THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - Wheels -

The Porsche Cay­man presents an in­ter­est­ing quandary: opt for the iconic but in­creas­ingly lux­u­ri­ous and high-tech 911, or save a lit­tle cash and get most of the same fun in a smaller, more tra­di­tional sports car pack­age? Like its soft-top sib­ling, the Boxster, Porsche’s Cay­man is mid-en­gined, pro­vid­ing in­nate bal­ance and ma­neu­ver­abil­ity--as well as com­pact, svelte good looks. Smooth, flow­ing curves sweep up from the low nose over the fend­ers and into the teardrop roof pro­file. Mus­cu­lar haunches rise at the rear, wrap­ping around the sim­ple, tidy tail. In­side, the Cay­man is all mod­ern Porsche, with clean lines and smooth sur­faces bro­ken only by a plethora of but­tons. Two en­gines are avail­able in the 2014 Cay­man, to match the two pri­mary trim lines. The base Cay­man gets a 2.7-liter flat six-cylin­der rated at 275 horse­power; the Cay­man S gets a 3.4-liter flat six good for 325 horse­power. Sixspeed man­ual and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch trans­mis­sions are avail­able for both mod­els. When equipped with PDK and the Sport Chrono pack­age, the base Cay­man ac­cel­er­ates to 60 mph in just 5.1 sec­onds; the Cay­man S makes the run in 4.6 sec­onds. De­spite the brisk ac­cel­er­a­tion and strong horse­power out­puts, the Cay­man is sur­pris­ingly fuel ef­fi­cient. Gas mileage rat­ings for the base Cay­man, per the EPA, are 20 mpg city, 30 mpg high­way and 24 mpg com­bined with the man­ual trans­mis­sion and 22/32/26 mpg with PDK. The Cay­man S rates 20/28/23 mpg with the man­ual and 21/30/24 with the PDK. The Cay­man han­dles at least as well as the Boxster and Boxster S it shares its core ar­chi­tec­ture with; in other words, it’s bril­liant. The Boxster’s elec­tric power steer­ing is among the best in the in­dus­try, and the Cay­man’s is ev­ery bit as good. In fact, the only real dif­fer­ence be­tween the Boxster and the Cay­man, aside from a lit­tle ex­tra power in the Cay­man’s fa­vor, is the roof. Avail­able equip­ment and fea­tures are im­pres­sive, with a de­cided bent to­ward the lux­ury end of the spec­trum, though with­out some of the more ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and safety items you’ll find far­ther up the Porsche range. Much of the Cay­man’s fea­ture set is op­tional, how­ever, mean­ing the price will rise for each gad­get and gizmo you add to the pur­chase list. Some of the high­lights of the op­tions list in­clude: Porsche Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­age­ment, or PCM, which of­fers a seven-inch touch­screen dis­play, CD/DVD/MP3 player, avail­able six-disc CD/DVD changer, iPod/USB con­nec­tiv­ity, nav­i­ga­tion, and more; a Bose Sur­round Sound au­dio sys­tem with 445 watts and 10 speak­ers; a choice of three dif­fer­ent steer­ing wheels, one with multi-func­tion au­dio, phone, and nav­i­ga­tion con­trols; a choice of three seat­ing op­tions, in­clud­ing the stan­dard sport seats, power sport seats, and adap­tive sport seats with avail­able heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion; a leather in­te­rior pack­age to en­hance the look and feel of the dash, doors, and more; dual-zone au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol; built-in quad-band GSM tele­phone; and a “light de­sign” pack­age that adds dimmable, multi-zone LED il­lu­mi­na­tion to the cabin. Nei­ther the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NHTSA) nor the In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the 2014 Porsche Cay­man, but with a rigid alu­minum

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