Paul Maric road tests and reviews the 2014 Porsche Cayman S.
In a world where practical sports cars mean everything, the Porsche Cayman S reigns supreme. This pint sized German punches well above its weight on road, without losing out on interior room, storage space or functional appeal. In fact, the Cayman S may just be the most perfect compromise between performance and usability.
This latest Cayman revision aims to improve on what is near perfection. A few minor styling tweaks, electrical steering and a jazzed up interior headline the MY2013 Cayman range — you know what they say; if it ain’t broke…
Inside the cabin, soft to the touch materials and a driver oriented layout makes the Cayman S driver’s seat a great place to be. An updated touch screen with satellite navigation is high resolution and very easy to use. It blends in well with the great sound system, which can stream audio via your telephone or iPod.
One of the coolest things about all new Porsches must be the key. It’s the shape of a car and slots into the dashboard to start the engine — you’ll definitely have the best key on the table at the café.
Under the bonnet:
Sitting directly behind the driver’s seat, the 3.4-litre flat-six cylinder engine is mid-mounted for optimum weight and noise distribution.
Producing 239kW and 370Nm of torque, the flat-six produces an absolutely unique sound that is both addictive and attention seeking. The naturally aspirated engine offers the performance benefits of a meaty six, but doesn’t feature the same thirst, averaging just 8.8L/100km in six-speed manual form.
Despite the miserly fuel consumption, the six-speed manual Cayman S is good for a 0-100km/h dash of just 5.0-seconds.
On the road:
Surprisingly, the ride is exceptionally compliant and smooth. Even more surprising is the heavenly electric steering. While electric steering normally makes the driver feel disconnected from the wheels, it’s the exact opposite in this Porsche.
Accurate feedback and perfect weighting makes this steering package one of the best on the market.
Throw the Cayman S through a few bends and it really begins to make sense. A feeling of almost unlimited grip is matched with razor sharp throttle response and a seemingly endless rev band. The tight gearbox is also a bonus and brings the Cayman S to life.
The Porsche Cayman S range starts from $139,900 for the six-speed manual and $144,890 for the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 3.5 litre horizontal six-cylinder petrol developing 239kW and 370Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed dual clutch auto or six-speed manual
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Three years
Price: From $139,900