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2007 Porsche Cayman Review

Basic Instinct

A three-quarter front view of a 2007 Porsche Cayman

In short: A sporty, tight-handling two-seat coupe.

The Cayman is by default and by price the basic Porsche; it was actually introduced after the higher performance S version. Call it the entry vehicle in the line up of a fleet of incredible street and racing machines.

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For all it offers, the 911 might just be in our appreciation the perfect sports car; good for everyday uses, you get four seats, design, prestige and performance, from the gym to the office, the grocery store, at the golf course and many glamorous events. But there is a price of entry to that perfect world.

Porsche Cayman

To remedy that the Stuttgart firm came up with a no-less enviable mid-engined sport car.  In basic, we mean it has the Porsche DNA and remains quite simple in execution. In fact our tester felt bare – in a good way – reminding us of something track-ready. You only get two seats but good cabin space and good head room. There are options you can get and some you can’t: like a sunroof. Due to the cars design, your kidneys are attached to the 245 horsepower flat six engine which means you feel the heart of this agile reptile pulsing, getting you in phase with the driving experience; direct steering, impeccable braking and face cheering accelerations. This behavior is this car’s best asset with its neo-legendary road holding capabilities. In layman’s terms, this car is for a true driving enthusiast. His grandma might be proud of his choice but not necessarily enjoy the somewhat rough ride – we did, but not for everyday, all the time driving.

Porsche Cayman engine is inaccessible so fluids are entered through this trunk hatch Porsche Cayman three-spoke steering wheel

Does it mean that this vehicle has a Jekyll and Hyde personality? One being the basic entry Porsche and the other a totally fun second, or even third car. Whatever order it finds in your garage you are guaranteed a fun ride every time, and you will exercise gawkers’ heads with this instinctive machine.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2007 Porsche Cayman

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile limited warranty, 12-year limited warranty against rust, 24-hour roadside assistance for four-years/unlimited miles.

Base Price: $49,400 / As Tested: $51,000

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 2.7-liter flat-6
Horsepower: 245 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 201 lb-ft @ 4600-6000 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Curb weight: 2,866 lbs
Wheelbase: 95.1 in
172.1/70.9/51.4 in
Turning circle: 36.4 feet

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS
independent front and rear

Traction: traction control, vehicle stability control, automatic brake differential
Safety: front air bags, side air bags, door-mounted reverse curtain air bags, tire pressure monitor

0-60 mph: 5.8 seconds
Top Speed: 160 mph

EPA City: 23 mpg
EPA Highway: 32 mpg

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(Updated: 3/15/12 NW)

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