All new for 2014 and termed the “third generation Boxter” or “rival to the 911,” this powerful and sporty edition by Porsche is getting noticed. Despite its obvious lower price and less powerful engine from that of the 911, the Cayman S is a stand-out for 2014 and may be a brilliant alternative to Porsche’s top-of-the-line machines.
With new chassis technologies, more power and lighter weight, performance is impressive. Named a top 10 pick by Car & Driver, it’s making even Porsche all-time enthusiasts rave. Equipped with a free-revving, 3.4-liter, flat-six engine with Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus, the vehicle reaches 325 horsepower at 7,400 rpm. The six-speed manual transmission accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 175 mph. With the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the 0 to 60 mph can be hit in 4.6 seconds and achieve a maximum track speed of 174 mph. The optional Sport Chrono Package offers a further performance boost, enabling the new Cayman to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The electromechanical steering system adds efficiencies to the performance and the fuel consumption, and eliminates the need for hydraulics and fluids that need to be serviced.
The interior has been completely re-styled, adding a sportier yet enhanced comfort to the driving experience. The silver-colored details on the dashboard and center console and the leather applications on selected features — such as the steering wheel rim, gear lever/selector and door handle inlays — add to the new look. Like many of the luxury offerings today, the new Cayman offers extensive personalization options, truly individualizing this model. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) integrates the navigation technologies, audio optional and communications well, making the experience an often-lauded benefit to owning a Porsche.
Better fuel economy, more luggage space, a smoother ride, impressive styling inside and out are what is making this 2014 Cayman S a true contender against the 911 and a great entry model at a more affordable price.
2014 Cayman S
- City MPG 19
- Hwy MPG 28
- 0-60 MPH 4.7 sec
- Transmission 6-speed manual
- MSRP $63,800