2015 Porsche Cayman

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2015 Porsche Boxster GTS Front Three Quarter In Motion 03
Llucmajor, Mallorca -- Enthusiasts are faced with an increasingly tough decision when selecting a Porsche sports car. The 911 has always been the go-to choice. But Porsche's "entry-level" models -- the Boxster convertible and its hardtop Cayman sibling -- cannot be taken lightly. In fact, many enthusiasts prefer the balanced driving character of the mid-engine Cayman/Boxster duo to that of the 911, with its engine mounted in the rear.
Now, the decision is even harder. Porsche is launching more powerful, more track-capable GTS versions of the Cayman and the Boxster this summer. The output of their 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engines swells by 15 hp, to 340 hp in the Cayman and 330 hp in the Boxster. There's more standard equipment, including the Sport Chrono package with launch control and electrically controlled transmission mounts; and the Porsche Active Suspension Management system, which allows the operator to choose different driving settings and lowers the car by 0.4 inch. This means a Boxster GTS or Cayman GTS treads intriguingly close to the base 350-hp 911 while undercutting the flagship model by some $9000 or more.
The GTS label has a noteworthy history at Porsche, having originated on the 904 Carrera GTS race car (which was barely road legal) in 1963. It was used on the 924 and 928 in the 1980s and 1990s and more recently on the 997-generation 911. It's also seen today on the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan. Regardless of the car, or the era, GTS means something to Porsche. "We're trying to translate the GTS, which is comfortable but performance oriented," says Porsche vice president Stefan Weckbach, who's in charge of the Boxster and Cayman line.
We're pondering all of this as we approach a group of red, yellow, blue, and gray Boxsters and Caymans waiting outside our hotel on the Spanish island of Mallorca. It's quite a sight: the cars are literally sparkling in the morning sun. Yes, they're colorful, but the GTS trim gives them a more sinister vibe. "The contrasting color is always black," Weckbach says, and it's used effectively on the air inlets and the front spoilers, which are larger and give the noses of the cars an angrier look. Black gives the bi-xenon headlights and LED running lights a smoky appearance, and the Carrera S wheels can -- and in our opinion should -- be ordered in glossy black as well.
We slip behind the wheel of a gray Boxster, put the top down, and set off. Even though this color is more suitable for a naval vessel, its subtlety allows you to notice the attractive curves of the Boxster.
"Nice car," a local remarks as we cautiously maneuver past him and his canine companion on a narrow road.
"Nice dog," we reply. As we accelerate away, the sport exhaust, which is standard on GTS models, sounds great. It starts at a low rumble, builds to a growl, and culminates with a high-pitched scream as we modulate the throttle and grab the paddle shifters, which respond with satisfying clacks. The exhaust note underscores the energetic feel of the 3.4-liter flat six engine as we blast through tunnels and ascend into the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. The roads are tricky, and we encounter bicyclists, stones, trees, and steep drop-offs around seemingly every corner. Still, it's easy to press on, and the precise steering and strong, predictable brakes bolster our confidence.
At a lower velocity, we notice the interior surroundings. The GTS trim provides soft Alcantara suede on the steering wheel, the headliner, the center console, and the seat inserts. It is plush and gives the high-spirited car a luxurious feel.
As much fun as the open-air Boxster is, the Cayman feels even more pure. The fixed roof gracefully blends into the tail of the car over the engine. It has a little more power, it's a little quicker (though you'd be hard-pressed to notice) and it is priced $1700 higher than the Boxster. The Cayman is an excellent track car, too, and we push it through several laps on the Circuito Mallorca. The two-mile track is used mostly for motorcycle racing and has many tight corners. The lithe Cayman, with a curb weight as low as 2965 pounds depending on equipment, is perfect for this setting. It tackles the close quarters with poise and agility, and on the short straight we make use of every one of the 340 available horses.
Coasting into the pit area, it's hard to imagine having much more fun in any Porsche. Sure, you can option out a 911 to near supercar territory, but besides Hurley Haywood or Walter Röhrl, who can really make effective use of all of that power? If you're a dyed-in-the-wool Porsche traditionalist, and only a 911 will do, we're not going to tell you that you're wrong. Still, if you want a modern Porsche that remains true to the history of the brand, the Boxster GTS and the Cayman GTS are both excellent choices.

2015 Porsche Boxster GTS/Cayman GTS

Base Price $74,495/$76,195 (Boxster/Cayman)
Engine 3.4L horizontally opposed six-cylinder
Power 330 hp @ 6700 rpm (Boxster), 340 hp @ 7400 rpm (Cayman)
Torque 273 lb-ft @4500–5800 rpm (Boxster), 280 lb-ft @4750–5800 rpm (Cayman)
Transmissions 7-speed PDK, 6-speed manual
Drive Rear-wheel
Steering Electro-mechanical
Brakes Ventilated discs
L x W x H 173.4 in x 77.9 in x 50.1–50.6 in
Wheelbase 97.4 in
Weight 2965–3164 lb (Boxster), 2965–3175 lb (Cayman)
Cargo volume 5.3 cu. ft. front/4.6 cu. ft. rear (Boxster), 5.3 cu. ft. front/9.7 cu. ft. rear (Cayman)
0-60 mph 4.4s (Boxster), 4.3s (Cayman)
Top speed 174 mph (Boxster), 177 mph (Cayman)
2015 Porsche Cayman
2015 Porsche Cayman

New for 2015

The Porsche Cayman GTS is introduced for the 2015 model year, adding more power, some visual changes, and several performance upgrades. Otherwise, trim changes include interior and exterior color options, and park assist with front/rear sensors, and a rearview camera.

Vehicle Overview

The Porsche Cayman is a hardtop mid-engine two-seat sports car from the iconic manufacturer that birthed the 911. In recent years the Cayman and its drop-top Boxster twin have become so capable and fun that they make a reasonable enthusiast’s alternative to the increasingly pricey 911. The Cayman and Boxster fits below the 911 as the least-expensive non-SUVs in the Porsche lineup.


The 2015 Porsche Cayman comes in three flavors, each with the option of a six-speed manual or the excellent seven-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic. Base Cayman models receive a 2.7-liter flat-six that produces 275 hp and 213 lb-ft of torque, which is rated by the EPA for 20/30 mpg (city/highway) with the manual and 22/32 mpg with the PDK. Buyers looking for more power can step up to the 3.4-liter flat-six in the S and GTS, which produces 325 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque in the Cayman S. EPA estimates are 20/28 mpg with the manual and 21/30 mpg with the PDK. Dangerously close to the base Carrera 911 is the Cayman GTS, which for $9,000 less produces 340 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, which puts it within 10 hp and 7 lb-ft of the iconic sports car. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19/26 mpg with the manual and 22/31 mpg with the PDK. An even more performance-oriented Cayman model called the GT4 arrives for the 2016 model year.
Notable Cayman features include the Sport Chrono package (adds a stop watch, and selectable enhancements to chassis, engine, and transmission tuning), dynamic transmission mounts, torque vectoring, active suspension management, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, a Bose premium audio system, and ceramic-composite brakes. We prefer a Cayman with minimal options as the hardtop roadster is the most fun when driven hard.
The 2015 Porsche Cayman has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Porsche Cayman is perhaps the Porsche to buy for driving enthusiasts. With the release of the Cayman GTS, the “entry-level” Porsche just about matches the base model 911, at a price that starts $9,000 lower. The Cayman offers balanced performance, as we mentioned in a Driven Review of a 2014 Cayman S. “The suspension blends decent ride comfort with entertaining handling properties, riveting grip, strong traction, and behavior at the limit that varies between docile and demanding.” Excellent brakes help keep the fun in check, and optional carbon-ceramic rotors make the ideal track tool.
We did note, however, that the new electrically assisted power steering gives up some feedback when compared with the previous hydraulic-assist system. Like the iconic 911, the Cayman is an “extremely spec-sensitive” purchase, as niceties can often bring the price closer to $100,000. The Cayman is an excellent tool for enjoying that road you’ve been looking to carve up. We recommend sticking with the standard 18-inch wheels, as one tester we drove felt skittish at the limit with 20-inchers. In a 2014 comparison between a Cayman and an Alfa Romeo 4C, we praised the Italian for being a more exciting and sporty roadster but said the Porsche is “the more complete all-around car and the safer bet for those who travel long distances and many miles.” You be the judge of how practical your fun car needs to be.

You’ll Like

  • 911-level performance for less money (GTS)
  • One of the best electric-assist power steering systems available
  • Comfortable while remaining a capable track tool

You Won’t Like

  • The more exciting but more hard-core Alfa Romeo 4C is the same price
  • Can get pricey in a hurry with options
  • 20-inch wheels cause a skittish ride

Key Competitors

  • Nissan 370Z
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Audi TTS
  • BMW Z4


Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Front Three Quarter
The 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 is a track-ready tool straight from the showroom floor, but that didn't stop Porsche from taking the GT4 a step further and turning it into the track-only GT4-based race car that will be ready to compete on the world stage.
Porsche Cayman S Exclusive Front Three Quarters
The Porsche Cayman S doesn’t need help to look good, but you won’t hear us complain that Porsche Exclusive has decided to lend its capable hands to a special-edition version. Decked out with a lovely package of exterior and interior upgrades, the Porsche Cayman S Exclusive might just be the perfect luxury sports car.
Porsche Cayman GT4 Cammofree 1
Few cars have developed the mystique and excitement before an official launch that has come to surround the upcoming Porsche Cayman GT4. Until now, we only saw the hardcore GT4 testing in public view wearing camouflage. Now, spy photographers caught an un-camouflaged GT4 out for final testing, and it looks exactly as mean as a mini-911 GT3 should be. Sporting a slightly modified front-end and a cleaned-up variation of the GT3-style wing we saw in previous spy shots, this uncovered Porsche Cayman GT4 is lower, sleeker, and appears every bit as race-ready as its larger brethren.
2015 Porsche Cayman Gts Go Kart Track Video
People rave about the mid-engine Porsche Cayman for its superb balance and handling prowess, but rarely is it ever so impressively on display as it is here. Porsche recently posted a video to its YouTube account of the 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS tackling a narrow go-kart track in Northern Italy with surgical precision and confidence.

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2015 Porsche Cayman Specifications

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2.7L H6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
275 hp @ 7400rpm
214 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Porsche 911, Boxster, and Cayman vehicles manufactured May 7, 2014, to September 23, 2014. The front hood upper lock components were not manufactured to specification and may fail to securely latch the vehicle's hood during operation.
A failure of the hood latching mechanism may cause the hood to suddenly open during vehicle operation and will severely impede the driver's ability to see out the front windshield, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the lock on the front hood, free of charge. The recall began December 12, 2014. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AE04.
Potential Units Affected
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IIHS Overall Side Crash
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