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2013 Porsche 911: Cayman S or 911?

September 16, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

I had the very good fortune of driving around in the new 2014 Cayman S recently. Now I'm in a quandary. Which would I rather have, a Porsche 911 or a Cayman S?

I've been one of those guys who always considered the Boxster or Cayman the poor man's Porsche. I thought of them as entry-level models that weren't for the "real" Porsche drivers.

I can admit when I'm wrong, and I was.

Holy smokes, the Cayman S is good. As good, maybe better in some areas, as the 911. I also thought that the Cayman was considerably smaller, but as the overlay above shows, that's not the case.

I never thought the 911 should have had rear seats, so that's not a concern between these two. With the frunk and trunk you get with the Cayman, I think it's actually more convenient in terms of cargo.

Sure, I like the power that our 911 puts down to the pavement, but the Cayman is no slouch, either. In terms of handling, on the track or in the canyons, I'm equally giddy tossing either car around. With the 911 starting at $85,250 and the Cayman S stickering at $64,750, I now have 20,500 reasons to go with the Cayman.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 17,190 miles


  • akula1 akula1 Posts:

    You're going to buy a Cayman S for $65K? Yeah right, good luck w/ that.

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    Yeah, how much for a "fully loaded" Cayman S? $100k?

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Ah! Welcome to the dark (mid-engine) side! As for this whole finding a Cayman S at a reasonable price, a thirty second search found a new one at $73,000. Also, Porsche has this fancy thing where you order the exact car that you want, you'll just have to wait a month or three...

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    at the local porsche dealership they have the caymans and the 911s all mixed up on the show floor and you really have to look twice to tell which you are looking at

  • karbuff karbuff Posts:

    Hmmm 3.4L vs 3.4L. 350HP vs 325HP. PDK vs PDK or 7sp vs 7sp. If you're an Android user, you're probably sync'd to a Cayman. If you're IPhone is plugged in to a cigarette lighter, 911. Demographics 101. Just make sure you opt for the $1200 smokers package.

  • rakekniven rakekniven Posts:

    I had the opprotunity to drive both at the Porsche World Roadshow this year around PPIR in Colorado. The C4S is incredibly competent, and at the end of the day, probably offers more outright performance. But if you can live without backseats, I'm convinced that the Cayman S is the single best car for sale today. Even the base Cayman put a massive smile on my face driving it around the track. I've never felt that connected to any car before, it was the closest I've ever felt to being on a sportbike while driving.

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    Look, if you are a 911 fan, a TRUE 911 fan, this whole Cayman S thing is comical to you. It's like going to see Louis C.K. and when you get there it's Dane Cook and everybody is telling you "Well, he's hot now and he's SOOOOO funny! Just as good as Louis C.K." and you really want to believe it but after two jokes you're really bummed you're there and five years later you're REALLY upset about the whole thing because people are all like "who the hell is Dane Cook?"

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