Unlike previous reviewer, I'm a real Porsche owner
written on 05-04-2016
Sorry, but "911 drives like a bloated Buick"? "Namby pamby automatic transmission"? [non-permissible content removed] I'm a 10 year member of the PCA and have never heard any real Porsche owners talk such stupidity. Now, regarding the Cayman....I own a 2014 Cayman S with 6 speed manual that was just in for its 3 year (24k miles) service. What a low cost pleasure it has been. Still on all four original 20" Pirellis with 5/32+ tread left and brakes are like new (8/32+)......notwithstanding two half day auto cross events. Tight as a drum and not a rattle to be found. The Cayman is a better daily driver than my previous 911/997 S. Which, BTW, handled spectacularly as well, but the 911 is 300+ lbs heavier, not as nimble and a rougher ride around town. I've averaged 21 mpg since new, with 30 mpg at 75+ on highway. Golf clubs fit in the hatch, the "frunk" handles the luggage; I've been on several weekend roundtrips of 600-800+ miles with my wife. Handling and steering are truly exceptional - equal or better, IMO, than my buddy's Ferrari 430. Straight line acceleration isn't head-snapping spectacular, but still very good and better than "only" 325 hp suggests; thanks to the 2,900 lb curb weight. Short throw 6 speed makes rowing your own a true pleasure on this car (notwithstanding that the PDK is the best dual clutch transmission on the planet, for anybody that is uneducatedly concerned about being a namby-pamby) Overall, the Cayman S is the most enjoyable sports car I've owned. Recommend PASM and sport chrono packages. Also, 18 way adaptive sport seats are great, but if you need to save $3,000, the manual "Sport Seats Plus" are more than adequate.
I traded my 2006 Guards Red Cayman S for my new 2016 Agate Gray Cayman, and I am very glad that I did. Both cars were super fun to drive, each for slightly different reasons. Plenty of power, great handling, and superb brakes for having fun on the highways and back roads. The car is agile and accurate, moving perfectly in response to a tight steering ratio, and great road feel transmitted to me while underway. The 2016 has a little more leg room inside for taller drivers. My fuel consumption is not as good as advertised, but that is because when I drive the car I usually am in Sport Mode and maximizing the "fun" that I bought the car for. If there is anything to complain about, it is that I sometimes get carried away with the amount of fun that I am having while running faster than the posted limits! I don't do lots of boring expressway driving, which would greatly improve the average fuel economy. Aug. 2017: I have now owned this 2016 Cayman for over a year, and I continue to enjoy immensely the car on the road, in all types of weather and traffic conditions.
Upon retiring, I didn't need a boat-of-a-car anymore, so I decided to downsize. The Cayman's the perfect choice. I considered a 911, but it may be a two-seater, but it feels and drives like a bloated Buick. Although I come from a Lexus family (5 cars, 48 total ownership years), I'm not accustomed to the design and build quality that Cayman gives. It is rock solid and is a pleasure to drive. The gas mileage is much better than my last Lexus, and its performance, as expected, blows it away. I specially ordered a manual transmission and have no regrets. This car doesn't deserve a namby-pamby automatic transmission. I'll admit it's not that easy to get in and out of, but that's the sacrifice you have to make to own a car that catches your eye every time you're near it. A friend recently was torn between a Corvette and a Porsche, to which my response was "Why would you consider buying the best hamburger McDonald's makes over a steak at the state's best steak house?" A Corvette over a Porsche? No rational person could make that choice. (The friend ended up cancelling his Corvette order and bought the Porsche.) I've had my Cayman for 9 months now, and I have no reason to change any of my earlier opinions. It's worth every penny of what I paid. Why would anyone buy anything else?
Great handling, very responsive engine, more room than the 911, very close quarters inside but I knew that going in. Some of the climate controls don't work as I'd like; always turning on when the car is started even if it was off when the car was stopped, no way to just use the fan without it trying to match the temperature settings. Nav is less intuitive to use than a Garmin. I'd prefer less technology overall, less complexity. A design issue is that they use gravel on the roads here when there's ice and the brakes are susceptible to gravel getting stuck in them causing a scraping sound and possibly need an expensive fix by the dealer, so I find myself limiting my winter driving. But it's really fun to drive.
I believe every 981 drivers have squeaking issue. I replace the seat support but the noise came back after 4 month so basically this seat only can hold up for 4 month. I guess will have to order the seat support parts again and I know this new seat support parts will only last for another 4 month but what the heck. I will just keep order the parts until I sell this junk....(UPDATE) and 2017 I sold this junk