2011 Porsche Cayman vs. Its Competition

2011 Porsche Cayman 2-door Coupe S Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Audi TTS offers about the same amount of interior space and comparable handling, but with a distinctly different image.

For those hungering for a bit more power and raw emotion, the Nissan 370Z or Chevrolet Corvette might fit the bill, though neither rises to the Porsche's level of sophistication.

If you can do without refinement altogether and simply want the purest driving experience available, the Lotus Elise or Exige are priced in the same range as the Porsche Cayman and Cayman S, but jettison nearly all creature comforts in the name of better handling.

2011 Porsche Cayman 2-door Coupe S Angular Front Exterior View2011 Porsche Cayman
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Quick Specs
9.0
Fantastic handling, comfortable seating, and better-than-average cargo room make the Porsche Cayman a success in the segment.
8.8
Ridiculously fast and still daily-driver practical, the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette is an everyday supercar.
8.2
A great performance car that starts just under $30,000, the 2011 Nissan 370Z comes close enough to Porsche performance to make you wonder.
MSRP From   
$51,900$49,045$31,450$51,845
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas Flat 6-cylGas V8Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class   
Two-SeaterTwo SeaterTwo-SeaterTwo Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe w/3LT2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Convertible
Drivetrain   
Rear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
2222
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Convertible
Transmission   
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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