The Porsche 911 sports car may be the best-known Porsche around, but the 2016 Porsche Cayman, which has been sitting quietly in the background, is in many ways a better sports car.
The 911 may be more suitable for long trips, but if we were looking to speed down those highways and back roads for a bit of fun, we would probably choose the Cayman.
With the Cayman, you get the most accurate steering. This mid-engine sports car has top-tier maneuverability, balance and poise, similar to the soft-top Porsche Boxster. All models are available with a six-speed manual or PDK seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
You can choose between four powertrains that should excite any driving enthusiast. The base model of the Cayman has a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine that can throw out 275 horsepower. If you upgrade to the Cayman S model, you get a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine with 325 horsepower. You get even more horsepower – 340 – with the tuned GTS 3.4-liter. New for 2016 is the Cayman GT4. This version has a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with 385 horsepower. It is a leaner, focused road racer edition.
At 18 years old, the Porsche’s mid-engine sports car is barely street legal and ready to rumble. A sibling to the Boxster, the Cayman has evolved into the ultimate driving experience. Whether your preference is a classic and simple sports cars or a throaty performance machine, the 2016 Cayman delivers in spades with superior handling, slick shifting, dynamic and fuel efficient engines, a superbly appointed interior, and a medley of customization options.
Porsche had introduced four models in the 2016 Cayman lineup: the base Cayman, the Cayman S, the Cayman GTS, and the GT4. Power is what sets each model apart, along with a number of variations in equipment that comes as standard. The base model impresses with a 27 -horsepower, 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine. The Cayman S roars courtesy of a 325 horsepower 3.4-liter six-cylinder.
A noteworthy drive of the 2016 Cayman lineup is the GTS, which rocks it out with a 340 horsepower version of the 3.4-liter engine. The six speed manual shifter is standard on all 2016 Caymans, but buyers can choose an optional seven-speed dual clutch paddle shifted PDK gearbox.
True to Porsche’s reputation, there’s not a slacker in the bunch of the 2016 Cayman line. They’re all built for speed. The husky flat six builds power progressively, giving you the additional control and passing power you rely on for downshifting.
The base model Cayman with manual transmission tops out at an imposing 165 mph and goes from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds. The optional PDK transmission will get you to 60 in 5.3 seconds. Add the Sports Chrono package in sport plus mode, and that time is down to a jaw dropping 5.1 seconds.
The beefier Cayman S with manual gearbox also impresses with a top speed of 175 mph and hits 60 mph in a hair-raising 4.7 seconds. The optional PDK cuts that to 4.6 seconds, and with the Sports Chrono package, you’ll get there in 4.4 seconds.
The Cayman GTS with manual transmission has a top speed of 177 mph and goes from zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds. The PDK version uses the standard launch control to get you to 60 in 4.5 seconds.
The 2016 Cayman lineup is the first to utilize electric power steering, and it does so with aplomb. The feel is light and accurate, taking a lesson from the 911. There’s less feedback than provided by a hydraulic unit, but it’s nicely weighted and it complements the Cayman’s dynamic poise.
The Cayman weighs in at around a stealthy 3,000 pounds – very light. Its lightness lets the steering shine, with the mid-engine nature putting less of the burden on the front tires. The reduced weight also contributes to the nimbleness in turns, and allows the relatively low power output to generate fantastic acceleration from a stop or rolling start.
The Incredible GT4
The tour de force of the 2016 Cayman line, the GT4, is a lean and focused road racer edition with a 3.8 flat six that winds up to 385 horsepower. Its rear wheel drive via a six-speed manual with dynamic gearbox mounts designed to minimize drivetrain oscillation and vibration. Standard on the GT4, this feature is typically available only as part of the Sport Chrono package.
Porsche has increased the down force significantly with some new body additions, including three pronounced inlet openings in the front, and a large fixed rear wing. Already low on the stock model, the suspension is 30 millimeters lower yet for a better handling experience.
The GT4 tops out at an incredible 183 mph, and goes from 0-60 in an amazing 4.2 seconds. If you have the skills and the pluck for it, hit Germany’s Nurburgring and complete a lap in a mere 7:40, a time comparable to those set by the 997-series 911 GT3 and Ferrari 430 Scuderia.
The 2016 Cayman two-seat coupe from Porsche is available in base, S, GTS and GT4 models. Each of these models offers traditionally outstanding Porsche performance and aesthetics as well as varying levels of power and comfort.
Even at base with no additional options or add-on packages, the majesty of the Cayman cannot be denied. It is simply brilliant in every possible way. Options and add-ons, such as those found on the GTS, only serve to heighten the experience of driving a Porsche or give it a performance boost. How you want to spec the car depends upon your intentions with it. Picking and choosing the equipment that makes your Cayman a perfect fit is a simple and streamlined process with Porsche. Spec your Cayman out for high-speed adventure, or keep it simple for your regularly daily needs.
Coming standard as equipment on the Cayman are 18-inch wheels, performance tires rated for summer use, adaptive rear spoiler, a center exhaust outlet, an automatic start-stop feature that helps with fuel economy, heated mirrors, the HomeLink system, partial power seats (recline, forward/backward, height) and Bluetooth connectivity.
At the S trim level, the Cayman gains a bigger and more powerful engine, bi-xenon headlights, bigger 19-inch wheels, larger front brakes, red calipers and a dual exhaust.
With the GTS model even more power and torque come standard, along with 20-inch wheels, Porsche Active Suspension management with adaptive dampers, adaptive headlights, a sportier exterior trim, upgraded synthetic-suede interior, and the Sport Chrono package (which includes a lap timer, additional driving mode and launch control). On the exterior of the Cayman GTS, the headlights and taillights have tinted lenses.
The Cayman GTS shows improved performance, but not at the expense of comfort. The sport exhaust, adaptive suspension Sport Chrono package and larger wheels keep it plush. At a price about $10k above the Boxster S, the GTS is a value added total package – greater power, various visual cues, and an included $14k worth of upgrades normally considered optional.
The new top trim level Cayman, the GT4, has an even larger and more powerful engine than the GTS. A sport suspension with lower ride height, bigger brakes and a mechanical differential lock with variable torque distribution round out the performance upgrades. On the exterior, a larger unique fixed rear spoiler is included.
On top of all of the trim packages available from Porsche for the Cayman, there are a great number of individual options that can be added. Keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, voice controls, adaptive cruise control with the PDK transmission, and Convenience package are just a few of these options. There are interior audio/video options, such as the Infotainment package (upgraded touchscreen, navigation system, USB port, smartphone integration), and three possible stereo upgrades. A nine-speaker system, 10-speaker Bose surround-sound, and a 12-speaker Burmester surround sound system can all be chosen for your Porsche.
In the interior of the 2016 Cayman there are four seat options – 10-way power standard seats, Sport Seats Plus, 14-way power Adaptive Sport Seats Plus and (for the GT4) carbon-fiber bucket seats with partial power adjustments. The interior can also be customized with an endless amount of colors and trims.
Every Porsche Cayman trim can be outfitted with ceramic composite brakes, and all of the models except the GT4 are available with a speed-sensitive power steering system.
The 2016 Porsche Cayman is not just an outstanding sports car, but also a fully customizable performance vehicle ready for the track, the street, or anywhere in between.
If safety is important to you when choosing a sports car – and it should be – take a closer look at the 2016 Porsche Cayman. The Cayman provides safety features that meet, and in many ways, exceed those of its competitors.
For example, check out the Cayman’s advanced aluminum frame. It was designed to utilize the benefits of superior strength, all while retaining the light weight desired in the best sports cars.
Moreover, inspect the Cayman’s airbag layout. Airbag protection has never been so thorough. The Cayman comes with four airbag locations, protecting the complete body from any angle. Also included are beams to guard against any unfortunate side impacts, advanced traction and stability control, and an anti-lock braking system that will never fail.
In addition, to improve a driver’s visibility, the Cayman has added a rear view camera. With its front and back ParkAssist sensors, the rear view camera provides any necessary feedback for safe parking. All of these features combined make the 2016 Porsche Cayman one of the safest compact sports cars available today.
Many different performance levels are available in the Porsche Cayman lineup unveiled in 2016; and as the performance level increases, the gas mileage inevitably decreases, however the fuel efficiency of the Cayman is really most impressive.
The EPA-rating of the base trim Cayman with a manual gearbox is 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway (or 22 mpg city and 32 highway if you use PDK dual-clutch automatic.)
With a manual clutch, Cayman S models get a rating of 20 mpg in city and 28 mpg on highways. With PDK, it is 21 city 30 mpg highway.
If you opt for the most potent Cayman GTS, you can expect these ratings: 19 mpg city and 26 highway with a manual, and 22 city and 30 highway using PDK.
The sleek manual-only Cayman GT4, which boasts the best performance, has a city rating of 18 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
Few sports cars can be said to be so efficient while offering such great fuel economy.
The Porsche Cayman is a supreme feat of engineering, and ranks as highly as any of the vehicles available from the iconic brand today. We urge you to test drive this phenomenal vehicle – we guarantee that it’s an experience of a lifetime.