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Fantastic emotional appeal and incredible driver communication make the 2014 Porsche Cayman a top pick among modern sports cars.
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Despite more muscle and less fat, the Cayman is still a car with more chassis than guts, like a quicker and stickier version of the Mazda Miata MX-5 or Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ.
Car and Driver

This thing cuts curves at supercar speeds with absolutely no fuss, and always seems to be holding more in reserve even when you think you’re at the limit.
Fox News

It isn't the speed or the grip, though, but the balance of the entire experience. The Cayman has an uncanny ability to make you push harder against your own limits and do so without fear as you learn the edges of the car.
Motor Trend

The 3.4-liter engine really does deliver the best of both worlds, providing for docile part-throttle traits in an everyday city driving environment and captivating liveliness when the conditions allow, particularly above 4,000 rpm where the camshaft profile is noticeably altered and it really begins to deliver.
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Most impressive to me on all of Porsche's new cars -- 911, Boxster, Cayman -- is the revised PASM active suspension, which makes a significant leap over its previous form to swallow bumps amazingly well and with almost no impact harshness, even when running over reasonably large bumps in the most aggressive Sport Plus mode.
Auto Week

The 2014 Porsche Cayman is an aficionado's sports car. Whether you're a three-pedal purist or on the next new technology train, the Cayman has something to offer--and it all boils down to sheer driving pleasure.

Two major variants of the Cayman are available: the standard Cayman and the Cayman S. The primary distinction is one of power, though the Cayman S also gets slightly larger and wider wheels as standard equipment. The base Cayman rates 275 horsepower from its 2.7-liter normally aspirated flat six-cylinder engine; the Cayman S uses a 3.4-liter flat six that generations 325 horsepower. Either model can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed paddle-shift dual-clutch PDK gearbox.

With no performance-oriented options, the Cayman and S both show their fundamentally sound and inspired engineering: they're a blast to drive. Add in the sport exhaust and the bark matches the bite; add the Sport Chrono package, and Porsche Active Suspension Management (as well as a few other Porsche acronyms) help turn the knob to 11 when pushed, but retains the Cayman's rather relaxed around-town nature.

In other words, whichever Cayman flavor you choose, and however you equip it, you'll have a fine sports car. You can just choose how sharp an edge you'd like. In base form, the manual-equipped Cayman reaches a top speed of 165 mph and hits 60 mph from a stop in 5.4 seconds; the PDK transmission cuts the 0-60 mph time to 5.3 seconds, or 5.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package in Sport Plus mode. For the Cayman S, the manual gearbox rates a top speed of 175 mph, dashing to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds; the PDK cuts that to 4.6 seconds, or 4.4 seconds with the Sport Chrono package.

Electric power steering used to be a byword for numb, vague steering, but the industry's advances in this field have been rapid, perhaps nowhere so much as at Porsche. Like the Boxster, the Cayman's steering is informative and intuitive, direct without being noisy. It's not the best we've ever felt, nor is it better than the best of Porsche's previous hydraulic-assist steering, but it's certainly not a reason to avoid the Cayman. If anything, the Cayman still has some of the best steering in its performance class, electric or otherwise.

Weighing in between 2,888 lbs and 2,976 lbs, the Cayman range are light by modern standards. This is reflected in part through the steering (the mid-engined nature puts less weight on the front tires), and in part through the general feeling of nimbleness the Cayman exhibits in any turn. It also helps the relatively modest power output generate impressive acceleration, both from a stop and while already moving, in gear.

Conclusion

Fantastic emotional appeal and incredible driver communication make the 2014 Porsche Cayman a top pick among modern sports cars.

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