Old cogs, new trick
Yes, the gears in the 981-generation Porsche Boxster/cayman’s are too long (‘New v Used’, evo 238), but if you refer to the Sharkwerks Cayman GT4 review in evo 234 you will find that if you head Stateside with enough dollars there is an expensive solution to this problem.
However, I have employed a much more cost- effective solution on my own
Cayman. Now the glorious 7800rpm red line of its flat-six equates to 43, 77 and 107mph in second, third and fourth gears respectively. How have I done this? By simply ‘adding one’ to the number displayed in the gear indicator in the rev counter!
Admittedly, this solution works much better with PDK than a manual – with the latter you have to imagine there’s a first gear on a dog-leg – but otherwise it transforms the Cayman’s overly long gearing, ensuring the engine’s upper reaches can be experienced to the full on every occasion. Mark Richardson