Porsche Cayman S 2014

The Cayman has always been the underdog, offering graceful, suave control to anyone that gets to know the particulars of the mid-engine, light-footed Porsche. It’s fast, but it’s designed to never overtake the 911 on the track. It’s a little unfortunate, because the two are growing alike visually, but the 911 will always be engineered to perform a wee-bit better. In conjunction with this year’s redesign, the 3.4-liter F-6 now produces five more horsepower, which is still 25 fewer than the base 911. Despite the Cayman actually growing ever so slight­ly, the use of aluminum and other lightweight materials means it has 66 fewer pounds to move. The resulting 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds is a couple of ticks quicker than the outgoing model and on par with the last Cayman R. Carrying over is a choice of a dual-clutch or manual transmission. It’s one of the rare sports cars to offer the latter, so we’d say go with it, unless you absolutely need the best zero-to-60 time. But, if that were the case, you’d proba­bly be saving up for the 911.Porsche Cayman S 2014 photo4Porsche Cayman S 2014 photo3Porsche Cayman S 2014 photo1Porsche Cayman S 2014 photo2Porsche Cayman S 2014 interior

Price: $64,000
Engine: 3.4-liter F-6
Horsepower: 325
0-60: 4.4 seconds
Top Speed: 174 mph (limited)
Transmission: 6-speed manual 7-speed dual-clutch
Torque: 273 foot-pounds