The Porsche Cayman is a new model for 2006. Though it is based largely on the Porsche Boxster roadster, it is a fixed-hardtop coupe with higher performance potential than its open-topped sibling. With its stiff platform, aerodynamic styling, and enhanced performance, the Cayman S is, in many ways, a rival to Porsche's own 911.
Porsche has expanded its model lineup in recent years, adding the Boxster roadster, the Cayenne sport utility, and the limited-production 200-mph Carrera GT supercar to dealer showrooms. Here we have another new Porsche, the Cayman S, which takes its name from a tropical alligator-like reptile, the Caiman. The Cayman S is a cross between the Boxster roadster and the 911 sports car. The Cayman shares much of its underpinnings with the roadster, but has a fixed-roof hardtop like the 911 Carrera coupe. Porsche exploits this stiffer chassis by installing a new and more powerful engine than is available in the Boxster. The most powerful version of the Boxster, the Boxster S, has a 3.2L horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine rated at 280 hp. The Cayman S has a 3.4L unit that punches out 295 hp, enough to propel the sports coupe from a standing start to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. It also has significant top speed capability and can continue on to 171 mph on a test track or Germany's autobahn.
According to Porsche, in testing around the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany, the Cayman S not only turns lap times that exceed its rivals in the sports coupe class, but Cayman lap times also challenge the company's own 911 Carrera for speed and agility. While based on the Boxster, the Cayman S has the same braking hardware as the 911 Carrera. Despite its dynamic capabilities, the Cayman S manages fuel economy rated at 20 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway, and its efficiency qualifies this sports car as a low-emission (LEV II) vehicle.
For all of its power and nimble handling, the Cayman S is more than a performance car. It was designed to be aesthetically appealing inside and out, comfortable, and is well-appointed for long-distance driving, whether on two-lane mountain roads or wide stretches of Interstate. Manual or Tiptronic automatic transmissions are available, and Porsche Stability Management is standard. Porsche's Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Sport Chrono package, both designed for high-performance driving dynamics, are available as options. The interior features more storage than the Boxster offers. Like the Boxster, the Cayman S has its primary trunk in the front of the car, but it also has an additional storage area under its aerodynamically-sloping hatchback roof. A premium sound system, a navigation system, and back-up warning sensors also are available. Front, side, and curtain air bags are standard equipment.
J.D. Power and Associates Research
What do owners think about the quality of Porsche Cayman as it comes off the assembly lineCayman S ranks highest in initial quality in the compact premium sporty car segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM Cayman S performs well in the seats, HVAC, and interior categories. Cayman S performs better than segment average in the interior, exterior, the driving experience, features/controls/displays, seats, and HVAC categories.
The Porsche Cayman is a new entry in the Compact Premium Sporty segment, a small but prestigious and competitive category of cars with cutting-edge design and aggressive performance capabilities.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the sales leader for calendar-year 2005 was the Nissan 350Z (27,278 units sold), followed by the Acura RSX (20,809) and Mercedes-Benz CLK (18,227). Other competitors include the Chrysler Crossfire, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, BMW Z4, Porsche Boxster, Honda S2000, Saab 9-2X, Audi TT, and Volvo C70.