What's the used Porsche Cayman coupe like?
However, that same money on the second-hand market could buy you something a bit more serious and from one of the most desirable sporting marques: Porsche. That's right, an early 981 Cayman can be yours for the price of a Mazda, and, according to aficionados, this older 981 Cayman is even better than the 718 Cayman that replaced it, making for an even more compelling purchase.
On the road, the six-cylinder engine is the reason why people prefer this generation Cayman; the four cylinder engine that came afterwards sacrificed the characteristic Porsche sound that many lusted after, yet it never delivered the promised economy gains. Even the 'entry-level' 2.7 six-cylinder can rocket the Cayman from 0-60mph in 5.7sec and romp onto 165mph, whereas the 3.4 engine will see it off in 4.7sec and go on to reach 174mph - traffic laws permitting. In most situations, the S variant naturally feels quicker, but the sheer character of that lovely smooth and biddable engine and the joy of piloting this machine will leave very few disappointed if they chose the standard model.
For true speed freaks, Porsche introduced a GTS version using the same engine as the S model but with a bit more power and a few suspension weeks to make it the one that enthusiasts will want. For regular track-day drivers, there is also a GT4 version that's capable of seeing off the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.4sec.
The Cayman's handling is a true delight. It feels nimble, stable, secure, fast and fun. Some purists disliked the change to electric power steering on this version, but nevertheless few cars steer with such alacrity, even if some elements of communication are slightly muted. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) was an option when new and is well worth finding an example with it fitted; it lets the driver choose between normal and sporty settings, further enhancing this car’s wicked potential.