2010 Porsche Cayman


2010 Porsche Cayman Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Porsche Cayman was new.


Performance: 9.3

Reviewers report that the 2010 Cayman is a dynamic performer -- offering strong engine options and top-notch sports handling. 

  • "It almost goes without saying that the Cayman S accelerates, brakes, steers and handles like, well, a Porsche, and measurably better than before." -- Road and Track
  • "The metallic engine note strengthens the impression that this is a mechanical work of art. All the pieces add up to one of the great cars of our time. Big horsepower or no, it makes covering ground at high speed a low-stress experience." -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

Both the Cayman and Cayman S feature strong engines that leave test drivers impressed. Not surprisingly, many report that the stronger S trim is more satisfying to drive.

The base-trim Cayman comes equipped with a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 260 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 201 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 - 6,000 rpm. However, the more powerful Cayman S features a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 310 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 251 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 - 6,000 rpm. The base Cayman and Cayman S feature a five-speed and six-speed manual transmission, respectively. However, a Tiptronic S transmission is optional.

Porsche claims that the base Cayman has a top speed of 160 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The Cayman S trumps the base with a top speed of 171 mph and a 0 to 60 acceleration time of just 5.1 seconds.

According to the EPA, the Cayman’s city/highway fuel economy ranges from 19/26 mpg to 20/29 mpg, depending on trim and transmission.

  • "They have smooth, ready power for any situation. S models have noticeably more muscle.  ... The transmission has smooth shift and clutch action." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's why, as you accelerate from idle to flat out, the aural sensations inside the car flash through gurgle, whine, moan, bellow, shriek -- almost faster than the ear and mind can identify each sensation.  ... Even non-smokers will be reaching for unfiltered Camels after a full-throttle blast in Cayman." -- USA Today
  • "The dual-clutch transmission in our test car never failed to find the right gear at the right time and react instantaneously." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

Most test drivers find the Cayman to be an extraordinary handler. Some, however, take issue with how its optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system affects ride quality. The Porsche’s mid-mounted engine enhances overall balance.

  • "Regardless of model, the Cayman's core strengths are its compact and nimble midengine platform and high body rigidity. This has allowed Porsche's engineers to hone the car's reflexes to a point where one can argue that this is the company's best-handling car. It feels sharper than a Boxster and is more forgiving at the limit of adhesion than the 911." -- Edmunds
  • "Mid-engine Porsches are some of the sweetest handling cars on the planet. Flick the steering wheel to lop an arc from a curve, and the Cayman simply waltzes through." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "[T]he Cayman's steering is more precise and communicative than any other real street car. The roads on our test loop were bumpy and wet today, and the Cayman's steering told me exactly how much grip I had at all times. And given that this is a perfectly damped, mid-engine car, that's always a lot. Even without the optional PASM adaptive damping, the balance of body control, grip, and compliance simply has to be experience to be believed." -- Car and Driver
  • "Steering feel is natural and precise. Balance is outstanding, and grip in turns is tenacious. Braking is strong and confidence inspiring. Active Suspension Management is more of a detriment to ride quality than a boon to handling prowess. We wouldn't recommend it." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As long as you don't mess up your inputs...the Cayman S will reward you with intuitive responses. The steering simply transfers the blacktop into the palms of your hands in a quick and unambiguous, responsive and progressive, well- damped and yet totally unfiltered manner." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "No, this Porsche probably wouldn't be very nice to deal with if you lived somewhere that required driving up and down lots of snow-covered hills and mountains, but in a flat, Midwestern city like Detroit, you could pretty much use it year-round as a daily driver." -- AutoWeek

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