Perfection. Sheer perfection. That’s what ran through my head every time I jumped in the Porsche Cayman I recently tested. To me, it’s even better-looking than Porsche’s vaunted 911 Carrera, and—this may sound somewhat heretical—in Cayman S form, I think it even drives better, too. (I know…gasp!)
With its powerful six-cylinder engine sitting right behind you and scintillating steering singing road texture to your fingertips, the feathery, second-generation Cayman can be best described as transcendent from behind the wheel. The new interior looks and feels as premium as that of the bigger, heavier 911, thus banishing whatever cheapness may have characterized the first-generation model.
Also, while certain people love hard tops (who doesn’t?), some still prefer convertibles, and for them, Porsche does sell a Cayman convertible—it’s called the Boxster—and it’s just as delicious.
Now here’s where it gets sad: the $101,000 price of my yellow Cayman S tester (inflated by a set of $7,400 ceramic brakes, a brilliant $3,200 PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a $7,300 Burmester surround sound system, among other stuff) could bring tears to your eyes. But, trust me, those tears quickly turn into tears of joy once you’re out on the road.
2013 Porsche Cayman/Cayman S
Base Price (including destination): $53,550 (Cayman), $64,750 (Cayman S)
Power: Cayman: 2.7-liter flat-6 (275 hp, 213 lb-ft of torque); Cayman S (325 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque)
Tranny: 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic
Fuel Economy, city/hwy: 12/19 mpg
Or you could buy:
Porsche 911 Carrera (base model)
Renowned automotive journalist and gay car geek Steve Siler has turned his life-long love of cars into a fruitful and enthusiastic career traveling the world to test thousands of new vehicles as they are introduced. Siler is s regular contributor to Car and Driver Magazine, Edmunds.com,AutoTrader.com, AOL Autos and Yahoo! Autos, and also pioneered automotive writing for the GLBT community more than a decade ago.