2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

Pros: Impressive build quality; invigorating acceleration; agile handling; broad range of options for personalization

Cons: Limited cargo space; tight, low-slung cockpit; subpar rear visibility; prices rise quickly as options are added

CG Says: The Porsche Cayman lineup adds specially trimmed Black Edition model and a line-topping GT4 model for 2016. Cayman is the hardtop-coupe version of Porsche’s two-seat, mid-engine Boxster convertible. The two cars share a platform and use mid-mounted, horizontally opposed (“flat”) 6-cylinder engines. The new GT4 is the performance champ of the Cayman lineup; its exclusive features include unique styling, a 385-horsepower 3.8-liter 6-cylinder (with mandatory 6-speed manual transmission), larger brakes, sport suspension, and the Porsche Torque Vectoring system. The Cayman and Boxster can be considered Porsche’s “entry-level” sports cars; both are priced far below the Porsche 911, though the Cayman’s base prices range from around $500 to $2500 more than a comparable Boxster. Some less-expensive sports cars challenge Cayman on a fun-per-dollar basis, and some like-priced competitors deliver more outright power. Few, however, match the Cayman’s range of strengths: road manners and mechanical sophistication to satisfy the most discriminating driver, a good dose of everyday usability, and the cachet of the Porsche name. Prices quickly escalate with options, so seek a modestly equipped model for best dollar value.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Porsche
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices Base: $52,600
Black Edition: $59,200
S: $64,100
GTS: $75,200
GT4: $84,600

Base Engine
2.7-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
275
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-32

Optional Engine
3.4-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
325 (340 in GTS)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-31

Optional Engine
3.8-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
385
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23

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