The 2.5-litre turbo Cayman S is $140,300, a $30,000 premium on the 2.0 version. RRP just
start. most popular transmission — the seven-speed twin-clutch auto adds $4990 and sports exhaust $4330. With bright orange paint ($5390), black wheels ($5600), high-end Bose audio ($2650) among other accessories, our car was more than $180,000.
Its one of life’s cruelties that by the time you can afford a Porsche almost can’t clamber in and out one, given they are so close to the ground. Once on board, seats are superbly comfortable be adjusted get optimum driving position. Tyre noise can
raucous, though, and we accidentally broke the plastic flap in driver’s door pocket which, discovered hard way, can’t fit a small water bottle.
Six airbags are standard but PRICE From $140,300 SAFETY 6 airbags ENGINE 2.5-litre 4-cyl turbo, 257kW/420Nm TRANSMISSION 6speed man, 7-speed twin-clutch auto; RWD THIRST 7.3L-8.1L/100km 0-100KM/H 4.1s (on test)
many safety aids are options or unavailable. Auto emergency braking (to a standstill) and lane-keeping tech can’t be had, while radar cruise control is $2990. Despite poor rearward vision and the front dipping out of view, rear sensors
a camera add $1690.
The boffins reckon the Cayman carves corners better than its 911 stablemate, because engine is further forward and balance is more neutral. It has seemingly endless grip, sharp accurate steering, incredible braking power. We did 0-100km/h in the Cayman (4.6 sec) and Cayman S (4.1s) in “launch” mode, beating Porsche’s claims by 0.1s each. It’s not perfect, though. Even with the sports exhaust, the four-cylinder sounds ordinary. A shame given many buy Porsches for their unique sound.
Porsche 718 Cayman, $110,000 The regular 2.0-litre turbo Cayman (220kW/380Nm) is still a blast and $30,000 less expensive than the S. It handles corners with same finesse
goes almost as quick. Audi RS3, $78,600 The all-wheel drive RS3 is quicker than the Cayman S (0-100km/h in 4.0s on our test), has practicality of a fivedoor hatch and less half
price test car. Mercedes-Benz C63 Coupe, $162,115 Fully loaded, with blistering performance from the twinturbo 4.0-litre V8. Benz claims 0-100km/h in 4 secs — best we did was 4.4 as it struggled to get power to ground.
If your budget will stretch, the Cayman S is spectacular but dull exhaust note needs work.