole ‘true’ car experience.

With prodigious of grip and preternatural balance any can drive the Cayman fast. fast. It turns in which unerring accuracy and absolute that the nut behind the wheel has no other than to fess up to his or her own

The car makes few if any mistakes without

Portamao is possessed of a number of blind and/or flat to corners yet the Cayman is at home on one of them. The long downhill right-hander on to the straight has an almost over-the-crest entry yet every lap I like the car could have through there faster. So grip, so much precision.

Am I

Porsche claims this 981 S is faster round Nürburgring the outgoing generation at 7m55sec Carrera S does 7:40). prepared to suggest that it is half as intimidating to lap the Green at 90 per cent effort to boot.

At the of the tyres (only approached they were hot and with a degree of hamfistedness) the chassis come in with a subtlety barely dims forward Only heroes or halfwits turn these aids off on the (or at most track days for the

On the road, given the car’s level of body control and its ride is impressive. Even on wheel and low profile rubber. no doubt in my mind you could drive your Cayman day of the year and not tire of its manners.

On surfaces the tyre thrum can get a wearing in the cabin and the optional exhaust switch can make the a little droney. But, my luggage space comment, if after quiet and cosseting, again come to the wrong

It’s easy to argue our side of the fence that pay too much for the Cayman compared to in other parts of the world. harder to argue is that be wrong in doing so.

Even at plus the Cayman S is a stunningly and compelling sportscar.

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Published. 15 February 2013

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