It has the looks and performance to match and, at the same time inspires confidence.
The power output is a maximum 295bhp which occurs at 6,250rpm and there's 340Nm (251lb ft) of torque available between 4,000- and 6,000rpm. While the engine comes from the Boxster S, the cylinder heads are taken from the 911 Carrera as is the Vario Cam Plus system. Without getting too technical, the VCP system is designed to provide power and performance on the straight and narrow and flexibility in the town and country.
This efficiency results in fuel consumption figures of: 18.5mpg and 36.2mpg for the urban and extra-urban cycles, making the combined 26.6mpg and the CO2 emissions are posted as 254g/km.
The Cayman feels heavy to drive but is, nonetheless, nicely balanced with the engine mounted just ahead of the rear axle, driving the rear wheels. It is agile on country roads and supremely confident in its performance on motorways with plenty of power on tap for swift overtakes and fun-days.
As with all Porsches, technology features highly and the Cayman S is no different. The optional Porsche Active Suspension Management or PASM can be specified at an extra cost of £1,030. The system operates via a button on the centre console and is used to alter the suspension by 10mm in two settings; Normal for sport and comfort and Sport for a more dynamic drive. To be honest, I could feel very little difference but I am told that it is very effective on a race track.
When it comes to stopping, the Cayman S is fitted with large, four-piston calipers working on ventilated disc brakes front and rear. Alternatively, the PCCB brake system is available. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes discs are more than 50 per cent lighter than the normal cast iron discs. Not only does this save fuel but because they don't get as hot, they are also more constant in their stopping power, especially from high speeds.
The Cayman S also features Porsche Stability Management (PSM) comprising ABS, Anti-Slip Control (ASC), Engine Drag Control (EDC) and Automatic Brake Differential or ABD. The system can be switched off for a bit more fun but automatically activates when the brake pedal is heavily depressed.
Both driver and passenger benefit from front, dual-stage airbags plus a further two on each side of the car for thorax and head protection as part of the Porsche Side Impact Protection System, POSIP.
As Porsches go the Cayman S is quite reasonably priced but loses nothing of the company's brand values and technology. It has the looks and performance to match and, at the same time inspires confidence.25 October 2006
Porsche Cayman Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Porsche Cayman S|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||5.4 Seconds|
|Top Speed||171 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||36.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Price (when tested on the 25/10/06)||£44,080|