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.
Now that the Cayman’s former rival, the BMW M Coupe, has been discontinued, its closest competitor is likely the new Audi TTS; like the Cayman, it’s a balanced sports car that’s very engaging.
But between the two, the Cayman still offers a more comprehensive tactile experience—and more of a classic sports car feel.
The latest version of Nissan’s Z sports car is another alternative for those who really want to watch their budget.
For those who’d really rather have a V-8—with immense power for the straights—the Chevy Corvette is another great alternative.
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|2009 Porsche CaymanBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet CorvetteBrowse Used Listings||2009 Nissan 370ZBrowse Used Listings||2008 Lotus EliseBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Flat 6-cyl||Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|Two-Seater||Two Seater||Two-Seater||Two Seater|
|2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe w/1LT||2-Door Coupe Manual||2-Door Convertible|
|Rear-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2 door coupe||2 Door Open Top|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD|
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|2009 Porsche Cayman vs. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette||2009 Porsche Cayman vs. 2009 Nissan 370Z||2009 Porsche Cayman vs. 2008 Lotus Elise|