Want 80 per cent of a 911 for half the price? Where do we sign?

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­guide.com.au

PORSCHE’S Cay­man makes it damned hard to rec­om­mend a 911. The lat­est in­car­na­tion of the mid-en­gined two-seater has grown up to the point it’s more than enough car for most en­thu­si­asts. It’s also about half the price of a 911, so po­ten­tial own­ers can se­ri­ously con­sider buy­ing the Cay­man and toss­ing in a Cayenne SUV for fam­ily needs. Tough call, if you’ve got the cash.


In out­right per­for­mance terms, the Cay­man is a bar­gain with a base price of $107,100. Step­ping up to the 3.4-litre S model costs $139,900.

The ob­vi­ous op­po­si­tion comes from Audi’s TT S and TT RS, which are quicker in a straight line than the Cay­man and Cay­man S re­spec­tively. The four-ringed brand is also cheaper and uses an all­wheel-drive sys­tem that im­bues the cars with Su­per­glue lev­els of grip.

Where the Audis lose ground is in chas­sis and steer­ing feed­back— there’s still noth­ing on the road at the price that is as com­mu­nica­tive and re­spon­sive as the Cay­man.

That’s re­flected in in the lap times of the famed Nur­bur­gring, where the Cay­man S’s 7 min­utes and 55 sec­onds is 12 sec­onds faster than the out­go­ing model.


A big­ger foot­print— the wheel­base is 60mm longer and the front track is 40mm wider — gives the Cay­man a bet­ter stance on the road, aided and abet­ted by a near-ideal 46/54 weight split. Auto stop-start and en­ergy re­cu­per­a­tion on both en­gines helps cut fuel use by 15 per cent de­spite the per­for­mance lift.

A six-speed man­ual is stan­dard fare; the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch auto adds $4990.

The electro­mechan­i­cal

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