As Spring 2017 officially kicks off today, my thoughts inevitably turn towards the track. While race series at Daytona, Sebring, Formula 1 (final testing, at least) and even Goodwood have already commenced, as I look out my window there’s still a layer of snow covering the ground and temperatures have barely crept past freezing. It certainly doesn’t feel like Spring yet, but that doesn’t mean that preparation for heading to the track can’t begin. And though I dearly love tracking my Audi Coupe GT and it’s racked up some serious mileage on the race courses of New England, I can’t help but think that maybe it’s time for something newer. Maybe something like a Porsche Cayman, the “affordable” way into a track-friendly performance Porsche:
Porsche history has always been intrinsically linked with racing since before they were even a company. From Mercedes-Benz to Auto Union and later Cisitalia, Porsche offered world-beating designs prior to establishment of its own independent racing heritage. Since the 1950s, they’ve never looked back, and every successive generation has their own legends that were born. For my father, it was the 908 and 917, while I grew up with the turbocharged whistle of the 956 and 962 dominating race tracks. To capitalize on this nostalgia, coupled with more gentleman drivers heading to the track every weekend than there ever have been, Porsche’s lineup has increasingly focused on track-biased cars. But that hasn’t stopped some from going a few steps further, and Napelton Porsche launched an interesting idea just before the turn of the decade.
Why not create a race series of equal cars, slap historic liveries on them, and hit the track? The Interseries was just that, with door to door action pitting the iconic color combinations of Porsche history at the hands of mere mortals. From the Salzburg 917 that first took Porsche to the Le Mans title to the unmistakable Rothmans colors, each of these cars wore a bit of what made the marque a legend for so many people. Everyone has their favorite design, so this series offered Porschephiles a veritable cornucopia of visual pleasure. Today, one of these cars has come up for sale:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Porsche Cayman S Interseries on eBay…
To close out my week of green Porsches I’ll return to the color that I began with: Viper Green. Unlike Kermit, which wore a metallic shade of Viper Green borrowed from the VW Scirocco, this 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 appears to have returned to the color’s roots with the non-metallic Viper Green of the early ’70s. The differences between the two colors are readily apparent and if we compare it to Porsche’s own metallic shade of Viper Green, as seen on this 911SC, we pretty much cover all of our bases for variants of this color. Each is great in its own way and the blend of vintage color on modern machinery we see here, even when not on a 911, almost always produces a stunner.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Viper Green 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 on eBay…
From seemingly the moment it released the Cayman Porsche was criticized for holding it back so as not to outclass the 911. As we often heard, the Cayman’s inherently better balanced mid-engine layout should easily be able to outperform Porsche’s icon, if only Porsche would truly unleash it and give it a proper engine. Regardless of this criticism, the Cayman has been widely praised; it followed in the long footsteps of Porsche’s racing history providing excellent performance and refinement in the same package. With the release of the Cayman R criticism was abated. With the new Cayman GT4 we have a glimpse of what the Cayman truly can be. Here we have an example of the former, a Speed Yellow 2012 Porsche Cayman R, located in Texas, with 12,726 miles on it. The Cayman R didn’t really add much in the horsepower department – gaining only 10 hp over the standard Cayman S – but when combined with its lighter weight – some 120 fewer pounds than the Cayman S – the results began to take shape. Marry extra power and lighter weight with more performance-oriented suspension tuning and the Cayman R stood apart from its mid-engined siblings and finally bit at the heels of the 911. Was the R akin to the 911 GT3 RS in its track focus? Not quite, but it pointed in that direction and gave many critics what they had clamored for.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Porsche Cayman R on eBay…
The popularity of track days and amateur racing is at perhaps an all-time high, with seeming countless versions of track-prepared options out there. Back in the 1970s, there were basically no track-ready options available. Even when supposed track-derived cars arrived in the 1980s, they wouldn’t hold up to hot-lapping for very long. But today you can pop down to your Porsche, Audi, Aston Martin, Ferrari, and even Bentley dealer and walk out with a full factory prepared race car. The Porsche model which traditionally has carried this flame was the 911, first with the RS models followed by the GT3. But they’ve gotten hugely expensive, and Porsche has another popular track platform in the Cayman. Recently gussied up for track duty in the GT4 model everyone is swooning about, the Cayman is better prepared than ever to take on your favorite track. And by track, for many that means garage, waiting for the model to appreciate. But Porsche also released a full turn-key race version of the Cayman to the public this past year. With a mid-mounted 385 horsepower 3.8 flat-6, motivation wouldn’t be a problem. Porsche ups the track-bias with the 6-speed PDK, a factory roll cage, gutted interior and lightweight aluminum/steel hybrid panels, 15″ 6/4 piston brakes, and a slew of GT3 bits. You could even get a 26 gallon endurance fuel tank. But unlike the normal Porsche factory race cars, this fully-prepped GT4 Clubsport would run out the door at $165,000:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport on eBay…
We haven’t featured Porsche’s Cayman GT4 in a while and since this is probably my current favorite offering from the marque – I’m going to ignore the 911R for now – I wanted to revisit one of these. Since they became available it hasn’t been difficult to find a GT4 for sale second-hand and prices have unsurprisingly been pretty high. Most have virtually no mileage. This one is a little different: it’s an auction so we may have a better shot at a more reasonable price and this has a couple thousand miles on it. Nothing significant, but well past break-in. In that regard it qualifies much more as a used car than most of the others. The real distinguishing feature of this GT4, however, is the color. I have seen very few in Guards Red. I’m not sure why that would be the case since it’s a standard color, but for fans of Guards Red – and a car like this really begs for a color like this – this GT4 may serve as a pretty nice opportunity at a lightly used example.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 on eBay…
In my write-up of the new GT3 RS, I mentioned the Cayman GT4 as a useful alternative for those seeking a traditional manual in their performance car now that Porsche has decided the GT3 RS will no longer come equipped with one. So why not have a look at the new GT4? Like the GT variants with which we are all so familiar for the 911, the Cayman GT4 takes aim at the track. It uses the 3.8 liter flat-six from the 911 Carrera S with 380 hp, sources much of its stiffer suspension from the GT3, and drivers must accept some compromises to refinement and everyday usability in the name of less weight. Those weight savings are countered by weight gains from much of the more stout components on board meaning the GT4 comes in at nearly the same weight as the Cayman GTS. In appearance, the GT4 is clearly distinguished from its siblings by a front fascia akin to that of the GT3 and GT3 RS, its lowered ride height, more pronounced rear air inlets, and a rear wing. Suffice it to say, no one will confuse the GT4 for a standard Cayman. And, of course, the only transmission on offer is a 6-speed manual.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 on eBay…
The cynic might remark that the Porsche Cayman R is exactly what the Cayman could, and should, have been from the very beginning if Porsche hadn’t neutered it so as to protect the 911. The optimist might simply look on with joy and celebrate the arrival of a Cayman that has been allowed to flourish. Whichever side you’re inclined to lean toward the result is the same: the Cayman R is a fantastic machine that sharpens and hones all of the Cayman’s edges to provide a driving experience to rival any other car in the Porsche stable. Including the 911. Of course, there exist iterations of the 911 that can easily handle a Cayman R (though the new Cayman GT4 looks to close that gap considerably), but those 911s cost significantly more money. At a starting price of around $67K the Cayman R represented a very nice value for Porsche enthusiasts and even the most die-hard 911 fan could no longer turn his nose up in disdain. I always have liked the Cayman even if it lacked those 911 quirks that made Porsche’s leading light so revered. It was a relatively light and compact car blessed with impeccable balance and enough power to quickly get you into trouble. It definitely could have been better, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t good. With the R, the model had finally begun to approach its zenith and show its true form. The example here is a Carrera White 2012 Porsche Cayman R, located in Indiana, with 18,300 miles on it. While the R was available with a 6-speed manual this one has had the PDK 7-speed automatic transmission selected. It’s not my ideal choice, but depending on your intended use that transmission can make sense. It’s faster, if arguably less fun and less engaging.…
I really like the concept of the Cayman. Mid-engined, manual gearbox, rear drive and a lighter chassis are a return to the roots of Porsche – the Auto Union Grand Prix cars first designed by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s. Dynamically, it’s hard to fault the Cayman, too – on track, they’re simply magnificent, dispatching corners and straightaways with ease, rippling pavement in braking zones. I was lucky enough to spend some time on track in a then-new ’09 fully loaded S; it immediately put you at ease, the capabilities of the chassis left plenty in reserve even when you entered corners at seemingly inappropriate or inadvisable speeds. Fit and finish-wise, they’re a Porsche through and through; beautiful paint, striking wheels, and luxurious interiors. The soundtrack is pretty great, too. One area that I’m not convinced? The looks; some look great, while others look slightly out of proportion to me. One great upgrade that you can do that really makes the Cayman look more purposeful, though, it to equip the front end with big-brother 911 GT3 items. The result is much more aggressive, and paired with some racing graphics, a huge rear spoiler and the right bits inside, you’ve got yourself a budget Cup car:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Porsche Cayman on eBay…
I don’t like to make assumptions, especially within the automotive community as doing so is often met skepticism as to your intelligence and overall ability to function as a human being. That being said, I’m going to make two assumptions right now.
One: You were online yesterday and saw the new Porsche Cayman GT4 which you instantly fell in love with.
Two: You cannot afford the Porsche Cayman GT4.
I think these are fair assumptions to make because I’m a German Cars For Sale Blog reader and so are you. I’d love to have the fully clapped out brand new Cayman but given that I’m an automotive blogger, that’s just not in the cards. The first gen Cayman S on the other hand is well within the reach of many an automotive enthusaist and not just the high mileage beater ones either. Many a nicely equipped Cayman S can be found with around 50-80k miles on the clock for a reasonable price. For example, this one down in Dallas, TX has all the options you need and none that you don’t.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Porsche Cayman S on eBay…
For German car fans who love racing, it doesn’t get much more exciting than Porsche’s long history of endurance racing. Indeed, Porsche’s venerable 911 seems intrinsically linked with racing – undoubtedly, part of its mystique. However, true factory racing Porsches have always been pretty expensive when new and still are so. Watching yesterday’s coverage of the 24 Hours of Daytona had me cringing as the multi-hundred thousand dollar Le Mans class 991 Porsches took each other out, attacked Opossums and exploded crankcases. It wasn’t a great day for Porsche at a track where the company has had an impressive string of successes. So, today I decided to take a look at two racing Porsches as an homage to their first rate engineering, their enduring appeal and incredible performance:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on eBay…
Last fall, Paul wrote up a Jagermeister-livery Cayman S Interseries that reminded us how great these Caymans can look, and what a great deal they are relative to some of the newer 911 race cars. The Cayman S offers most of the performance of the 911 in a more affordable package, and that was topped by the introduction of the classic Porsche racing liveries, such as Martini Racing and Jagermeister. Today’s example is a bit newer than the previous example we looked at; a 2011 model with some Martini/Salzburg inspired graphics. To me, it looks great:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 Porsche Cayman S Interseries on eBay…
Recently we’ve had some posts focusing on how much Porsche you could get for a small amount of money ; and while those recent posts have focused on older models, for some people that want a special car that can also function as a daily driver looking at older cars is not a reality. Luckily for those people, there are options that offer both reliability, practicality and a lower entry price into a special car. Such is the case with today’s 2007 Cayman, which looks splendid in classic Midnight Blue Metallic over tan leather:
Engine: 2.7 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 61,000 mi
Price: $ 23,800 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Porsche Cayman on eBay
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The distinction that separates a true sport luxury vehicle from a basic sport vehicle is the merging of true sport performance without compromising the refinement and class of a luxury vehicle. This vehicle is the essence of luxury, style, execution and performance.
THIS CAYMAN IS IN GOOD CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT FOR ITS YEAR AND MILEAGE. IT HAS ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES THAT COME STANDARD WITH THIS 2007 CAYMAN COUPE. BELOW IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE OPTIONS THIS VEHICLE IS EQUIPPED WITH:
ALL BOOKS & MANUALS
AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL
MIDNIGHT BLUE ON SAND BEIGE LEATHER
REAR POWER SPOILER
FACTORY 18-INCH SPORT ALLOY WHEELS
2.7L H6 245 HORSEPOWER ENGINE!
The Porsche Cayman always gets a bit of a bad rap as the Porsche for those who can’t afford a 911. To be honest, there’s a lot to like about this mid-engined sports coupe, most notably its on-track performance. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by track day enthusiasts and professional racers. Want proof? How about this 2009 Cayman S for sale in Ohio replete with Jägermeister livery.
Model: Cayman S Interseries
Engine: 3.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 5,500 miles
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Porsche Cayman Interseries on Rennlist
Considering a new track car, therefore:
2009 Cayman Interseries car built by Napleton Porsche for sale:
•Full Roll Cage with NASCAR-style door beams painted to match body color
•Custom Window net
•SFI-spec roll bar padding
•OMP HTE driver seat. No passenger seat.
•Schroth 5-point quick release harness
•Remote on–board fire system with 8 nozzles
•Electrical cut-off switch
•OMP steering wheel with adapter
•Quick release hub & roll bar hook
•Cayman Interseries Front splitter and GT3-style adjustable rear spoiler and base painted body color
•PSM manual cut-off switch mounted in carbon fiber center panel
•JRZ Pro adjustable remote reservoir shocks
•Fully adjustable Cayman Interseries spec front and rear sway bars with heim-joint drop links
•Hypercoil springs with helpers
•Solid spherical bearing upper shock mounting plates front and rear
•StopTech six-piston Cayman Interseries designed front calipers
•StopTech full floating front rotors with aluminum hats
•Performance Friction Cayman Interseries brake pads front and rear
•GRAND-AM GT-spec wheel studs and nuts
•Goodridge Stainless steel brake lines
•Porsche GT3 two -piece lower control arms front and rear with monoball bearings and adjustment shims
•Solid front and rear control arm bushings
•Adjustable front thrust/caster bars
•Spherical bearing tie rods with bump steer ends
•Rear toe links with bump steer adapters
•Porsche GT3 front-brake ducts
•NACA-style rear brake ducts and hoses
•Cayman Interseries-developed ECU flash for PCM, ABS and engine mapping
•Special JET HOT coated Cayman Interseries race exhaust system
•Additional center radiator, ducts, bracket and hoses
•Transmission oil cooler
•Weldon electric transmission oil pump
•Guard GT race limited slip with chrome-moly housing
•AIM Pista data recording dash
•Jager Orange paint and decal package
•Two sets BBS wheels
•Brand new clutch and RRS flywheel
•3M paint protection
If you want to hit the track in a Porsche, there are many ways to do it. You can buy an old 911, spend a ton of money modifying it and keeping it running. You can buy an even older 911, spend a ton of money modifying it, and even more keeping it running. But if you want a great handling, well set up flat-6 car that’s both competitive and easy on the wallet – in Porsche terms – is to look towards the Cayman. I instructed a friend with a Cayman S a few years ago at Monticello and got a chance to drive his then-new PDK Cayman S back to back with another friend’s track-biased Lotus Elise.
In the twisties, the Cayman didn’t have the go-cart feel of the Lotus for sure, but considering it completely stock, it wasn’t far off and it sure pulled harder on the straights! It was also much more forgiving and less-pucker inspiring than the Lotus; I’ve driven that particular Lotus on several occasions at several different tracks, and while it never got out of shape much at all during my drives the spinning top image was never far from my mind. When I drove the Porsche, that image couldn’t have been farther from my head – it was rock solid and confidence inspiring. Now a few years on, the Cayman has become a very popular race option and today’s example has been fully kitted for the track:
Model: Cayman S
Engine: 3.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 39,000 mi
Price: $56,500 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Porsche Cayman S on eBay
2006 Porsche Cayman S, Currently set up for PCA H Stock (with PCA logbook) but could easily run SCCA I Prepared, ITC, SCCA, NASA or even Grand Am with minor changes.