Question: Porsche 911 S or Cayman S, which would you rather?
Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe gets behind the wheel of the almost all-new Porsche Cayman S and he likes it, a lot. In fact, he calls it, “Mind-boggling-ly brilliant.” What’s not to like, really? It’s lighter and 40% stiffer than its predecessor, which was already one of the best handling cars of all time. The engine is a carry -over but it gets a slight bump in output to 320 horsepower and when mated to Porsche’s PDK transmission, the new Cayman really does sound like the perfect sports car. Which brings me back to my question: 911 or Cayman? Steve admits he’d have the Cayman and I’d have one too, if I were still living in Milan. That’s not to say for the congested, urban driving. Rather, if I could re-do all the motorcycle trips I’ve done throughout Italy, I can’t think of a better car to use than the Cayman. Its size, useable power and neutral handling would be an absolute delight on those tight, twisty roads.
Quick note on the new steering: The steering is now electronic, which means it’s steer-by-wire, which means sensors detect steering input and software translates that to a mechanism that turns the wheels, which means there’s no mechanical linkage between the wheels and the steering wheel, like a steering column, which means you don’t get direct feedback from the wheels through to the steering wheel, which means it lacks “feel.” The new 911 also uses “e-steering”.