2011 Porsche Cayman

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The Porsche Cayman is a mid-engine 2-seat coupe, similar to the Porsche Boxster but with a fixed hard top and more emphasis on performance, according to the automaker. The 2011 model is mainly a carryover, with a revised set of option packages.

The base 2011 Porsche Cayman features 17-inch wheels with summer performance tires, air conditioning, cruise control, some power accessories (including a power retractable spoiler), trip computer, and a 4-speaker sound system. The Cayman S trim features a larger, more powerful engine, 18-inch wheels, and an upgraded sound system. Options-packaged and stand-alone-are plentiful on both trims. The buyer has considerable choice of upholstery and interior trim materials, suspension, brakes, wheel sizes, and sound systems. Several different seat designs are offered, from traditional to ultra-sporty, from basic to fully featured. A limited-slip rear differential lock is available; so are adaptive bi-xenon headlights, navigation system, voice controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and various automated features. The Cayman R trim is a stripped version of the S (even air conditioning isn't standard), with 19-inch wheels and a slightly more powerful engine. The Cayman S Black Edition is what it sounds like. Front and rear trunks combine to provide 14.5 cubic feet of cargo space, according to Porsche.

The base power plant in the 2011 Porsche Cayman is a 265-horsepower, 2.9-liter, flat 6-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, working with a 6-speed manual or an optional double-clutch 7-speed automated manual transmission with paddle shifters and rear-wheel drive. This combination delivers 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with manual transmission, and 20/29 with automated manual transmission, according to the EPA. The Cayman S trim features a 320-horsepower, 3.4-liter, flat 6-cylinder engine; its fuel efficiency is virtually the same. With the Cayman R trim, that engine delivers 330 horsepower.

Standard safety features on the 2011 Porsche Cayman include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

Starting MSRP for the 2011 Porsche Cayman is $51,900.


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