Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2014 Cayman Review

The New 2014 Porsche Cayman: Bigger, Badder, and More Stylish

2014 Cayman
If you have been waiting for the next iteration of the Porsche Cayman, you don’t have to wait any longer because it’s here. The 2014 Porsche Cayman has been completely redesigned with a noticeably edgier appearance, and it has plenty to offer to make it well worth the additional money that they are charging for it.
The Overall Design
Both the Boxster and the Cayman were designed at the Stuttgart plant in Germany, and there are some similarities between the two vehicles. The best way to describe the car is by saying that it now has sharper edges and more defined curves. It looks more muscular and defined from the outside, and it has more muscle on the inside.
The Engine Within
The base model comes standard with a 2.71 liter V6 that achieves 265 horsepower. The Cayman S bumps the power up to a very respectable 315 horsepower and it uses a 3.4l flat V6 to achieve the kind of acceleration that will force a smile to your lips. Slam your foot on the gas pedal and you will launch from 0 to 60 MPG in 4.4 seconds.
All of this unbridled power comes with excellent fuel economy as well and you can achieve 30 MPG on the highway with the base model, or 28 MPG with the upgraded Cayman S, either way it’s an impressive figure for a sports car.
The 2014 Cayman S is an extremely responsive sports car, that corners with precision. It comes standard with a six-gear transmission that is buttery smooth, and this is certainly going to be a time when you enjoy having a little more interaction with your vehicle.
Improved Interior
One of the main criticisms of the Cayman has always been that the interior really didn’t feel like a luxury car, Porsche has rectified that issue with a much more luxurious interior that still manages to be practical. The stylish accents, broader seats, and higher quality material all make for a more comfortable ride, and a more impressive view.
Although Porsche hasn’t added much additional space to the cabin it feels quite a bit roomier than the previous model. The basic three gauge setup that has been standard with the Porsche sports cars still remains, but the right gauge has been upgraded to a TFT display that can be altered to show different information to suit your needs.
Practical and Safe
The Cayman is a desirable car because it fills the role of the practical sports car quite well. While the 911 is pushing the limits on power, and it isn’t concerned with any practicality, the Cayman manages to be powerful, precise, and practical all at the same time. Even though it doesn’t have a full-fledged trunk, there are two different compartments, a rear compartment and a front compartment that both provide ample room for storage. Between the two you shouldn’t have a problem fitting a weeks’ worth of groceries, but you may run into a problem with exceptionally large bags that would fit into a trunk, since that space is divided into two different locations.
The Cayman also manages to be very safe, with a durable shell that stands up to crash tests superbly. There is an array of airbags to protect both the driver and passenger in the event of an accident.
Overall the Cayman is a great sports car is you are looking for something in the middle ground. You get to enjoy the power of a sports car, while still driving something that can carry all the groceries that you had to get from the store, and at 30 MPG you aren’t going to feel guilty about driving this car around regularly. Couple that with the starting price range in the mid 50’s and you have a great entry-level sports car that will leave you feeling great about your purchase each time you rev up that powerful engine and launch yourself down the road past your envious neighbors.