A brilliant sports car; the best Porsche on offer?
April 29, 2019
I have owned a 2016 Cayman GTS (981) for two years now, and it is just such a brilliant little sports car - from one of the best sports car producers in Europe. Actually, I suspect that the 981 Cayman was one of the best value propositions that Porsche has ever offered! The flat 6 motor is just utterly brilliant, and when put into such a capable body and chassis, it is just doomed to be good. The approx. 39000 NM/Deg of torsional rigidity of the Cayman is unrivaled, and easily surpasses even the 991 or any other car for that matter, which provides the Porsche engineers with a lot of freedom when making it into the best road holding car that sensible money can buy. The performance is of course not among the best of the sports cars of today, but easily enough for "you and me" motoring. And once you get a sense of the sports exhaust (an option), you really understand why so many today miss the 981. It even sounds better than the 991 gen 1 with a comparable sports exhaust, which might sound strange - but remember that the Cayman is a mid-engine car which allows for longer exhaust travel and therefore has its own unique sound track.
Having previously owner a -92 964 C4 which I thought was loud, the Cayman 3.4 L motor is more (in all departments)..
The other quality worth mentioning is the level of comfort you get. With the PASM dampers included, the Cayman is both lowered 10mm compared to the original spec, as well as gets an adaptive set-up. This (together with the torsional rigidity) allows for a set-up of "drive modes" where the chassis can be very comfortable or stiff depending on your driving needs. But the real treat is in the spread between the modes; it is considerably larger than what the competition can accommodate (Audi TTRS for example). You will be pleasantly surprised!
I can only say that my 981 Cayman GTS is going to be with me for many years to come, and that it has been a joy from the first time I entered it. It has done approx 6000 miles without a single xxxx-up.