2008 Porsche Cayman vs. Its Competition

2008 Porsche Cayman S
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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Quick Specs
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Gas Mileage  
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat 6-cylGas I6Gas I4
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Two-SeaterTwo-SeaterTwo Seater
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe2-Door Roadster 3.0i2-Door Convertible
Rear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe2 Door Roadster2 Door Open Top
ManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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