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2011 Porsche Cayman

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2011 Porsche Cayman Review

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Since being introduced in 2006 and 2007 respectively, the Porsche Cayman S and Cayman have taken a lofty place in the two-door sports car class amongst rivals such as the Audi TTS Quattro Coupe, BMW Z4 M Coupe, Nissan 370Z and Mercedes-Benz SLK350. In just a few short years, the Cayman has become a benchmark sports car that many Porsche-philes claim is the best and most balanced platform in the lineup. In 2011, the Cayman will have an even more focused variant in the (very) performance-oriented Cayman R. While none of the Cayman models can be considered inexpensive, the price difference between the base Cayman and 911, along with the Cayman's mid-engine design, may leave you wondering: Which Porsche is the one to aspire to own?

You'll Like This Car If...

If you pine for the thrill of a truly balanced sports car with precision German engineering, the 2011 Porsche Cayman could be the car of your dreams. The fact that pricing starts $10,000 to $20,000 below the 911 is just icing on the cake.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If being inside a small sports coupe makes you slightly claustrophobic, or you need large rear sightlines or amounts of storage space, the Cayman simply isn't going to cut it in your motoring world.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Cayman and Cayman S haven't been changed for 2011 so much as refined; there have been tweaks to the lighting (both front and rear), the chassis, the optional Sport Chrono Mode and the Stability Management system. There are new popular equipment packages and some new colors. The biggest change for the 2011 Cayman is the addition of the Cayman R model, which adds a lowered ride height and retuned suspension while shedding 121 pounds of air conditioning, stereo and the like – all the while receiving a boost to 330 horsepower.

Driving the Cayman

Driving Impressions Even among all the legendary Porsche models, it's hard to recall a car that feels so utterly right under virtually all dynamic conditions. The Cayman's super-stiff structure provides a rock-solid...

suspension platform that has allowed engineers to maximize its potential. The already great but improved Porsche Stability Management system (PSM) gives quick, responsive steering feel and the clutch-and-shifter combo is near-perfect on both models. Each of the three Cayman trim levels has its own virtues: The base Cayman, at 265 horsepower, delivers a world-class sports car experience combined with a smooth ride. The Cayman S gives you 320 horsepower of thrust without sacrificing livability. The Cayman R is definitely for the hardcore driver; while it only packs an extra 10 horsepower over the Cayman S, the Cayman R's reduced weight and sportier suspension make it a car that won't give the driver a moment to consider the lack of a stereo or air conditioning.

Mid-Engine Balance
Automotive theory holds that putting a car's engine between the two axles will contribute to superior handling, and the Cayman S is real-world proof. We're hard-pressed to remember a car that feels so "just right," in so many driving situations, as the Cayman S.

Head-Turning Style
Porsche sports coupes over the years have been iconic designs in automotive history. Despite being a young model, the Cayman's flowing lines and restrained aggressive stance make it a worthy addition to the Porsche design canon.

2011 Porsche Cayman Details
Interior

Plenty of Porsche heritage is evident in the detailing of the Cayman's compact but well-finished and comfortable cabin, starting with the signature dash-mounted ignition to the left of the three-spoke steering wheel and lots of leather and brushed aluminum accent trim. Gauges are handsome, coming in black trim on the base model with aluminum trim on the S. The seats are comfortable with more than enough support for enthusiastic corner-carving. However, with stowage space under both the front hood and the rear hatch, the Cayman has a good deal more practicality than might be apparent at first glance. Sightline issues on the 2010 car are addressed in the 2011 with new, larger wing mirrors.

Exterior

The 2011 Cayman is unmistakably Porsche, displaying classic styling cues not only from the 911 but from a host of the marque's iconic street and competition cars. Easily the most eye-catching touch is its sweeping C-pillar treatment, a flourish that harkens back to the elegant 904 racing coupe. The wide stance and flowing fenders on the base and S models are given a harder edge in the R, with its fixed rear spoiler and lip spoilers.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system that encompasses traction control, engine throttle control and enhanced functions of the anti-lock vented disc brakes comes standard in all Cayman models. The Cayman mounts Z-rated 205/55 front and 235/50 rear tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Cayman S gets bigger front brakes and steps up to 235/40 front and 265/40 rear rubber on larger 18-inch wheels. The Cayman R gets 235/35 fronts and 265/35 rears on lightweight 19-inch wheels. As for comfort and convenience touches, the base and S models come with the creature comforts of air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio, speed control, remote keyless entry, trip computer and an anti-theft immobilizer. The Cayman R is downright spartan, having shed just about everything not vital to the relationship between driver, car and road, though niceties like air conditioning and a stereo can be optioned at extra cost.

Optional Equipment

For 2011, Porsche's PDK dual-clutch transmission replaces the Triptronic as the "automatic" option. The PDK is essentially two half-gearboxes in one unit that anticipate gear selection and execute shifts at astonishing speed. The optional Sport Chrono Package Plus allows the driver to monitor information such as lap times for track days and features Launch Control when equipped with the PDK. Also available are racing-derived Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), both manual and full-power sport seats, bi-xenon headlamps and four different kinds of 19-inch alloy wheels. An Infotainment Package brings a 6.5" touchscreen unit with navigation, XM satellite radio and MP3 connectivity. As usual with Porsche models, the combinations of interior materials, matching color pieces and other design options is near endless.

Under the Hood

The 265-horsepower 2.9-liter "boxer" flat-six engine that sits amidships in the 2011 Porsche Cayman and the 320-horsepower (330-horsepower in the Cayman R) 3.4-liter six in the Cayman S both benefit from the same VarioCam Plus technology used on the flagship Porsche 911. This system precisely controls intake camshaft timing and valve lift to enhance both total response and fuel efficiency. While the entire Cayman family comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, those who prefer an automatic can opt for the PDK (Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) dual-clutch auto-manual transmission, featuring steering-wheel-mounted shifters. Porsche claims a manually-shifted PDK Cayman S can hit 60 miles per hour in under five seconds, with the base Cayman getting there in about 5.5 seconds and the Cayman R hitting 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. For buyers who opt for the Sport Plus Package with Launch Control, Porsche claims even faster 0-60 times.
2.9-liter Boxer 6
265 horsepower @ 7200 rpm
221 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400-6000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (manual), 20/29 (PDK)

3.4-liter Boxer 6
320 horsepower @ 7200 rpm
273 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (manual), 20/29 (PDK)

3.4-liter Boxer 6
330 horsepower @ 7400 rpm
273 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (manual), 20/29 (PDK)

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2011 Porsche Cayman Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 17 Ratings for the 2009 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Handles like a dream, great styling

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun, reliable, timeless styling"

Cons: "so much fun you don't want the trip to end"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Recently drove my 2012 from California to Pa. Comfortable, sufficient cargo space,great gas milage and a dream on both wide open spaces and curvy mountain roads.A real attention getter with its classic lines and throaty sound."

32 people out of 52 found this review helpful

Wonderful drivers car

By on Friday, September 27, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Handling, Handling, Handling."

Cons: "Not the most practical vehicle for grocery runs"

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

"If you've never driven a Cayman. Don't dismiss it until you have. It handles like nothing else I have driven. Well mannered in traffic. Comfortable on long runs and, most importantly it is a joy on a twisty road. Try it. You won't regret it."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

The Affordable Porsche; The Base Cayman

By on Saturday, March 16, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Performance, Handling, Styling & Affordability!"

Cons: "None worth mentioning, its a Porsche!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Upgrading from my 2005 RX8 & not wanting a convertible, i searched all exceptional sports car replacements that were also affordable. I was shocked to discover that a used 2009 base Porsche Cayman was within my reach. On average, $10k less then the S class Caymans w/only 40 less HSP. Debuting in 2006, the 2nd generation 09 Caymans received significant upgrades inside & out. Performance, handling, horsepower, styling, prestige & affordability exceeded all my expectations. My RX8's value was $12.5 w/31k miles. The base Cayman was $36k w/26k. Subtract that trade-in value & you'll see why i'm smiling along PCH unable to drive 55! Go test drive your Cayman today, you won't be disappointed!"

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

exceptional handling, a sensual profile

By on Monday, December 03, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

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
8/10

Pros: "looks, handling , fun"

Cons: "none really"

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

"The curvaceous, elegantly sensual shape of this car especially in black - is mind boggling! People just stare it. The handling is exceptional - usually drive a mercedes CLK500. What a winner!!"

5 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Best driving car I've ever owned!

By on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "I drive it on a track and it handles great"

Cons: "stiff ride, options pricey"

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

"If you want a drivers car, buy a Cayman over the 911. Better handling car at a much cheaper price. Only complaint is it could use more horsepower."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

My video 

Laps on a track

Dream Car

By on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gets your day going"

Cons: "None"

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

"In reply to a review I read here about the engine blowing up and having smoke on a start up. This means that either the car was not driven correctly for the first 500 miles under 4,200 RPMs as stated in the manual and just went all out as you first received the car. Also this can happen when the car is driven in excess of speeds of 160-220kmhs (100-130mphs) for long period of times and doing without letting the engine to warm up properly. This causes the parts to reached tremendous temperatures and expand, as it cools down and the parts retracts; oil seaps into the combustion chambers and when you start it BAMMM you get your POOF of smoke at the start up. If this what your inner child is dying to drive then go and get it and enjoy it! I have no regrets with my purchase, waiting to see the new changes when the 3rd generation comes out soon. Just look at what they did to the new 911 models..."

16 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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