Some cars just get bad press; that’s a fact. Even me, before doing research for this article, thought that the Porsche Cayman S was little more than an ugly Porsche Boxster, already not a very pretty car (in my opinion!) It turns out that not only is the Cayman S a true sports car, it’s seems that it’s by far the most agile car Porsche has made in a while, and is wholly undeserving of the also-ran status it’s been stuck with. The Cayman has the same configuration as the Boxster, a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car, and also shares many of the same parts, but they are not built for the same purpose. While the Boxster is more of an open-top “cruising” sports car, the Cayman is a *real* sports car, less gimmicky but supremely agile, and incredibly fast.
The 2005 Cayman is was fitted with a 3.4-liter flat ‘boxer’ six, producing upwards of 290 horsepower. Needless to say, in such a small, light and rear-wheel drive car, it was for one heck of a ride! Top speed is an impressive 171 miles per hour, and 0-60 acceleration a mere 5.1 seconds.
Surprisingly, and even today, even the fastest Porsche Cayman (now it’s the ‘R’) is significantly cheaper than the meanest and cheapest 911, if they could ever be called that. It’s undeniable that the Cayman S offers its owners incredible performance at a very good price, at least when compared to the rest of the Porsche line-up.