2016 Porsche Cayman S By Porsche Exclusive
Porsche Exclusive, the brand’s tried-and-tested personalization department, has been churning out some impressive programs for a handful of Stuttgart’s finest. The Cayman, in particular, has already been through the Porsche Exclusive ringer a handful of times. In 2014 alone, we saw two programs for the Cayman: the Agate Grey Metallic, and the Racing Yellow program. Now, Porsche Exclusive has released its third program for the spunky hard-top sports car. There’s no official name for it, but if we’re basing it on the dominant color finish on the car, we might as well call it the “White.”
It’s not the fanciest color finish, and I’m sure the designers at Porsche Exclusive didn’t waste too many brain cells trying to figure out a name for the program. But if you look past the lack of flair compared to the two previous Porsche Exclusive Caymans, you’ll find plenty of endearing qualities about this new program. Sure, a white color finish isn’t going to blow anybody’s socks off, but it does make the Cayman look clean and well-groomed.
Plus, the assortment of functional upgrades on the exterior and interior provides plenty of added value to the Cayman’s overall presentation.
So don’t be fooled by first glances. If you look close enough, you’ll see a lot of reasons to be excited for this new Cayman program from Porsche Exclusive.
Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Cayman S By Porsche Exclusive.
2016 Porsche Cayman S By Porsche Exclusive
Horsepower @ RPM:325 @ 7400
0-60 time:4.7 sec.
Top Speed:175 mph
The new sports tailpipes are a nice bonus, but it’s that new set of 20-inch, SportTechno two-tone wheels that really brings the exterior upgrades home.
Maybe you can convince yourself that there’s something really special about a white Cayman S. As long as it suits your whims, there’s nothing wrong with having this particular color scheme get paraded as a signature Porsche Exclusive color.
Even though I don’t see any added value on the color itself, I do appreciate the series of cosmetic enhancements on the exterior. The smoked headlights and taillights get special mention because of the way they add a nice contrast to the sports car’s body. Porsche Exclusive also sprinkled a few black accents on the front fascia, side mirrors, and the rear, creating a nice white-and-black balance that actually looks pretty neat from multiple angles.
The new sports tailpipes are a nice bonus, but it’s that new set of 20-inch, SportTechno two-tone wheels that really brings the exterior upgrades home. Taken as a whole, all these puzzle pieces fit together, creating a picture of a Porsche Cayman S that’s dressed for all occasions.
Note: Interior from 2015 Porsche Cayman S Racing Yellow shown here.
Car interiors seem to be a point of pride for Porsche Exclusive. Past works on the Cayman have yielded some incredible results and this one’s no different.
The cabin is drowning in a sea of Espresso leather, so much so that even the vent slats and rear-view mirror are now wrapped in leather. You normally see something racy or even garish on the interior of a Cayman S, but it’s actually nice that Porsche Exclusive switched things up a bit, creating a cocoon of fine leather that you normally see in a car like the 2016 Porsche Panamera. Even the storage lid comes with am embossed Porsche logo. You normally see something like that in a luxury interior, so to see it inside this Cayman S is a fresh addition.
For continuity’s sake, the same white finish on the body of the Cayman S can be found on the dials just in front of the steering wheel and the Sport Chrono stopwatch that’s resting between the two A/C vents on the center stack.
I’m a big fan of Porsche Exclusive but like most of these personalized programs, my biggest beef, if you can even call it that, is the lack of any engine upgrades. But Porsche isn’t the only car brand with a personalization program that doesn’t offer powertrain improvements.
In any case, don’t expect to see one here. What that leaves you is the stock 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that pumps out 325 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in as low as 4.4 seconds (with the Sport Chrono trim) and up to 4.7 seconds for the base version. Meanwhile, its top speed has been rated at a blistering 175 mph.
The Porsche Cayman S starts at $64,100 in the U.S., not counting the destination charge of $995. Unfortunately, Porsche Exclusive didn’t announce a specific price for this particular program. I, of course, was determined to at least have a ball park figure so naturally, I went to Porsche’s online configurator for the Cayman S to try to recreate the program. After some tinkering, I was able to get to about to 70 percent of the actual program and the added cost was already at $14,600.
Whether I’m in the neighborhood with that price is something only Porsche Exclusive can answer.
From a competitor standpoint, the 2015 BMW M235i with M Sport Package is a relevant adversary to the Porsche Cayman S. Both models are regarded as BMW and Porsche’s respective entry-level sports car offerings for people looking to get their feet wet in the world of sportsters. Sadly, the M235i isn’t covered in BMW Individual, the brand’s own personalization program.
But nobody should feel sorry for the M235i because t’s still an impressive sports car. It has a sporty design that fits into its sports car label and just as important, it boasts of a twin-boosted, 3.0-liter straight-six engine that pumps out 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It’s not enough to beat the Cayman S in a sprint from 0 to 60 mph (the M235i can do it in five seconds) or in top speed (the M235i is limited to just 155 mph), but it’s enough to at least make it competitive.
Where the M235i lags in performance compared to the Cayman S, the BMW coupe makes up for it with a price tag of just $44,025, almost $20,000 cheaper than the Cayman GTS.
See our full review of the 2015 BMW M325i here.
The latest addition to Porsche Exclusive’s customization options for the Porsche Cayman S isn’t as bombastic as some of its previous offerings. Some point might even say that the program itself actually looks more appropriate to a luxury car like the Panamera. In some ways, they have a point since a white exterior and espresso brown interior don’t necessarily scream sportiness. But that’s not the point of this program, nor is it the objective of Porsche Exclusive to box its personalization techniques to specific classifications.
A sports car like the Cayman can be given luxury digs as much as a luxury saloon like the Panamera can receive sporty programs. The ability to mix-and-match is what makes Porsche Exclusive such a boon for discerning customers who may want something different on their cars.
A Cayman dressed in white with an espresso brown interior definitely fits that mold.