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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.
For the 2012 model year, the Cayman lineup adds an Ipanema Blue paint finish to the color palette along with the new high-performance Cayman R, which offers a 330-horsepower version of Porsche's renowned 3.4-liter boxer engine, revised suspension componentry and additional weight-saving measures.
The Cayman receives a new 2.9-liter boxer engine, while the Cayman S receives a new 3.4-liter engine, both providing more horsepower and improved fuel economy over last year's units. A new PDK (Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) double clutch auto-manual transmission is made available, while a six-speed manual gearbox is now standard on the base Cayman.
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.