Used Porsche Cayman Review (2012-2016) MK3

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

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Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman Review (2012-2016)

The Porsche Cayman is another epic out-and-out sports car from Porsche, offering impressive handling, encapsulating performance, and textbook Porsche refinement

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  • Superb handling and performance
  • Porsche refinement
  • More affordable than a 911
  • Auto not as engaging
  • Not a 911
  • Can be spec'd more expensive than a 911
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What's the Porsche Cayman like?

The Porsche 911 has always been the one we lust after, but if you want your Porsche for driving enjoyment, save some cash and drive its brilliant little brother.

Porsche may have lost sales of the 911 when it introduced the Cayman, as it's an absolute delight to drive in every way that very few sports cars compare.


The flat-6 boxer engine has enough power to reel in the horizon as if it's on the end of a line, even in the lower power cars, and yet will trickle through town in high gear without any dramatics.

The manual gearchange is quick and slick, but the clutch in some models can be quite heavy. The answer to that is to find one with the excellent PDK automatic option.

Engines in the '987' model built up to 2013 are either 2.7, 2.9, or 3.4 litres with power ranging from 245bhp to 325bhp, and 0 to 60mph acceleration of just 6.0 seconds even in the standard 2.7-litre.

Between 2013 and 2016, the base model's 2.7-litre power went up to 271bhp, while at the top of the range came the GT4, which had a 3.4-litre engine and 379bhp.

Driving Experience

From the perfectly-weighted and delightfully-tactile steering, to the marvellous-sounding, free revving mid-mounted engine, this is one of the best driver’s cars on the planet.

The road holding is sublime, with the most amazing levels of grip. They're rarely upset by poor surfaces mid-corner and simply track through at what would seem impossible speeds to the drivers of other cars.
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The handling balance – always a mark of a good car – is immaculate, with superb feel from the marvellously direct steering, and the whole car instils confidence like very few others.

The magnificent brakes are spot-on perfect, reining in all the engine's power with consummate ease, and the ride – at least in the lower order models – is much better than any such sporting car has a right to.

Practicality and Equipment

The Cayman really does make a supercar for everyday use. Porsche cars generally have a very good reputation for reliability.

Unlike some 911s, there's a great view all round from the driver’s seat, which has enough adjustment for all sizes to be comfortable.

It's only a 2-seater, but there's decent storage in the cabin and both front and rear boots – the rear one sitting above the engine.

Equipment in standard trim includes alarm, alloys, traction control, aircon and part leather seats.

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If you're in the market for a textbook sports car that offers one of the purist and driver focused experiences, then the Cayman is for you. It may still be below the iconic 911 in the range, but the Cayman range is getting just as sought-after as time goes on.