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2008 Porsche Cayman vs. Its Competition

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The BMW M Coupe is perhaps the primary rival to the 2008 Porsche Cayman, if you're not counting roadster models.

Compared to the Cayman, the M Coupe doesn't have as much finesse on the road; it feels a bit heavier behind the wheel, but it's still enjoyable to drive with its good suspension design and silky straight-six engine.

Its interior is better designed than that of the Cayman, too.

For those looking for something even more exclusive and extreme in performance, without breaking the bank too much, the Lotus Elise is a possibility.

The lightweight Elise has a little 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, yet it can reach 60 mph faster than the Cayman.

Don't plan on a lot of comfort, though; the ride is hard, the interior is loud, and appointments are basic.

You'll also be one of the lowest vehicles on the road.

2008 Porsche Cayman S2008 Porsche Cayman2008 BMW Z4-Series M2008 BMW Z42008 Lotus Elise 2-door Convertible Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Lotus Elise
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The 2008 Porsche Cayman can be just as much of a blast to drive as the flagship 911 sports car; if you watch the options, it’s a deal, too.
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The 2008 BMW Z4 coupe and roadster are fun cars, but the M versions are truly memorable.
MSRP From  
$49,400Browse Used Listings$36,700Browse Used Listings$46,270Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat 6-cylGas I6Gas I4
EPA Class  
Two-SeaterTwo-SeaterTwo Seater
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe2-Door Roadster 3.0i2-Door Convertible
Rear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe2 Door Roadster2 Door Open Top
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