I picked up my Cayman S from the factory in Stuttgart in February 2006 and, nine months - and 9000 miles - later, it is still fantastic. The ride and handling are superb and the acceleration is very good - use the upper rev range to make best use of the power band. It sounds just fantastic! The thing is though that you can drive this car to its limits and then tootle along at 25 mph in a village and it's superb in both envronments.
Running costs are excellent. Okay so I've averaged 22 mpg but what other car could you buy and then sell for at least 70% of its original value three years later?
My advice would be to chose your colour and spec carefully. I went for Atlas Grey with leather, sports seats, PCM, PASM, Sports Chrono, Climate and the 19" wheels. Sound Package plus is not a fantastic option though - the sound quality is not particularly good. It looks just fantastic though.
It is a surprisingly practical car too - for two at least. Don't even think of comparing this car to an Audi TT - it's in a different league.
The Cayman is the most delightful, easy-to-drive car I've ever tried. At the wheel it feels like an extension of yourself. I usually drive a TT, so perhaps I'm easily impressed.
I had, once, tried to persuade myself that the TT V6 was a half-price Porsche, but one test-drive of a Cayman, even before the salesman has swapped seats with you, clearly shows the error of that view (it's bye-bye TT now).
The Cayman is a more intense, yet delicate, experience than a Boxster. However, the new 3.4 Boxster is £4000 cheaper, and it's generally identical to the Cayman, apart from its more expensive folding roof. Therefore the Cayman should be around £3000 less than the Boxster, or be fitted with an LSD and a 3.6 engine.
Porsche is not making the Cayman as exciting as it could, so as not to take sales from the 911, but then BMW and Mercedes, which are making their cars as exciting as they can, still can't match the Cayman. So I guess the enthusiast with £50,000 to spend just has to buy one (and perhaps feel just a little irritated).
Some of the fittings (such as the door handle, fog light surround and the standard non-leather interior) seem cheap. Otherwise, it's truly fabulous.
Truly awesome...nearly there in terms of 911 power yet a 100kg or so less in weight plus mid-engine stability, not to mention 12K cheaper (and less steroidal looking at the rear end!) Believe it or not, a very practical family car as my son's childseat fits in the front boot. Wife not convinced though.
Great sound with the windows down...especially when red-lining the rev counter. The tiptronic is most welcome for those of us going through a mid-life crisis - but would also recommend auto AC, cruise control and PDC as a bare minimum list of extras...average of 22-23mpg hurts a bit though although have got it up to 27mpg on a long run.
My last car was a Porsche Boxster S, but this is a class above.
The handling is much firmer, and the cabin less noisy than the Boxter, which is handy when talking (hands-free, no less) on the phone. Boot and bonnet space is the same as the Boxter; you can fit a large amount into them.
There's one downside - having suffered a puncture last night, there's no spare wheel. You have to be low-loaded to a garage to have the wheel fixed. It's more of a nuisance than anything.
This has not jaded my view, and I will always get that feeling of 'Wow... this is my car'. Fantastic!
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