2014 Porsche Cayman Overview
2014 Porsche Cayman Overview
Porsche AG launched the Cayman in 2006. Based on the Boxster, the sport coupe was one of the lowest priced models offered by Porsche. Its first generation ended production in November 2011, offering performance almost at par with the flagship 911 Carrera. The new generation is launched with the 2014 Porsche Cayman, but how different is it from its previous version?
The 2014 Porsche Cayman is still based on the Boxster and both models share the same transmissions, engines, layout, and architecture. However, it stands out from the smaller and slightly cheaper roadster by offering more performance and power. Considering the fun and riotous performance offered by the Boxster, the 2014 Porsche Cayman definitely touches a new peak.
New for 2012
The 2014 Porsche Cayman receives a full redesign. Some changes include:
- Bigger cabin
- More powerful engine
- Distinctive and new exterior styling
The 2014 Porsche Cayman is clearly more muscular than its previous generations and the Boxster. It has a wider track, longer wheelbase, and a greater road presence than its previous generations. The traditional Porsche air ducts behind the doors of the car are bigger, and the rear haunches jut out to form the bulk of the car’s muscular appeal. The new rear spoiler now molds elegantly into the taillights.
Most of the Cayman’s body, including its floor pan, doors, front and rear fascia, and trunk lid, are made of lightweight alloy. The resultant reduction in weight is balanced by adding new features and bigger wheels. After factoring in all the weight loss and gain, the 2014 Porsche Cayman is heavier by 66 pounds from its last version.
Interior & Cargo
The cabin of the 2014 Porsche Cayman is more spacious than the one before it. The seats are set low and the overall design of the interior is more upscale and classier. Still, some familiar elements remain. The center console and dash design and gauges remain the same as the ones in Panamera and 911. The snug sport seats are firm but comfortable, especially on long drives. The design of the cabin is along the lines of Porsche’s sports car design. Some new features this year include a top-end optional Burmester sound system, adaptive cruise control, and keyless entry/ignition.
The seats inside the 2014 Porsche Cayman can have optional leather upholstery with two-tone colors. The base models have an agate grey color that can be combined with orange, grey, or lime gold. The center console extends rearward and is fitted with a high-set gearshift that is easier to operate. The controls are positioned for better driver operation. The seats are manually adjustable while the backrest is automatically adjustable. Electric sport seats with memory functions are available as options.
The 2014 Porsche Cayman comprise dual front airbags, stability and traction control, and anti-lock brakes. It also has two unique safety options: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Porsche Active Safe (PAS). The ACC detects objects ahead of it and automatically adjusts the driving speed depending on the distance to the object. This system shows its importance when the Cayman is driven in traffic jams and through slow traffic. PAS prevents front-end collisions and adds to ACC. It uses the same front sensors of ACC to detect possible collisions ahead. If a potential collision is detected, it preconditions the brakes and sensitizes the brake assistant.
The base engine for the 2014 Porsche Cayman is a 2.7-liter, direct injected, flat six-cylinder engine that delivers 275 horsepower. This is 20 horsepower greater than before, despite the fact that the engine is smaller in size. The additional power comes due to the high compression ratio and a slight dip in torque. Still acceleration is better than before with the car hitting 60 miles per hour from zero in 5.1 seconds. The top-end Cayman S uses a direct-injected but larger 3.4-liter, six-cylinder engine that delivers 325 horsepower. It hits the 60 miles per hour mark in just 4.4 seconds with the optional seven-speed, dual-clutch, automatic transmission.
The 2014 Porsche Cayman S makes for a more compelling car with its extra horsepower and torque. The 3.4-liter engine does not compromise on torque like the base engine, so the result is more low-end grunt on the S model. However, the difference between both engines becomes clearer between the 4500 and 7400 rpm mark. It is in this range that the S model unleashes most of its power and the performance comes to life.
Another big difference between the base and S model is the suspension setup. The Cayman S has a stiffer and sportier suspension when compared to the base model. Overall, the base-level Cayman feels like a more relaxed driving experience, although the ride is never truly relaxed. The S model offers better performance, but Porsche offers even more options to take the performance up several notches. These options include carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels, and adaptive dampers.
Key Competitors of the 2014 Porsche Cayman
- BMW Z4
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Audi TTS
- Mercedes Benz SLK-Class
The 2014 Porsche Cayman has 2 models that range from $52,600 - $63,800. The 2014 Cayman is a coupe with rear wheel drive that gets between 20 mpg (city) - 28 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 2.7L H6 engine. The 2014 Porsche Cayman has a seating capacity of 2/2, wheelbase is 97.4 inches, cargo capacity of 15.00 cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2014 S RWD 2-Dr Coupe H6 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.