My week with the 911-rivalling Porsche Cayman GTS – part 1

With £55,397 in your bank, there are a number of interesting Porsche 911s within your budget. From classic icons such as the 3.2 Carrera to more modern heroes like the 997 Carrera 4S Gen2s (and even a 997 Turbo with Porsche warranty), there are a wealth of second-hand Porsches available sub £55,000.

However, if you wanted a brand new Porsche 911, you’d come up short. £18,112 short, to be precise. The entry-level Porsche 991 Carrera hits your wallet to the tune of £73,509, making it the most expensive first step on the 911 ever.

Of course, if you do want a brand new Porsche sports car with the 991 Carrera’s 3.4-litre DFI flat six behind you, there is the Cayman GTS, a car currently atop Zuffenhausen’s 981-generation tree (though soon to be usurped by the eagerly anticipated GT4 version).

Josh will have to cope with just three dials in the Cayman GTS over the next seven days.
Josh will have to cope with just three dials in the Cayman GTS over the next seven days.

Last year, I was lucky enough to drive the then-new Porsche Cayman GTS on track and road in Germany. It immediately made a huge impression on me (despite only being at its wheel for a few hours).

Yesterday, thanks to Porsche GB, I went to pick up a similar Sapphire Blue Cayman GTS for a week-long test of the mid-engined Porsche’s prowess and day-to-day usability to see if, over seven days, it still remained an in-house 911 rival.

Throughout this week, I’ll be peppering Total911.com with my findings. For now though, you’ll just have to be satisfied with this video of the car (a lovely six-speed manual) launching off the line. Enjoy:

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