“Fans of fast, fun automobiles” will be happy to hear that Porsche’s mid-engine sports coupe has only gotten better in its second incarnation. Still underpowered when compared with Porsche’s flagship 911, the Cayman remains superior to its big brother in one significant way: Thanks to its engine placement and a lighter overall weight, this “back-road surgeon” has always been “one of the best-handling cars” in the world. And its newly stiffened chassis makes it nimbler still.
Actually, we liked the old steering better: With the new electric-assist system, “it sometimes feels as if car and driver are debating who is in charge.” But equip this car with the right mix of options—including the SportChrono performance package and the seven-speed PDK transmission—and you’ll be in love. The 3.4-liter, flat-6 engine in the Cayman S delivers “sensational smoothness and blazing performance.”
The base model, at $52,600, also qualifies as “something of a bargain.” You can hit the $75,000 mark quickly by piling on options, but you shouldn’t. This Cayman, with its longer wheelbase, “beautifully put together” cabin, and 911-like lines, no longer feels like a starter Porsche. Spend wisely, and you can be king of the curves for just under sixty grand.