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The Porsche Cayman shares much of its midengine mechanicals with the second-generation Boxster, but its more rigid structure results in an even more capable driving machine. The Cayman combines sharp, responsive handling, outstanding braking capability and a choice of two engines that will enthusiastically sing as they slingshot you down the straightaway. With the introduction of the latest, larger iteration of the Porsche 911, it's clearer than ever that the Cayman is the car that best personifies the Porsche tradition of high performance from a compact, lightweight package.
If we have a complaint, it's that the Cayman is priced considerably higher than its competitors, especially when you select a useful number of options from Porsche's list. But when it comes to providing a combination of all-around performance, intuitive driver interaction, day-to-day comfort and desirable prestige, we can't think of a better car in this segment than the Porsche Cayman.
Used Porsche Cayman Models
The Porsche Cayman debuted in the 2006 model year. For the first year, only the Cayman S model was available. Like the current model, it was powered by a 3.4-liter boxer six-cylinder, but it produced 295 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. The base Cayman model launched for 2007 and featured a 2.7-liter six-cylinder with 245 hp and 201 lb-ft of torque. Its standard manual transmission featured five gears, while both models' optional automatic transmission was a more traditional five-speed unit with "Tiptronic" manual control.
Prior to the 2009 refresh, the optional navigation system was an older design with a smaller screen and poorly designed controls. Items like ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, iPod interface and satellite radio were also not available. The exterior styling was also somewhat different. When PDK was first introduced, it only came with the awkward shift buttons. The paddles became an option for 2010. The Black Edition and Cayman R arrived for 2012.
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