In a world full of firsts, it’s easy to overlook the ones that come in second, regardless of how impressive their feats may be. Take the Olympics, for example. Everyone gushes over the gold medal winner; they get the Jay Leno interview and all the endorsements, but we tend to forget the fact that the other medalists and non-winners alike were in the Olympics, too. In the world of Porsche, the 911 gets to carry the brand flag, and for good reason, but the Cayman’s feats are also worthy of some quality blog time- mainly because it’s a damn fun car to drive.
Show some support and take a look at what the 2012 Porsche Cayman has to offer.
Porsche Cayman Trims and Feature Highlights
Those who want a hard top Boxster have come to the right place. The Cayman is a 2-seat luxury sports coupe available in base Cayman, S, S Black Edition, and R trims. Starting just under $52,000 the 2012 Cayman can easily hover around the $80,000 mark, depending on trim and extras that tend to inflate the price quickly.
Performance and feature upgrades available for further customization include external aesthetic and performance components, ceramic brakes, sport seats, and aluminum interior parts.
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Porsche Cayman Performance
Your base Cayman engine comes in the form of a 2.9 liter V6 worth 265 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. The horizontally opposed, or flat-6, engines in all Cayman models are mid-mounted to create better balance and thus superior handling.
Moving up the ladder, the Cayman S features a 3.4 liter flat-6 with 320 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. Both Cayman R and Cayman S Black trims get beefed up to 330 horsepower, good enough for 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds (R models with the PDK transmission and Sport Plus functions).
Every Cayman trim comes equipped with rear-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission, with the option for a 7-speed dual clutch automated manual, or PDK, that is vaunted for its seamless lightning quick gear changes and improved fuel economy over a traditional automatic.
Porsche Cayman Fuel Economy
EPA estimates tag the 2.9 liter Cayman at 19/27/22 (city/highway/combined) MPG with the 6-speed manual, and 20/29/24 with DPK. Cayman S trims with the 6-speed manual lose 1 highway MPG (PDK numbers are the same) and the Cayman R with PDK drops 1 combined MPG for 20/29/23 overall (manual numbers are the same as base Cayman).
Porsche Cayman Interior Highlights
A tight cabin doesn’t take away from Cayman’s overall comfort. Quality materials interweave seamlessly with a sports feel; just remember that this cabin is an experience built for two. Optional leather sport and bucket seats are available, and you can also choose to heat and/or ventilate your backside when conditions require such measures. Music buffs can elevate their drives with BOSE surround sound; navigation on a 6.5 inch touchscreen is another nice, if pricey, option.
Cargo space is measured at 14.5 cubic feet total, though it’s divided between 9.2 cubes in the rear and 5.3 up front.
Porsche Cayman Safety
Standards on every 2012 Cayman include antilock disc brakes, stability/traction control, and side & head airbags. Additional safety features can be added depending on the trim, including rear park assist and ceramic (PCCB) brakes.
Crash test ratings are unavailable for the 2012 Cayman.
Porsche Cayman Summary
If you’re in the market for a luxury sports car, check out the Cayman. You’ll be happy you did. Need an incredibly easy way to buy the 2012 Porsche Cayman at the price you want? We’ve got you covered, just click CarWoo!