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Quick Look – 2011 Porsche Cayman

2011 Porsche Cayman

If you want something more than a Boxster but you cannot afford the entry-level 911, the Cayman is what you are looking for. Combining the Boxster’s efficiency and size with the 911’s tighter handling, the Cayman will give you the best of both worlds for a starting price of $51,900 (manual transmission).

There aren’t many exterior changes in comparison with the 2010 model, but this isn’t really a bad thing. Being a very well proportioned car with very powerful lines, why change when there’s nothing wrong with it? The main exterior updates include the updated halogen headlights and the revised rear taillights. As standard, the 2011 model packs heated exterior mirrors, 17-inch rims with 4-piston calipers for the brakes.

2011 Porsche Cayman

A new addition to the new model is the introduction of the key fob. Inside the cabin of the Cayman is a transponder which acts like an engine immobilizer. The car can also be equipped with radar-based interior surveillance and tracking. To stay cooler on a warm day, the windows of the car have a green tint. Upgrades over the outgoing model are the adaptive sport seats which will keep our behinds firmly to the Cayman as we try to reach the top speed.

2011 Porsche Cayman

A few of the most important optional features available for the car include the ventilated seats, park assist, fully automatic climate control, PCM – Porsche’s Communication Management and the Bose surround sound system. Due to the reason that the Cayman is a mid-engine car, it has two small trunks that offer together 14 cubic feet of cargo room, not very much but it shouldn’t come as a surprise to Porsche fans.

Safety-wise, the 2011 Porsche Cayman comes with front & side curtain airbags and side impact damage prevention.

2011 Porsche Cayman

Being a Porsche, we mostly want to know about the engine of the Cayman. First of all, we need to say that the engineers have done a really good job at keeping the curb weight of the car down to a minimum while at the same time stiffening up the structure of the Boxster with the hardtop. These improvements allow the 2011 Cayman to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 5.5 seconds. The engine is a 2.9-liter unit that outputs an impressive 265 hp @ 7,200 rpm and 221 lb.-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm.

As standard, this engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox but if you are willing to pay extra $4,400, you’ll get Porsche’s PDK transmission which is more fuel efficient in comparison to the standard transmission.

2011 Porsche Cayman

The Cayman has the same rivals as it did when it was launched a few years ago. We are talking about the beautiful Mercedes SLK and the Chevrolet Corvette. The first one just went through a total makeover and comes with a 1.8-liter power unit for the entry-level model and a more powerful V6 one that makes it 1/10 of a second quicker than the Cayman in the 0-62 mph sprint. The latter offers a more powerful V8 engine, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission along with a bigger cargo room. However, the Corvette doesn’t offer the same level of refinement and luxury as the Cayman but it does however offer a better price/value ratio.


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2 Responses to Quick Look – 2011 Porsche Cayman

  1. 911 fan says:

    The above shown color is too rare for a car. But that looks bright and adds to the looks of Cayman. Isn’t so?

  2. Yeah, totally agree with you.

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