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Porsche Cayman coupe (2013-2016) - Interior & comfort

There’s plenty of space for two in the Porsche Cayman, while the driving position is also excellent thanks to a wide range of adjustment

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Ride quality in the Cayman is firm but not uncomfortable and you can choose an adjustable suspension system that lets you make the car softer or firmer depending on how you want to drive.

At a steady cruise, the Cayman’s interior is surprisingly relaxed, with little wind or road noise to upset you on long journey. It scores points over the convertible Porsche Boxster in this respect.

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The GTS model has adjustable suspension as standard, but is also available with sports suspension, which lowers the ride height by 10mm compared to the adjustable system and 20mm compared to the basic setup on the standard Cayman.

The sports suspension is very firm and while keen drivers will be able to live with it, the adjustable system is more comfortable. If you plan to take your GTS on track regularly, you'll want the sports suspension, but otherwise you're better off with the standard adjustable system.

The Cayman GT4 borrows a number of suspension components from the Porsche 911 GT3 to enhance on-track performance and the ride is very firm, even with the adapative dampers in Normal mode.

Porsche Cayman dashboard

The layout has plenty of traditional Porsche touches, including overlapping dials on the dash and banks of buttons flanking the gearlever, as well as high-quality plastic and metal trim. The layout takes a bit of getting used to – especially the rather vague climate controls – but there’s no faulting the driving position.

The GT4 has a smaller steering wheel, carbon fibre bucket seats, fabric door pulls and race-car inspired interior but still retains comforts like air-conditioning, sat-nav and digital radio.

Equipment

The four different models of Cayman have varying amounts of standard equipment. The basic Cayman comes with sports seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and air-conditioning. The Cayman S comes with extras such as bright bi-xenon lights and bigger alloy wheels, while the Cayman GTS has a bodykit, upgraded seats and interior, plus Porsche’s active suspension setup (PASM). The GT4 has a number of design touches that reflect its extreme nature, including 20-inch alloy wheels, bucket seats and a fixed rear wing.

Options

The options list for the Cayman is long and the cost of the car can easily skyrocket when you tick a few boxes. For example, some of the optional alloy wheel choices and upgraded interiors come to more than £2,000 each. The Porsche Communication Management system (which includes sat nav) is over £2,000 and even Bluetooth isn’t included as standard. Parking sensors and cruise control are also extra.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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