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PORSCHE CAYMAN S PDK

Description

Date : July 30, 2020
Mileage : 47890 km
Condition : Pre-Owned
Cylinders : 6
Warranty : No
Year : 2014
Body Type : Coupe
Transmission : Automatic
Engine Power : 300 - 400 hp
Engine Type : Petrol
Assembly : GCC Specs
Color : Blue
Insurance : No
Top-Speed 176 MPH

Steering is of course the mid-engine Cayman’s raison d’être, and even though Porsche ditched the hydraulic setup for electric assist, it’s still top shelf. Curmudgeons will argue that some of the “feel” has been lost, but, as Porsche points out, negative feedback was also lost in the switch. These are the same breed of folks who said the 901 (the original name for the 911 before Peugeot sued for all the middle zeros) was too fat and heavy back at the 1963 Frankfurt motor show. These people enjoy barking up the wrong tree. There are times when I question a manufacturer’s decision to launch a car on a racetrack. This is not one of those times. As good as the Cayman S was on the road—and it was fantastic—the approximately 3000-pound coupe simply comes alive when it pretends to be a race car. Turn-in is quick, sharp, and fast. With most of the vehicle’s weight between the front and rear wheels, plus a hyperstiff chassis, there’s virtually no understeer. And really, there’s no bad behavior whatsoever. Only my shortcomings as a driver.

Helping the Cayman S to be such an effective track toy is the PDK (double-clutch) transmission. I drove both a manual and PDK Cayman S, and there’s no question in my mind the latter’s the one to get. The six-speed manual is OK (Porsche still expects about a 50-percent take rate, though that sounds high), but like all modern German shift-it-yourself units, the action’s a little rubbery. Compared with the PDK, the manual seems like an afterthought. The new manual does feature (non-defeatable) rev matching when you downshift—a cool feature, but it does take some of the fun away from performing your own heel-and-toe downshifts. Still, it’s obvious that the development dollars went into the seven-speed PDK, which not only shifts faster, but returns better fuel economy. In cars equipped with the Sport Chrono package (one of those must-have options), you get Sport Plus mode. While the paddles work well, on the track just let the PDK do the shifting. It’s freakishly intuitive. I should point out, however, that Walter Röhrl controlled his gears via the paddles.

Car Features

  • ABS
  • Air Bags
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Rims
  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Player
  • Cruise Control
  • DVD Player
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Reversing Camera
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