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2014 Porsche Cayman

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2014 Porsche Cayman Review

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Contrary to popular belief, the vaunted Porsche 911 is not the brand's most dynamically endowed performance car. Delivering the same weight balance found in the world's most sophisticated racecars, the mid-engine 2014 Porsche Cayman is perhaps the purest embodiment of a true driver's car. Lighter, wider, faster, and more efficient than its predecessor, the all-new Cayman is also more refined, offering a newly available Burmester premium audio system, optional adaptive cruise control, and top-notch interior materials. Like its drop-top twin, the Porsche Boxster, the 2014 Cayman offers a pair of flat-6 engines and a brilliant new design both inside and out. While rivals like the Chevrolet Corvette, Audi TTS, and the less expensive Nissan 370Z deliver comparable straight-line performance, none can match the Cayman's inimitable combination of handling prowess, sensory fulfillment and curbside presence.

You'll Like This Car If...

Contemporary mid-engine sports cars are an endangered species in today's marketplace, and most are unattainable for all but the well-to-do. If you are looking for the near-handling perfection and superior balance of a mid-engine coupe in an affordable package, the 2014 Porsche Cayman is the only game in town.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Snowbelters who plan to trudge their sports car through messy winter conditions might express a preference for the all-wheel-drive Audi TTS. On the value side of the ledger, the Cayman's extensive list of costly a la carte options can quickly vault the sticker price into the $90,000 range.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 model year marks the third generation of the Porsche Cayman. With a new aluminum-intensive body structure at its core, the 2014 Cayman is lighter, more agile and 40-percent stiffer than the outgoing version. And despite the price difference, well-appointed Cayman models exhibit the same premium look and feel as the flagship 911.

Driving the Cayman
Driving Impressions

The 2014 Porsche Cayman is designed for enthusiasts who like their performance doled out in a user-friendly fashion. Driver inputs are met with pleasingly predictable responses, and the precise, communicative...

... steering is nothing short of a revelation given the fact that it's electrically assisted. Braking in both the Cayman and Cayman S is urgent and powerful, without feeling overly sensitive. The highly rigid chassis and taut suspension of the Cayman S is well suited for track days, but have a tendency to transmit much of the road's bumps and rumbles. In "Normal" mode, however, we found the available Porsche Active Suspension Management improves overall ride comfort without sacrificing dynamism, making the Cayman markedly more livable. Like the Nissan 370Z, the Cayman's manual gearbox incorporates a new rev-matching feature that automatically matches engine rpm to wheel speed during downshifts for smoother clutch re-engagements. Hardcore traditionalists need not fret, as this feature is offered only through the Sport Plus drive setting.

PDK TRANSMISSION
For the greatest acceleration regardless of variant, the Cayman's optional dual-clutch PDK transmission is the way to go. Beyond its performance credentials, the 7-speed PDK automatic provides a happy medium for drivers who need the traffic-friendliness of an automatic, but desire the raw, hard-wired feel of a conventional manual gearbox.

PORSCHE TORQUE VECTORING (PTV)
Based on vehicle speed, steering angle and throttle position, the optional PTV system gently applies the brake on the inside rear wheel to help minimize understeer (loss of front end traction) while entering corners.

2014 Porsche Cayman Details
Interior

The 2014 Porsche Cayman's cabin is sleek and upscale. In true Porsche tradition, the sophisticated cockpit-style layout features a driver-focused dashboard and a myriad of easily accessible controls. Gone is the claustrophobic feel of the previous cabin, replaced instead with ample headroom and a surprising amount of legroom for a segment not known for it. Ergonomics are outstanding, though outward visibility is quite limited due to the Cayman's high beltline and bulky C-pillar. The standard seats are supremely comfortable and supportive, and while the available sport seats further up the performance ante, we deem them non-essential.

Exterior
2014 Porsche Cayman photo

Sharing most design cues from its recently redesigned Boxster kin, the 2014 Porsche Cayman demonstrates a more assertive look, underscored by edgier lines, sloping headlights, and prominent side scallops. The body is now 44-percent aluminum, which makes the 2014 Cayman some 66-pounds lighter than the vehicle it replaces. A 2.4-inch longer wheelbase and wider track afford a sizable boost in high-speed stability. In terms of storage, the luggage area within the rear hatch coupled with a front trunk combine to deliver a commendable 15 cubic feet of cargo space, comparable to most mid-size sedans.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Porsche Cayman is available in base and high-performance Cayman S trim levels. Standard features on the base model include 18-inch wheels, water-repellant front windows, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 4-speaker audio system with a 7-inch LCD touch screen. Beyond the extra horsepower, Cayman S models include a wider track for improved lateral grip, 19-inch wheels, and low/high beam xenon headlights that emit up to three times more light than conventional halogen systems. When it comes to safety, all Cayman models include eight airbags, a wide range of electronic stability aids, and complimentary roadside assistance for the duration of the limited warranty.

Optional Equipment

The 2014 Cayman offers a lengthy list of upgrades along with numerous bespoke options that will wrap just about any interior surface in leather, carbon fiber, Alcantara (synthetic suede), aluminum, or matching exterior paint. A new addition to the options roster is an adaptive cruise control system that employs a radar sensor to monitor traffic ahead and maintain the driver's selected following distance.

Unlike some of its more raucous rivals, the Cayman's unobtrusive exhaust note makes the premium 12-speaker Burmester sound system a worthy add-on. Lastly, if you believe it's necessary to outfit your next sports cars with pricey traction-enhancing gizmos, know that most drivers will run out of nerve long before the Cayman runs out of grip.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Porsche Cayman offers a pair of mid-mounted flat-6 "boxer" engines. The base 2.7-liter engine is good for 275 horsepower, while the more powerful 3.4-liter mill of the Cayman S churns out a very respectable 325 horsepower. Both the Cayman and Cayman S direct power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission or an available 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy figures are still being calculated by the EPA, but Porsche anticipates a 15-percent bump in efficiency compared to last year's lineup.

2.7-liter flat-6
275 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm
213 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500-6,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 (manual), NA (automatic)

3.4-liter flat-6
325 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500-5,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (manual), NA (automatic)

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2014 Porsche Cayman Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
10.0
Out of 10

Based on 7 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    10.0/10
  • Reliability
    10.0/10
    Performance
    9.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.7/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

My second Cayman S

By on Saturday, May 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The first "07 was great ... this one is better in every respect ... both standard shift cars I can get into paddle shifting although the rev matching in Sports plus mode is convenient and a little embarrassing since I can't match its precision"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Sports Car

By on Sunday, August 9, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had the base Cayman with PDK for 26 months as my daily driver. Great car, lots of fun, especially on twisty roads where this mid-engine car really shines. Drive comfort is good for a sports car. Acceleration is good in sports mode, and handling is outstanding. Interior is comfortable and very functional. Controls are laid out well and NAV system is good and worth having since you have limited space for dash mounted device. Gas milage is great, I average about 25 MPG on mostly back road driving. Downside I'll note include; 1- no spare tire, get a flat and your day is over. 2- On really cold days (-5 to 5 f) the washer fluid (even winter fluid) has a tendency to freeze in the line as the resevoir is in the unheated front trunk. 3- As with all Porsches, the options run the price up very quickly, so choose wisely."

26 people out of 32 found this review helpful

Awesome car to drive!

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Mid engine handling."

Cons: "Very limited cabin space."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is an awesome, fun car to drive. The handling is flawless and the car is beautifully designed. The mid engine causes the car to be very balanced. Turning curves is exhilarating, probably the best of all cars. I really love my 2014 Porsche Cayman S. This is my second Cayman, the first was a 2005 model."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best Cornering Car Ever!

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Price, Exciting to Drive, Comfortable Ride"

Cons: "Tire noise can be loud"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my first Porsche and it is amazing! The car is so light and the mid-engine enables precise cornering at high speeds. The interior is beautiful and the seats are stiff & supportive."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best sports car I have ever owned

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best sports car I have owned"

Cons: "Pricey options and upgrade"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned many sports cars including 911s, Viper, corvette, NSX. This is the best sports car I have owned. It is well balanced enough to use as a daily driver , but it is absolute fiend on the track as well. It is beautiful on the outside, well appointed on the inside, and is the best-driving sports car I have owned. The only downside is that Porsche gouges you on the options so be thoughtful about how you customize your car."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Worth every penny!

By on Thursday, March 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Not too expensive compared to other cars."

Cons: "Bluetooth issues with Iphones."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Very well engineered. Although, it does no have +400HP, the car is fast and it pretty much sticks to the ground."

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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