Porsche Cayman 2.7 PDK Review
All grown up...

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
14 May 2013
 

Introduction

Porsche doesn’t want you to know this but the best handling model in their line-up isn’t actually the 911. Much as I love the 50 year old Porsche 911 design, the drive layout isn’t exactly ideal. With the engine hanging behind the rear axle, it tends to create a pendulum effect when you go round a corner.

Thus explains the 911’s reputation for being a very unforgiving machine for newcomers. In the older models especially, once the rear snaps around, it is usually terminal and you will exit the corner tail first everytime. But the 911 design continues to endure because once you’ve mastered the car, you’ll be rewarded with tremendous mechanical grip from the engine hanging over the rear axle. 

Porsche has spent the better part of the last 50 years ‘perfecting’ the 911 and it has resulted in some of the best handling modern day performance coupes with the 991 sitting proudly at the top.

Even with so much development poured into the rear engine design, you can’t change the fundamental laws of physics.

In 2005 when Porsche wanted to plug a market gap between the Boxster and the 911, they had unwittingly created one of the best mid-engined sports coupe of all time. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2706cc
Engine Type Flat 6
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Bore x Stroke (89:72.5)mm
Power 275bhp @ 7400rpm
Torque 290Nm @ 4500rpm
Power to Weight 205.2 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 5.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 264 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.7 km/L
Drag Coefficient 0.300

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed PDK
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Coupe
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4380 x 1801 x 1294) mm
Wheelbase 2475 mm
Turning Circle 10.9 metres
Kerb Weight 1340 kg
Boot Capacity (folded) 425 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs