Stylish and capable, the new 2017 Porsche Cayman is one of the most desirable sports car on the market. Highlights for 2017 include an exceptional handling, an extensive personalization option, a beautifully crafted interior, a slick-shifting transmission, and fuel-efficient and rewarding engines. Its release date should be expected sometime in February 2017, at least according to various online sources.
The Cayman midengine layout gives it a handling balance that’s its rear-engine Porsche 911 stablemate can’t match, and it’s supported by unparalleled steering feel and braking precision. True, Porsche still reserves its most powerful flat-6 engines for the 911, but it’s almost churlish to complain now that the 385-horsepower GT4 model is available. The Cayman is also an ideal size for a sports car, as its compact dimensions make it feel wonderfully nimble on the road.
You don’t absolutely need to have something that gives you bragging rights for the most power, biggest skid pad g-forces, or top slot at the valet line supposing you’re a reasonably sane person looking to purchase a sports car. Mostly you’re interested in something that will offer everyday usability while still offering a fantastic driving experience.
The Cayman’s snug interior has always been a defining trait. The sleek, high-mounted center console has become a prominent design feature across Porsche’s model range, giving the modestly priced Cayman a bit of extra cachet. Unsurprisingly, storage space is not a Cayman strong suit. There just aren’t many storage nooks or cubbies that can accommodate your stuff, and the cupholders are flimsy. On the brighter side, the midengine layout allows for two trunks.
The only remaining question might be how much it costs. It gets pricey even with just a few options added, even as Porsche’s entry-level sports car. But if refinement and driver involvement are your top priorities, the 2017 Porsche Cayman makes a very compelling case, both rationally and emotionally.
Alternatives to consider in the segment include the 2017 BMW M235i. It is less expensive, has a stout turbocharged inline-6 under its hood, and has a more practical interior. Others are the 2017 Ford Shelby GT 350 and the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette.
Offered Trims – Porsche Cayman
Four trims are offered for the two-seat 2017 Porsche Cayman coupe: base, S, GT4 and GTS.
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Standard accessories and features available for the base Cayman include cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7” central touchscreen, air-conditioning, automatic wipers, 18” wheels, auto stop-start feature, manual aft/fore and height adjustment, an adaptive rear spoiler, a 4.6” information driver display, heated exterior mirrors, ambient interior lighting, and a six-speaker sound system.
The only dissimilarity between the base and the Cayman S trim model is the latter’s additional feature list that includes dual exhaust outlets, red painted brake calipers, larger front brake discs, and 19” wheels.
Opting for the Cayman GTS gets you a sport exhaust, 20” wheels, an edgy Sport Plus driving mode, a synthetic suede interior trim, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, aggressively bolstered sports seats, tinted headlights, adaptive dampers, and dynamic transmission mounts.
At the helm is the GT4 which comes bundled to together with an aerodynamic exterior unique outside styling, a mechanical differential lock, an exclusive sport suspension, a fixed rear large spoiler, bigger brakes and the exclusive GT4 PDK.
As is the norm for Porsche, ostensibly innumerable options are on offer, but you’ll have to wait for these as its release date edges closer.
2017 Porsche Cayman Engine Specs
Four engines are offered beneath the hood of the 2017 Porsche Cayman. The base offers a six-cylinder 2.7L engine good for 275 horsepower and 213 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA estimates the PDK to return 22/32/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 20/30/24 mpg for the base Cayman.
Stepping up the performance is the 3.4L flat-6 engine rated at 325 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque and comes fitted under the hood of the Cayman S trim model. With a PDK, the Cayman S only needs 4.5 seconds to zoom past 60 mph mark.
Opting for the Cayman GTS affords you with an upgraded 3.4L flat-6 engine good for 340 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. Estimates for the fuel economy stand at 19/26/22 mpg with the manual, and 22/31/25 mpg with the PDK.
Finally, the GT4 comes equipped with a 3.8L flat-6 engine. A six-speed manual transmission system mated to the engine forwards the power produced – 385 horsepower and 309 pounds-feet of torque to the wheels.
GT4 Price & 2017 Porsche Cayman Release Date
February 2017 is the expected release date of the new 2017 Porsche Cayman, at least according to various online sources. As for the price, the Cayman Coupe is estimated will go for sale for and MSRP of $52,600.
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