Why The 2014 Porsche Cayman Is Better Than The 911
One of the car industry’s badly-kept secrets surrounds the Porsche Cayman, a model that has been in production since 2005. In essence, the German car manufacturer doesn’t want you to know that the rear mid-engined Porsche might actually better its older and more-expensive brother, the 911!
If you are in the market for a new Porsche this year, then you seriously need to consider the 2014 Porsche Cayman over the 911. Here’s why:
The Cayman is cheaper
According to Junction 17 Cars, the list price on a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera is £73,413. Yet if you opt for the Porsche Cayman S, it is only £48,783; this represents a saving of 33%.
They both use the exact same engine
Now, you might be thinking to yourself that I’m just comparing two completely different cars here, but here is the shocking truth about the two models and trim levels I just compared: they both use identical engines!
The trouble is, Porsche would rather you buy a 911 than a Cayman for obvious reasons, so what they have done is restricted the engine output on the Cayman so that it is 25 brake horsepower slower.
When a member of the engineering team for the Cayman, Dr. Martin Constien, was once asked why there was a difference, he simply responded “the Cayman cannot outperform the 911”!
They don’t look like a Boxster anymore
When the Porsche Cayman was first introduced to the market back in 2005, people commented on how much it looked the Boxster. In fact, it is basically derived from the Boxster and is built in the same factory that the Boxster is (originally in Finland, now in Germany).
These days, the Cayman is now on its third generation and looks more like the Porsche 911 than the Boxster. In fact, it can actually be hard for most people to notice the difference; only die-hard Porsche enthusiasts will be able to tell you whether a car is a Cayman or a 911!
Jeremy Clarkson loves the Cayman
Those of you who are into your cars will be aware that Jeremy Clarkson is one of the presenters on the BBC programme “Top Gear”. And if you’ve been watching this iconic motoring programme, you will most likely take on board his comments when it comes to the cars that he reviews.
On the motoring website driving.co.uk (by the Sunday Times), he has given the Porsche Cayman 4 out of 5 stars back in June 2013 when he reviewed the car, with his only main gripe with the car is that the seats aren’t as comfortable as 911 seats, but then, he is a motoring journalist, and a grumpy one at that!
It’s named after an alligator
I’m not sure that this is going to be a deciding factor for people, but I thought I’d add it in here anyway! The Porsche Cayman was actually named after a type of alligator, the caiman.
When the German carmaker first launched the model, they adopted four caiman alligators at Stuttgart Zoo, presumably as a publicity stunt.
So there you have it; a car named after an alligator which is significantly cheaper than a 911 and shares an identical engine!