2015 Porsche Cayman vs. Its Competition

2015 Porsche Cayman GTS
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Porsche Cayman has few natural rivals.

Its best alternatives are other Porsches: the soft-top Boxster and bigger-brother 911.

The Boxster provides very similar levels of performance and the same luxury, while adding the fun of top-down driving.

The 911 overlaps the upper end of the Boxster GTS spectrum on price, and packs more power, space, and utility, as well as its own brilliant take on handling and dynamics.

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray competes well on price and fun per dollar; its new interior isn't quite at Porsche levels of refinement or luxury, but the 'Vette has made leaps and bounds there, all while enhancing the performance it's always been known for.

For other alternatives, you have to look to Nissan and its luxury brand Infiniti.

The 2015 Nissan 370Z is about $3,000 less expensive than it was last year--and about half the price of the Cayman--making it a smart performance value in the 300-plus horsepower class.

If you want more luxury with your sport, the 2015 Infiniti Q60 (previously known as the G37 Coupe) offers the punch of the 370Z with a plus-two back seat and upgraded interior materials and equipment.

If you're willing to forgo most of the luxuries, the new Alfa Romeo 4C provides similar mid-engine handling in a focused, light-weight package.

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Quick Specs
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The 2015 Porsche Cayman remains a focused 911 alternative, at an easier-to-swallow price.
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The 2015 Nissan 370Z continues to offer excellent sports car value and personality.
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The 2015 Porsche 911 is an enthusiast's dream, with excellent handling, comfort, and performance at every step through its range.
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The 2015 Porsche Boxster is a relative performance bargain, combining everyday usability with a balanced chassis and sweet engines.
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The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is a dazzling sports-car reincarnation of a heady past, and a future classic in its own right.
MSRP From    
$52,600$29,990$84,300$51,400$53,900
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded H-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersTwo-SeatersMinicompact CarsTwo-SeatersTwo-Seaters
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
22422
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
CoupeCoupeCoupeConvertibleCoupe
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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