Photos and news about it have been all across the media since the unveilence of the 2014 Cayman S. Appropriately launched in Los Angeles, where a sizeable portion of Porsche 's customer base is located, this is the second generation of the Cayman, based on the third-generation Boxster.
While car experts claim it resembles quite a bit with the Boxster, the new Cayman S shares a large amount of its architecture with the new 911, too, which pays off in its intensive use of aluminum. The lightweight alloy makes up 44 percent of the car’s body, specifically, the front and rear body, the floorpan, the doors, and the front and rear trunklids. Porsche says this more than offsets the added mass of new equipment and larger wheels and that the net weight loss for a Cayman S is a claimed 66 pounds.
The Porsche Cayman S is powered by a direct-injected 3.4-liter flat-six - essentially a de-tuned version of the base 911's motor. It's capable of pumping out 325 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of twist. A six-speed manual is standard, while a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox is available as an option.
The Cayman S offers a wide array of interior treatments and paint schemes in addition to available luxury and convenience features. While most other automakers offer such options as part of full packages -forcing buyers to sometimes pay for features they do not wish- Porsche offers all of its extras as stand-alone features. This means that buyers can create unique, custom cars -although doing so can quickly get very pricey.
There’s also a list of performance add-ons like carbon-ceramic brakes, various wheels, adaptive dampers, and the new addition of adaptive cruise control with collision warning.
Even without the add-ons, the Cayman is still a revelation on the road. The communicative, precise steering and general feel of the car will lead most to a driving experience not soon forgotten.
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