2014 Porsche Cayman

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What's New for 2014:
  • Redesigned inside and out
  • Lighter, stiffer, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient than previous model
  • New engines with automatic start/stop technology
  • Standard brake-energy regeneration system
  • Optional PDK transmission includes coasting function
  • Longer wheelbase and wider track for improved handling
  • Electric steering and upgraded braking system
  • Redesigned sport seats and greater cargo capacity
  • New adaptive cruise control option with Porsche Active Safe
  • New Porsche Entry & Drive option
  • New Burmeister audio system option
  • New Power Steering Plus option
  • Next-generation Porsche Active Suspension Management

The 2014 Porsche Cayman is redesigned, still based on the same platform as the Porsche Boxster but equipped with what the automaker says is greater styling differentiation. The Cayman is a mid-engine, 2-seat sports car equipped with front and rear trunks that provide a total of 15 cubic feet of cargo capacity. It has no direct competitors. The most likely alternatives cross-shopped by Cayman buyers include the Audi TTS, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette, Mercedes-Benz SLK350, and, to a lesser extent, the Nissan 370Z.

Models and Features
Porsche sells the 2014 Cayman in standard or Cayman S model series. Standard equipment includes 18-inch aluminum wheels with low rolling-resistance performance tires, water-repellant front window glass, rain-sensing wipers, heated windshield washer nozzles, and heated exterior mirrors. Inside, the Cayman is equipped with sport seats, Bluetooth, a 4.6-inch information screen, 7-inch color touch-screen radio with 4 speakers and an auxiliary audio input jack, and a universal garage door opener.

The Cayman S adds a more powerful engine, larger 19-inch wheels and tires, bigger brakes pulled from the 911 Carrera, red-painted brake calipers, twin center-mounted exhaust outlets, and bi-xenon headlights.

Options and Packages
Porsche offers myriad ways to option a 2014 Cayman to specific buyer requirements by selecting from numerous metallic or custom paint colors, several wheel sizes and styles, and multiple combinations of seat designs and leather choices. Additionally, the Cayman can be upgraded with a wide range of interior finishes and treatments, right down to specifying air vent slats and a fuse box cover trimmed in leather.

Hardware upgrades include a sport exhaust system, sport suspension, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), Power Steering Plus, and a Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake system (PCCB). The Sport Chrono package adds PDK transmission settings such as \"race course,\" a Sport Plus button, Launch Control, and dynamic transmission mounts. An adaptive cruise control system includes Porsche Active Safe (PAS) technology.

Additionally, Cayman buyers can add dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, SportDesign steering wheel, navigation system, and a choice between a Bose surround-sound audio system and a high-end Burmeister premium audio system designed specifically for the car. Bi-xenon headlights can be added to the standard Cayman, and both models are offered with a Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with speed-dependent headlight range control. Front and rear park-assist sensors, power-folding side mirrors, and a rear window wiper are also optional, and buyers can also take European delivery at Leipzig or Zuffenhausen, Germany.

Under the Hood
The Porsche Cayman is a mid-engine sports car, meaning that its engine is mounted behind the seats but forward of the rear axle. Both of the car's engines employ horizontally opposed pistons in \"flat\" or \"Boxer\" engine configuration, which helps reduce the car's center of gravity.

The standard engine is a direct-injection, 2.7-liter 6-cylinder unit generating 275 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 213 lb.-ft. of torque between 4,500 rpm and 6,500 rpm. The Cayman S is equipped with a direct-injection, 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 325 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque between 4,500 rpm and 5,800 rpm.

Regardless of engine choice, a 6-speed manual gearbox powers the rear wheels and a 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) automated manual gearbox is optional. Porsche says that when the Cayman is properly equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Pack and the PDK, it accelerates to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. A Cayman S achieves the same velocity in 4.4 seconds, according to the automaker.

Both Cayman engines have fuel-saving automatic start/stop and coasting features. A Sport button activates more aggressive powertrain response, shutting off these two systems in the process.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2014 Cayman is rated to return 22 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg in combined driving. Choose the Cayman S, and those ratings drop by 2 mpg across the board.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The 2014 Cayman is available with Porsche Active Safe (PAS), which is included with the adaptive cruise control (ACC) system. Using the ACC system's radar unit, PAS can identify if the risk of a frontal collision exists, and reacts to the threat in stages. First, PAS primes the braking system and increases brake assist levels. Next, if the driver takes no action, PAS emits both an audible and visible alert for the driver combined with a brake pedal jolt. If the driver still doesn't react, PAS applies maximum braking force to avoid the collision or to reduce speed prior to impact.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the new Cayman as this overview is written.


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