- New GTS model for 2015
- Hard-top, mid-engine sports car
- Superb handling and balance
The 2015 Porsche Cayman returns after a full redesign last year with a brand new model, the Cayman GTS which becomes the most performance oriented variant atop the Cayman S.
Last year’s changes were extensive and brought improvements to the Cayman’s performance and fuel economy, a rare case of having your cake and eating it too. And you can afford more cake with the money saved on gas. Weight reductions make the Cayman more efficient and improve handling, while the powertrain offers more power for better acceleration, and even cargo room improved slightly.
The Cayman’s styling echoes what is found on its Boxster stablemate, Porsche’s other mid-engine offering. However instead of a soft-top, the Cayman is a fixed roof coupe with the rear glass easing back towards the tail to give the Cayman better proportions. Prominent side vents provide added flair. 18-, 19-, and 20-inch wheels are available.
Each of the Cayman’s engine options are setup in a flat-six configuration, instead of a traditional V. This allows the engine to fit better right behind the cockpit, which gives the Cayman superb balance and handling. Base level Caymans feature a 275-hp, 2.7-liter flat-six that makes 213 pounds-feet of torque. The Cayman S gets a larger 325-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six that makes 273 pounds-feet of torque, while the new GTS gets a version of that engine that has been up-tuned to make 340-hp and 280 pounds-feet of torque. The rear-wheel drive Cayman has two transmission options, a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK that is able fire off rapid shifts via paddle shifters. PDK remains one of our favorite transmissions, and Porsche test drivers say they are actually faster around the track with PDK than the manual.
Inside, the Cayman got upgraded materials in the redesign giving the cabin a more upscale, luxurious feel. There are two cargo areas, front and rear, which offer a total of 15.2 cubic feet of storage. Standard features include a seven-inch touch screen that controls the audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, sport seats, and a programmable garage door opener. Available options include navigation, heated and powered seating, and automatic climate control but be warned – Porsche options are notoriously expensive.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, six airbags (including knee airbags for both passengers), and an electronic stability system.