Review: 2010 Porsche Cayman S PDK | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2010 Porsche S PDK

300 plus horsepower, mid-engine are a rare breed. It stands to then, that they be reviewed by someone who can put them their rarefied context. The of reviewer who can tell you the subtle differences between each of the 911, and whose keyboard is with the oil of a hundred home-rebuilt

At the very least, they be reviewed by the kind of people who get seat time in the unjustifiably mid-engined supercars that have to purchase to one-up a Porsche#8217;s considerable capabilities. So happens when a Porsche S ends up in the hands of someone who is to getting their motoring with a mass-market hatchback?

The answer isn#8217;t complicated watch out for garage doors?] . a thorough knowledge of the Cayman#8217;s the only impression that is a lingering soreness around the that were forced to several days clenched a …-eating grin. If that#8217;s enough for you, then by all grab your checkbook and to lighten it of the Cayman S#8217;s price of admission. After it#8217;s just money.

Of that#8217;s not how things work here. Luckily, some of most experienced writers already put the Cayman S through its and can cogently compare the crocodilian to its competition from within and beyond. Their sage confirm what is fast gospel for sportscar fans: the S is the Porsche for enthusiasts looking for poise and less pose.

But here#8217;s the catch: by gaining from those in the know, the has developed its own brand of snob And luckily for Porsche, there are of buyers who want to cash in on its halo, whether they drive past 7/10ths or Are these uninitiated post-posers in for the of nasty surprises that made Porsche infamous for its clientele, and still keeps Elise ownership in the domain of anoraks?

Entering the low-slung provides the first hint Porsche#8217;s junior coupe ask as much from the driver as #8220;pure#8221; enthusiast choices. Not are entry and egress easily but once seated, the Cayman is as as dachshund puppy. Sure, low to the ground, but visibility is surprisingly by its sloping fastback.

The effect is a user-friendliness that makes the feel like it#8217;s itself around before you leave the lot.

Unfortunately, intuitive, confidence-building impression is let down by the Cayman#8217;s cockpit. your first Porsche? You instantly be aware of how little of $60k+ went towards the materials. Of course, the Porsche is where it matters, namely in the and steering wheel departments.

Otherwise, you#8217;ll quickly craving the aluminum simplicity of an Especially when you realize your expensive navigation is no more functional or appealing the dour plastic that it.

Never mind the bollocks: you just snag the fastest sportscar under $100k to be in creature comforts. There are of front-engine GT cars that can … and keep you feeling without having to stare at the wheel#8217;s Porsche badge if you#8217;re actually truly paying Porsche to pimp Cayman#8217;s interior). What cars won#8217;t do, however, is complete confidence from the you step into the heavily-weighted gas and trundle the thing out onto the

Around town, the Cayman#8217;s stance and brilliant packaging a surprisingly strong argument for the S as a daily driver. Not only it hold more cargo you#8217;d ever guess for example, than the Lexus we traded i n for it), but it#8217;s handy in the tight car parks fluster so many sexily-styled In this era of high beltlines and back-up cameras, knowing your corners are at all times is the luxury.

Of course, the Cayman S isn#8217;t the city car. The 320 horsies out behind your back be managed with a subtle foot to keep the dual-clutch from confusing your for additional shove with the for a woofing visit to the 7200 RPM The steering, though precise and well-weighted, will come off as a bit and pointy to wannabe-enthusiasts raised on the helms of mass-market Americana.

The onramp is the first chance to the real reason you sprang for a S. With the transmission in drive, the few gears clunk somewhat into action, as 3.4 liters of grab the ground and throw it leaving the rapidly disappearing to deal with the consequences. a cloverleaf onramp faster expected, the instincts tell you to up on the throttle as the suspension begins to up.

Screw your instincts, you more grip than you what to do with. In fact, the moment I ever experienced in my with the Cayman S was on my first when adrenalin and self-preservation quietly whispered that I back off the throttle, which I did all the grace of a newbie handling 300 The PDK grabbed its accelerating gear, and sickeningly. Lesson learned: stop powering through corner.

I take a moment to thank my stars that my first experience did not take place in the era of lift-off oversteer.

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On the freeway, the S remains firmly planted and refined. Oh yes, and fast Speeds that I#8217;d reached over long, distances in empty Eastern were suddenly possible in the gaps between waves of California traffic. And when clot of Prii starts to the Cayman#8217;s fishbowl windscreen, the haul it back to legal with equal nonchalance.

If a speed freak with a tolerance, you might want to an extra several hundred Or you could just read a biography of James Dean.

all, 320 hp is likely to be enough for Cayman owners for the same that keep most of snorting their … of cooking it into crack. The sad about cars like the S (and recreational drugs …) is that you typically your limits long you find the outer limits of potent capabilities. And exploring limits usually ends up closely resembling work any kind of actual recreation.

And that doesn#8217;t just pushing the Cayman#8217;s epic to the point where the …-end so subtly that you#8217;re not if you just imagined it. For one thing, try an empty, winding road in the California area. After a few you#8217;ll be feeling the toothless of a sidewalk spare-change hustler.

And you do find a tight ribbon of you#8217;ll be an invincible, king-of-the-road, hero#8230; until you come up on NSFWing Prius.

For those moments when the road is and empty, you#8217;ll reach a of connectedness to a machine that people never feel. In you#8217;ll be so intoxicated by the experience, you even realize how terrifying pace was until you reluctantly let passenger take the wheel. disconnected from the telepathic chortling oomph and effortless the experience couldn#8217;t be more

And terrifying. Like having clap their hands your eyes while driving a #8220;normal#8221; car. more do you say about a car#8217;s to communicate with the driver?

But I#8217;d already read the to the Cayman#8217;s communication skills. read about the crazed speeds, the flattering flatness of the roadholding, the potent shove its flat-six. And to be perfectly honest, it exactly how you#8217;d imagine. is to say, lovely.

More surprising: the fact this car can turn a entertaining blast into white-knuckle without ever scaring and then trundle down the in quiet comfort and park in the tightest, tiniest structure.

In the Cayman S is a gateway drug. It like everything you#8217;ll want and more than ever really need. But time you go out driving, you#8217;ll be to push a little bit harder. undiscovered limits will you that much. You#8217;ll more#8230; and then, just a bit more.

Before you know it, end up like Dean. Or worse you#8217;ll end buying an even potent supercar.

Budget of Hills. an independently owned-and-operated of Budget Rent-A-Car gave us a rental rate on the vehicle for review. And having endured a experience with other, Budget shops in the area, we obligated to note that, in to offering a wide variety of and exotic cars as well as rentals, Budget of Beverly also provides a very level of customer service.

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