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First drive review of the 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS

Review updated by Jay Kay   26 February 2017 10:02 am | Motoring



Whenever I think of Porsche I always think of the high flying 911 and consequently always overlook the Cayman line. So after finally test driving the Cayman GTS has that altered my view??

Score 5.0 / 5   RRP £62000.00


Pros: Handles on a knife edge, excellent gear box, fantastic engine and exhaust noise, naturally aspirated

Cons: Looks aren't as good as the M2, no longer in production


Specifications

Engine: 3436cc

Cylinders: 6

Power: 345bhp @ 7,400rpm

Torque: 280lb/ft @ 4,750 to 5,500rpm

Transmission: Manual 6 speed

Acceleration: 4.9sec

Top Speed: 177mph

Fuel: 20mpg

CO2: g/km

Road Tax:

Release Date: 2015-01-01


Verdict: Brilliant car but i really dont like the look of its rear!


The 2015 naturally aspirated Porsche Cayman GTS is joy to drive



I have never been a fan of the Porsche Cayman because to me, owning a Porsche means that it has to be a 911. Where the 911 is considered attractive and trendy by the masses, the Porsche Cayman is classed as its uglier, cheaper entry little brother. In fact some journalists even joked that it (and the Boxster) were cars you bought if you couldn't afford a Porsche 911.

Today that may well be true as well, because in the showroom where I was today there were two 911 Turbo's and both were well over £110,000! Of course the "cheap" Porsche Cayman GTS isn't that cheap either, with this particular model weighing in at over £62,000. This is bonkers money... especially considering that this isn't a brand new car. It's an approved used example on a 65 plate with nearly 11,000 miles on the clock.

Now if you're wondering how much the price for this car was new, it was the same. This car - according to the dealer - hasn't suffered from depreciation at all! Of course I highly doubt the previous owner benefitted from any lack of depreciation, so it'll be another highly profitable sale for the dealer. But that isn't important, what is important is that for £62k on a used car, what is the dealer offering us?

20-inch Carrera S wheels
6-speed manual gearbox
Elimination alcantara
Full colour wheel centre caps
Leather interior package in natural leather
Mobile phone preparation
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including navigation module
Roof lining in Alcantara
Seat heating
Sound Package Plus
Sport Design steering wheel
Wheels painted in satin black (complete)
2 years Porsche warranty

I'm not entirely sure what the cost of each option mentioned above is, but I can confirm that the excellent leather interior package was almost £2000. In my opinion that was money well spent, as it truly is magnificent, giving the interior of the car one of the nicest I've ever sat in.

Quickly going over the exterior of the car, the Porsche Cayman GTS has a marmite nature where some people love it and some people hate it. I personally love the look of it but there are certainly aspects I think let the car down entirely.

Starting with the front of the car, I love the smooth aerodynamic shape when taking in the view from the front splinter, the bonnet and up to the roof. I love the headlights too. They almost look like the 911's. You can tell they aren't of course but you can also tell that they are the eyes of a Porsche.

The side of the car is my favourite part of this car. I absolutely love the swooping 911 esq shape, complete with the fuel cap located to the front of the car. The beautiful wheels also blend in perfectly with the shape of the Cayman very nice. Here I love the look more than I love the look of the BMW M2.

That is where my affection for the cars look ends however, because the rear of the car is the part I have never liked and never will. Its just ugly, plain and simple. I showed the pictures I took of the car to my girlfriend earlier and she straight away told me that she prefers the look of my Mk7 Golf R DSG. Maybe she is right; maybe the Golf is better looking... and so demonstrates the marmite nature in the look of this car.

The important thing that this car offers though isn't just its looks. It's the driving performance, the experience of driving a naturally aspirated mid engine'd flat 6, with a sports exhaust system that tells people in the distance that a 911 turbo is heading their way! It is an absolutely fantastic noise which is music to any petrol heads ears.

The gear box is a joy to work as well. Flicking up and down the gears is painless and enjoyable with downshifting giving the same "blip" feature as you get with the BMW M2. Hitting the B roads is a pleasure, where in normal suspension setup the feel is similar to my Golf R, but engaging the stiffer suspension button give's the car a more focused racing stance, giving you stability and a greater stable driving position, allowing you to take in the feedback which this excellent chassis offers at far higher speeds.

The car is a daily driver too! This was the most shocking capability of the car to me. I was expecting it to be some sort of junior 911 GT3 RS, with a firm hard ride, loud unrefined cabin. Instead I got a car which felt as smooth as the Mk7 Golf R and the BMW M2 when pottering around at low speeds! The front and rear boots are quite decent too. You'd be able to fit in some baggage when going away for the weekend with the missus.

This car then is perhaps one of the best cars in the world. It has crisp handling at high speed, comfortable handling at low speed, its fantastic fun to drive, you have to work hard to get the best out of the 6 cylinder engine and it revs like an EP3 Civic Type R. I asked the dealer how can a road car possibly offer better handling than this? How can a bigger - brutish 911 possibly be as fun to drive as this? He replied that the 911 is a different concept... I don't know what that means, but I do know that this is a 5 star car.