The 2012 Porsche Cayman comes in several different variants, including the base trim, the S trim, the R trim, and the S Black Edition trim. For the review, the base trim will take prevalence over the others. It also has a (very reasonable) starting MSRP of $51,900, though that price can rise much higher with added options. The 2012 Porsche Cayman coupe comes with excellent handling and steering capabilities. The six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel-drive really make for a fantastic driving experience. Body roll is almost nonexistent, and the variable-ratio steering is nearly unbeatable. Standard features, such as speed sensitive volume control, power and heated mirrors, leather sport seats, performance wipers, cruise control, and a universal remote transmitter abound.
Optional features are also exceptional, though pricey. These include: a Convenience package, an Infotainment package (with or without a Bose audio upgrade), and a Design and Design Sport package. These packages include such features as a navigation system, a 7-speaker audio system, aerodynamic kits, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, and bigger wheels and tires. A Sport Chrono package is also available. This package adds PDK, launch control, adjustable driver settings, and a lap timer. There are also several other unique customizations for the interior, exterior, and, well, basically any surface of the vehicle the driver would like to modify. In short, it's highly customizable.
The base Cayman brings an extremely powerful presence to the table- though it's not quite as beefy as the more expensive variants. It features a 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission that produces 265 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. A 7-speed manual dutch-cluth transmission is also available. The base Cayman gets from 0-60 mph in about 5.5 seconds and gets 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway (22 mpg combined) for the manual transmission and a more fuel-efficient 20 city/29 highway/24 combined mpg with the PDK transmission.