2009 Porsche Cayman vs. Its Competition

2009 Porsche Cayman

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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The 2009 Porsche Cayman is a fabulous ride that's worth every penny.
While the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette provides plenty of impressive performance to dream and/or brag about, this car is not a one-trick pony. If ever there were a practical sportscar, this is it.
The Nissan Z has never occupied the top spot in the performance world—and it doesn't now—but it's still a great performance car that starts just under $30,000.
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Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas Flat 6-cylGas V8Gas V6
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Two-SeaterTwo SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe w/1LT2-Door Coupe Manual
Rear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Body Style  
2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 door coupe
ManualManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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