Little engine that can
2013 Porsche Cayman
The new 2013 Porsche Cayman borrows plenty of tricks from its droptop Boxster brethren, including double stacked headlights, an integrated rear spoiler, gaping side-scoops as well as a new front clip. Combined with a slightly longer wheelbase and wider track – this evolution of the Porsche progeny is a raw and visceral looking little beast — and we’re definitely smitten.
To make sure it’s not all show and no go, the mid-mounted boxer motor found in the base model ponies up 275hp with 213 lb-ft of twist to hit 0-60 in a tick over five seconds. The Cayman S model will produce 325hp and 272 lb-ft or torque, making it more powerful than an early 997 (2005–2011) generation 911 and quicker too; clocking sixty from a standstill in 4.4 seconds. Both cars tip the scales slightly less than their outgoing models and deliver better EPA ratings too. Porsche’s seven-speed PDK sequential shifter is the faster, greener option, but we’ll take ours with the third pedal thanks. Call us old school, but we still like to row our own boat.