- Redesigned for 2014 after skipping 2012
- Two trim levels: Cayman and Cayman S
- Related to Boxster convertible
After taking a short hiatus last year, the Porsche Cayman returns for 2014 after a complete redesign improved in basically every way.
And that’s quite a thing to say – the outgoing Cayman was no slouch itself, offering excellent driving dynamics and holding a deserved reputation as possibly the best handling Porsche in the lineup. The 2014 takes everything that was good about the old car and turns the dial to 11. More weight has been shaved off, fuel economy and power have both increased, acceleration comes faster, and there’s even marginally more cargo room (that counts as improvement, right?).
Styling has also gotten a big update; the new Cayman gets many of the changes found in the Boxster redesign for 2013, with aggressive side venting, updated headlights, and a new, long rear windshield that slopes elegantly toward the rear of the car. 18-, 19-, or 20-inch wheels are found at the corners and the back also now features the Porsche name prominently spelled out above the rear spoiler.
Under the hood (but not really, since the engine is in the middle), the rear-wheel drive 2014 Cayman has two flat-six engine options, one for the Cayman and the other in the sportier Cayman S. The Cayman features a 275-horsepower, 2.7-liter flat-six (horizontally opposed) that makes 213 pounds feet of torque. Cayman S models feature a 330-horsepower, 3.4-liter flat-six making 273 pounds feet of torque. Both cars are offered with either a six-speed manual, or Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic which is able to fire off rapid shifts and is so good that it will shave precious tenths off the Cayman’s 0-60 time.
The 2014 Cayman’s weight loss and auto-stop system, which shuts the engine off when stopped at lights to save fuel, mean that even though the engines have gone up in power they are also more efficient. Cayman models return 20-22 mpg in the city and 30-32 mpg on the highway (higher figures with the PDK gearbox). The Cayman S checks in slightly behind that, at 20-21 mpg/city and 28-30 mpg/highway.
Thanks to its mid-engine layout, the Cayman offers two storage spaces, one front and one rear for a total of 15.2 cubic feet of storage. The Cayman’s close ties to the Boxster also come out here; the interiors of the two cars are practically similar, which is a good thing. A touch-screen stereo, sport seats, HomeLink programmable garage door opener, and Bluetooth connectivity are standard. If you want anything more than that, fair warning, it will cost you – Porsche options have always been numerous and expensive, and that tenet still rings true here.
Standard safety features include all-disc antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Cayman S models actually get the same brakes found on the 911 Carrera for even more stopping power.