If you're looking for a Porsche that's a lot like the popular Porsche Boxster, but you want a hardtop coupe, you've found the right vehicle in the Porsche Cayman. Though Porsche asserts that the Cayman is much different than the Boxster, we find them to be very similar. The Cayman coupe was actually designed alongside the Type 987, and even made its debut at the same time as this vehicle. The Cayman stands somewhat of a middle-ground in the Porsche line-up. It has a smoother ride than the Porsche Boxster, but it's also not as sleek and speedy as the Porsche 911 Carrera model (first introduced in 2005).
The Porsche Cayman coupe was first designated the 987 C7S and made its debut (along with the 987 Boxster) in 2005 and was first produced for the 2006 model year. The Cayman sources about 40 percent of its parts from the 987 Boxster, which shares about 55 percent of its parts with the 997 Carrera. For the 2012 year, the Porsche Cayman comes in several different variants: the base trim, the S trim, the R trim, and the S Black Edition trim. For this review, we will focus on the base trim, which has a starting MSRP of $51,900. The Black Edition premiered in 2012, while the Cayman R received a significant power increase.
Very few changes were made for the 2012 model Porsche Cayman coupe, but changes weren't really needed- it's an amazing vehicle as-is. Its thrilling performance, unbeatable handling, and original Porsche design are sure to impress almost any driver. Though there's perhaps not enough Porsche history immediately apparent in this coupe, its design leaves almost no room for critique. On the negative side, the Cayman could use more comfortable, spacious seating. Though its seats are nice enough, there's barely any leg room, and don't even consider storing your belongings in your beauty; cargo room is extremely limited. Safety features, standard comfort and technology features are plentiful enough, but we'd like to see a bit more bang for our buck. To get the really nice accessories, you'll have to invest a hefty amount of additional cash in the vehicle.
Overall, in review, we find the 2012 Porsche Cayman coupe to be a great sports car for the money, and if it doesn't give drivers enough of the power and features they desire, there's always the more luxurious and powerful Cayman models.