Porsche Cayman redesigned
The redesigned 2014 Porsche Cayman is more luxurious than its forerunner, but performance-car purists will lament its diluted steering feel.
The Cayman is Porsche's entry-level coupe, if you can phone a motor vehicle that begins at $53, 550 (including a $950 location cost) entry-level. Unlike the iconic rear-engine 911, the Cayman is a mid-engine automobile like Boxster, its convertible sibling.
The all-new 2014 Cayman weighs less and is more cost-effective than its forerunner, and power is up somewhat. In addition gets a richer interior. To begin to see the 2014 model's specifications compared to the 2012 (the Cayman skipped the 2013 model year), click here.
We tested a manual-transmission Cayman S, which is sold with a more powerful flat-six engine ranked at 325 horsepower. This trim amount begins at $64, 750, including location, but our automobile's as-tested price ballooned to $89, 915 with choices like a high-end Burmester stereo and navigation ($6, 730), Porsche Active Suspension control ($1, 790), 20-inch Carrera Vintage tires ($2, 730) and an upgraded Natural Leather Interior ($3, 895), to name a few.
The prior-generation Cayman had excellent steering comments, which managed to get a happiness to push. That vehicle utilized conventional hydraulic power steering, but the 2014 model switches to energy steering. Porsche states this improves fuel effectiveness and "provides direct comments … while filtering aside unpleasant or unneeded surface irregularities." The way the old vehicle's steering communicated everything in regards to the road surface had been just what managed to get therefore magical, but countless that secret has become gone, that will be a shame.
The 2014 Cayman's tyre has a great heft to it in corners, but it's numb whenever taking a trip right and lacks the direct, attached feeling that pleased your fingertips before. System roll is minimal therefore the automobile seems grown, but it is less enjoyable to push using the brand new steering setup. Picking the activity Plus mode within tester made the wheel appear a little weightier, nevertheless huge difference is minor.
With optional Porsche Active Suspension Management, a transformative suspension system, drive quality is livable for day-to-day commuting — despite optional 20-inch rims and low-profile tires. The trip is firm in regular mode, nonetheless it wasn't punishing on Chicago's post-winter roadways, many of which had been rutted and crumbling. Ride high quality assumes on a harder edge when you click the activity Plus key.