The second-generation sports car brings more power and updated tech

The second-generation Porsche Cayman was unveiled in 2012, seven years after the nameplate made its debut on the same platform as the Boxster. The upgrad brought a new body design, a longer wheelbase, a wider front track, and a revised interior that matched the styling of the more upscale 911 model. The redesign also brought more power to the table, with both the base and S models gaining updated flat-six engines alongside tweaked six-speed manual and seven-speed PDK transmissions.

As a result, the new Cayman was quicker and had better handling and driving dynamics.

Unlike its predecessor, the second-generation Cayman also spawned a GTS variant, previously available only on the 911. The sportier model was followed by the Cayman GT4 in 2015, a more track-oriented sports car that borrowed its engine from the 911 Carrera S. The GT4 Clubsport was another premier for the nameplate. Developed by Porsche Motorsport for racing, it featured several weight-reducing measures, a mechanical rear-axle locking differential, and a race-spec interior with a racing bucket eat and six-point harness.

The second-gen Cayman received an extensive facelift in 2016, when Porsche not only revised its design, but also changed the name and replaced the flat-six units with turbocharged, four-cylinder engines.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2014 Porsche Cayman.

  • 2014 Porsche Cayman
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    flat-6
  • Transmission:
    Six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    275 @ 7000
  • MPG(Cty):
    21
  • MPG(Hwy):
    30
  • Torque @ RPM:
    213 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    2.7 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    165 mph
  • Price:
    52600
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  • body style:

Exterior

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Porsche calls its new Cayman a completely new model, but its significant changes aren’t that obvious. You need a really keen eye to notice the difference between the old and the new, either way you will just say: "Well, this is just a Cayman!"

The 2014 Cayman is built on an extended wheelbase with shorter overhangs that help improve its aerodynamics.

Up front, the Cayman has received new cooling air intakes with integrated four-point daytime running lights. Yes, these will be the only elements that will help you identify the new Cayman viewing it from the front. For the rear, Porsche did a few more updates, including a new boot-lid made from aluminum, an LED brake light at the upper edge of the rear window and a new rear spoiler that deploys at a steeper angle.

The new Cayman is being offered with a set of new wheels: 18-inch rollers for the Cayman and 19-inch rims for the Cayman S. As an option, customers can also get: 20-inch Carrera S design, 20-inch Carrera Classic with bi-color styling and the all-new 20-inch Sport Techno rims from the Exclusive program. All wheels can be combined with the high-performance Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system.

Exterior Dimensions: Cayman Cayman S
Wheelbase 97.4 in. 97.4 in.
Overall length 172.4 in. 172.4 in.
Width (w/ mirrors) 70.9 in. (77.9 in.) 70.9 in. (77.9 in.)
Height 50.9 in. 51 in.
Curb weight w/ manual 2,888 lbs. 2,910 lbs.
Curb weight w/ PDK 2,954 lbs. 2,976 lbs.
Front track 60.1 in. 60.1 in.
Rear track 60.5 in. 60.6 in.

Interior

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Inside the cabin, the Cayman has been updated to offer the driver a sporty comfort. The entire interior has been designed around the driver. The steering wheel and the gear level being placed a short distance from each other, and all of the buttons and functions of the on-board computer are intuitively accessible. Customers are being offered with the possibility to choose from a large selection of colors and materials, so each can express his own individuality.

Engine

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Just like with its soft-top sibling, the Cayman comes with a choice of two highly efficient, flat-six engines mounted just in front of the rear axle. The standard Cayman comes with a 2.7-liter version that delivers 275 horsepower and the S version gets a 3.4-liter with an output of 325 ponies. Both engines come standard with a manual six-speed gearbox and have an optional seven-speed PDK available.

Both versions of the Cayman can be updated with a Sport Chrono package that includes dynamic gearbox mounts, a performance display, a digital and analogue stopwatch and the Sport Plus button. This package will help your Cayman deliver better 0-to-60 mph times. For example, the standard Cayman will do the sprint in 5.4 seconds and the Cayman S with PDK in 4.7 seconds, but when equipped with the Sport Chrono, the Cayman S hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The standard Cayman will hit a top speed of 165 mph and the Cayman S will go up 175 mph.

Engine Specifications:
Trim Cayman Cayman S
Engine Concept Water-cooled, mid-mounted, 6-cylinder boxer engine Water-cooled, mid-mounted, 6-cylinder boxer engine
Construction Aluminum block and heads Aluminum block and heads
Valvetrain Four overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder; variable inlet valve timing and lift (VarioCam Plus); hydraulic valve lifter Four overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder; variable inlet valve timing and lift (VarioCam Plus); hydraulic valve lifter
Bore 89.0 mm 97.0 mm
Stroke 72.5 mm 77.5 mm
Displacement 2.7 liters 3.4 liters
Maximum Horsepower 275 hp at 7,400 rpm 325 hp at 7,400 rpm
Maximum Torque 213 lb.-ft. at 4,500 rpm 272 lb.-ft. at 4,500 rpm
Compression ratio 12.5:1 12.5:1
Transmission Specifications:
Manual transmission 6-speed 6-speed
Automatic transmission 7-speed PDK 7-speed PDK
Ratios (PDK in parentheses)
1st 3.67 (3.91) 3.31 (3.91)
2nd 2.05 (2.29) 1.95 (2.29)
3rd 1.46 (1.65) 1.41 (1.65)
4th 1.13 (1.30) 1.13 (1.30)
5th .97 (1.08) .95 (1.08)
6th .84 (.88) .81 (.88)
7th (0.62) (0.62)
Reverse 3.33 (3.55) 3.0 (3.55)
Final Drive Ratio 3.89 (3.25) 3.89 (3.25)
Clutch diameter Manual: 240 mm (dual-mass flywheel) 7-speed PDK: 153/202 mm Manual: 240 mm (dual-mass flywheel) 7-speed PDK: 153/202 mm
Fuel Consumption (mpg):
City (manual/PDK) 21/22 20/21
Highway (manual/PDK) 30/32 28/30
Combined (manual/PDK) TBD TBD
Performance Specifications
0-60 (manual; PDK; Sport Chrono PDK) 5.4 s; 5.3 s; 5.1 s 4.7 s; 4.6 s; 4.4 s
Top track speed manual (PDK) 165 mph (164 mph) 175 mph (174 mph)

Price

The 2014 Porsche Cayman will be put on sale in the Spring of 2013. Prices will start from $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S. Prices do not include a destination charge of $950.

Competition

2014 Audi TTS

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Those looking for a compact sport coupe won’t opt for the Cayman. A car like this is just a trifle and you will buy it just from the brand’s name. Instead there are cars out there with the same performance figures and significantly cheaper. One of them is the Audi TTS, a model priced at $47,350. The TTS is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that delivers a total of 265 horsepower and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.

2013 Audi TT RS

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In a response to the Cayman S, we also present the TT-RS. It is competitive at $57,200 and it comes with a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine with 360 horsepower. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and can hit a top speed f 174 mph. The TT-RS is a worthy adversary in a straight line and likely even in the twist. However, in overall driving experience and build quality, you cannot beat the Porsche.

Conclusion

The second-gen Cayman might not boast that many new features on the outside, but it’s a completely new car underneath that streamlined body. The longer wheelbase and wider front track given it better handling and dynamics, while the updated suspension system and more powerful engines give it that extra oomph on the race track. It’s still not as exciting as the mighty 911, but Porsche is finally letting the Cayman perform closer to its true potential.

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Press Release

Porsche AG is celebrating the world premiere of the new Cayman at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third generation of the Cayman has been completely new developed. It is lower and longer, lighter and faster, more efficient and more powerful than ever. A longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels enhance the driving performance of the mid-engine sports car to a level without equal in its competitive class. The new two-seater is – after the 911 Carrera and Boxster – the third sports car model line from Porsche to feature innovative lightweight body design. The new Cayman is up to 30 kg lighter, depending on the specific model and equipment, and it consumes up to 15 per cent less fuel per 100 km than the previous model – despite higher engine and driving performance.

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The new generation of the two-seat mid-engine sports car is debuting in two classic Porsche versions: the Cayman and the Cayman S. The base model is powered by a 2.7-liter flat six-cylinder engine with 275 hp (202 kW). It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, depending on the equipment, and reaches a top speed of 266 km/h. Its NEDC fuel consumption lies between 7.7 l/100 km and 8.2 l/100 km, depending on the selected transmission.

The 3.4-liter engine of the Cayman S produces 325 hp (239 kW); the best possible acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h is 4.7 seconds with appropriate features. The Cayman S can reach a top speed of 283 km/h, and its NEDC fuel consumption value lies between 8.0 l/100 km and 8.8 l/100 km, depending on the selected transmission.

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Both sport coupés are equipped with standard manual six-speed transmission. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) can be delivered as an option; it enables faster acceleration and better fuel economy.

Porsche is also upgrading the Cayman with new optional features. For example, the sport coupé is now available with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) for the first time, which controls the distance to the car ahead in traffic and vehicle speed, as well as a specially developed Burmester sound system. Another new feature for the Cayman is the keyless Entry & Drive system, which is available as an option.

Design: new proportions, prominent lines

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The new Cayman is more distinctive than ever. Its proportions are new, and yet it is clearly a Porsche sport coupé; an extended wheelbase with shorter overhangs and 18- and 19-inch diameter wheels with larger rolling circumference are identifying visual characteristics of the car’s more enhanced driving performance. Its styling is marked by precise lines and razor-sharp sculpted edges. They emphasise the car’s low, extended silhouette with the windscreen shifted forward and the roof line that reaches far back. Especially expressive and characteristic are the dynamic recesses in the doors, which guide induction air into the distinctive air scoops on the rear side panels and then directly to the engine. This offers the most prominent visualisation of the concept of a mid-engine car.

From the front end, the new Cayman is marked by its dominant cooling air inlets, which increase in size towards the sides of the car. Just as unique to the new generation of the sport coupé are the large, low rear lid made of aluminium and the rear section with its wrap-around edges. Mounted directly to the rear lid is the thin blade of the rear spoiler, which – in contrast to that of the Boxster – is higher and deploys at a steeper angle. The overall appearance of the Cayman is more independent than before, and it is well-differentiated from the previous model.

The market launch of the new Cayman generation in Europe is scheduled for March 2, 2013. Base prices in Germany are 51,385 euros for the Cayman and 64,118 euros for the Cayman S, each including 19 % VAT.

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