What is it?
This is the new Porsche Cayman S, Weissach’s mid-engined two-seat coupe getting a mid-life refresh.
Cosmetically there is not much to differentiate new Porsche Cayman from old. It gets restyled light units and bumpers both front and back, plus new wheel designs.
Mechanically, though, there is more to get excited about. Both Caymans get revised engines with more power, improved economy and lower emissions.
Both engines are from the same family of new flat-sixes recently introduced on the 911.
The Cayman also now gets Porsche’s dual-clutch seven-speed PDK gearbox, along with the option of launch control. For those wishing to change gear themselves, both models get a six-speed manual.
The five-speed ’box previously standard on the base Cayman has been discontinued.
Although the Cayman’s suspension architecture is unaltered, spring rates, dampers and anti-roll bar settings have been tweaked to match the increased performance. The steering control value has also been changed to reduce steering effort at low speeds.
The most controversial, and potentially gratifying, update is Porsche’s decision to finally offer the Cayman with the option of a limited-slip differential, something it has previously said the car did not require.
What’s it like?
Excellent. The Cayman S was pretty near perfection to start with, and now it’s even closer. The new engine feels a lot stronger than the additional 25bhp Porsche claims, particularly through the mid range.
In the new 911, direct injection has detracted from the flat six’s character, making it quieter and less meaty.
Quite the opposite is true with the new Cayman S. It not only goes harder, but also sounds much sweeter. More like an old 911 in fact.