Love the look for the popular Porsche Boxster, but desire a hardtop coupe instead of the Boxster's softer one? Look no further than the Porsche Cayman S. This sporty coupe is very similar to the Boxster and was even designed alongside the Boxster Type 987 model and made its debut at the same time, in 2005. Both vehicles were then produced for the 2006 model year. At the time of its debut, the Cayman coupe was designated the 987 C7S. The sporty "S" variant was actually the first model of the Cayman lineup to be produced. The Cayman RS followed shortly after, and the S Black Edition is a recent addition to the line. 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.
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). For 2012, 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 sporty "S" trim, which has a starting MSRP of $62,100 and features a 3.40liter direct-injection engine that produces 320 horsepower.
Very few changes were made for the 2012 model Porsche Cayman S 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. On the negative side, the Cayman could use more spacious seating. Though its sporty seats are comfortable and sylish, there's not much leg room, and don't even consider storing your belongings in this 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 impressive accessories, you'll have to invest a fairly large amount of additional cash in the vehicle. There's also perhaps not enough Porsche history immediately apparent in the coupe's design, but we have no other qualms with its brilliant style. Overall, in review, we find the 2012 Porsche Cayman S coupe to be a great sports car for the money, especially as compared to more pricey competitors.