TooManyIDs None
8/8/12 12:52 a.m.

I wonder if a Cayman S would have fared better (without all the white)? It seems to always get rave reviews, telepathic steering, handling, etc.

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ZOO UltraDork
8/8/12 9:43 a.m.

A Lotus has a better interior? Yikes -- it must be truly awful. The interior on my Elise is pretty junky . . .

markstudy None
9/25/12 10:28 a.m.

This is great! After reading 30 car mags that loved the Cayman... I finally found the corner of the internet that has a different view. I own a 2012 Cayman and love it, but no hard feelings, its kind of refreshing to find someone who doesn't like the car... so many gush about it, its nice to get a different point of view. I've owned a 1994 Mr2, Ferrari 308, NSX... and recently test drove- Vette, BMW Z4, 370Z and the Cayman. For me the Cayman was a jet ski where-as the Vette was a speed boat. I went for the nimble and agile car over the bigger feeling Vette, the cheaper feeling 370Z, or the luxury driving Z4. I spent my options money on Alcantara sports seats, and added a multifunction sports steering wheel). I've had the car for 1 year and would buy it again. I live for the tight corners in my local area, and its a absolute dream from 35-120mph in the twisties. Smiles per mile, best car I've owned. (Never been a fan of Porsche as a brand... but the Cayman caught my eye, the test drive sold me)

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Porsche's history is dotted with mid-engine models, from awesome Le Mans racers to the famed 914-6. A few years ago the mid-engine formula made a return visit with the Boxster, and the hard-topped Cayman eventually followed.

An all-new Cayman that mirrors the recently introduced 981-chassis Boxster is expected, and we recently spent some time with the outgoing model. A few interesting notes about our particular test car:

• Wow, it was white--like Miami Vice white: white paint, white wheels and even some white details inside.

• Notice that it was a Cayman and not a Cayman S. It's been a while since we have seen a non-S Porsche in the press fleet.

• No PDK, either, as this car had a regular three-pedal shifting mechanism, not the ever-so-popular PDK twin-clutch. (But hey, we're not complaining that we got to shift out own gears; call it a pleasant treat.)

• Our test car didn't wear $30,000 in options but wasn't totally stripped, either. There was no extra charge for the Carrera White paint. Something called a Convenience Package added $2230—that included bi-Xenon headlights, integrated rain sensor and a few other niceties. Other extras included heated seats ($525), Boxster S II wheels ($1235), Sound Package Plus ($700), spoiler lips painted to match the exterior ($485), wheels painted exterior color ($1490), Carrera white instrument dials ($690) and center console painted to match the exterior ($730). All told, options added about $10,000 to the tally.

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