Porsche 911 VS. Porsche Cayman

We’re taking a look at Porsche’s tried and true 911 vs the Cayman to see which vehicle will reign as Porsche’s ultimate sports car. We’re gathering opinions from some guys who know sports cars best, including Patrick Hong of Road & Track magazine, Shinoo Mapleton of Sector 111, and James Sofronas of Global Motorsports Group. Including exclusive footage of both vehicles on the race track and in the shop, you’ll get the a complete look at the differences between these two beasts.

Will the Porsche 911 Turbo retain it’s spot as the leader of Porsche’s sports car pack? Or will the Cayman inherit the spot as the leader of Porsche’s sport’s car line.

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18 responses to “Porsche 911 VS. Porsche Cayman”

  1. Anonymous says:

    very correct!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    fact still remains…a front engine or rear engine car is more “every day” practical than a mid-engine. Mid engine is for sports cars period. And the 911 is what?…the best every day sports car. 911 rear engine is here to stay. You will likely never see a mid-engine 911. The elements of the brand are too strong to dissolve. And it’s with good reason why the 911 and it’s rear engine destroy front and mid-engine cars, especially in a straight line. 911 will forever be rear-engine..rightfully!

  4. Anonymous says:

    If I won the lottery tomorrow, one of the very first things I’d buy would be a Cayman S. 911’s are awesome cars, but a Cayman is IMHO better looking. It’s also still a PORSCHE, so how much could one really be giving up? Plus, as relatively easy as it’s been to ring around 250bhp out of my 1.8t GTI, I’m sure it wouldn’t be all that hard to make Cayman put out considerably more power. Besides, I could live with having a 911 going by me as I’m going by 90% of the other cars on the road.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have the Cayman s with Capristo exhaust and a reflashed ecu 45 more HP at 6.000 rpm having no problem going around 911s on or off the track ! Driving both cars you feel more confined in the handling of the 911 over the Cayman , try it , then you will know !

  6. Anonymous says:

    What the hell is this “expert” talking about. It is a known “fact” in the porsche community that the 911 (atleast the 996) doesnt have as good handling than the cayman. But the cayman is underpowered in comparison. And you cant say that I pick a car because of its history when you are comparing a old car line with a almost new one.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Well at least I know little math the current cayman S is about 62K+ the new 918 is more like 500K plus. 80K Cayman with 3.8L 400 motor would be a car one I would buy.

  8. Anonymous says:

    you’re smart the 400 hp cayman you mention is actually the upcoming 918

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  10. Anonymous says:

    t IIJO

  11. Anonymous says:

    Until Porsche drops a 3.8 400hp + motor in the a Cayman we are all bench racing.  The Cayman is lighter and smaller which will hurt it’s high speed stability and the way the 911 lays down the power out of corners because of it’s RR layout still has it’s advantages.

  12. Anonymous says:

    can you imagine a inline6, mid engine Corvette? end of the story.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Porsche’s Carrera GT supercar was a midengine and their upcoming 918 will be a midengine layout as well. That’s how they design their top performers from scratch, which is the point of the comparison in my eyes. Equal powertrain & equipment; cayman > 911

    Porsche’s financial success is heavily placed on the shoulders of tradition and prestige, largely derived from the 911. IMO, it’s unorthodox layout is one of the alluring qualities – who else but Porsche could design such an incredible machine?

  14. Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand this debate at all. The 911 equals or betters ALL challengers, so how is it held back? If you want a Cayman with 911 power, why has no one built one? Ferrari has stifled their cars in the same way, but no debate there. Their flagship cars carry a traditional front-mounted V12, but their racing success comes from their mid-mounted V8. But Ferrari won’t combine the two (unless you count the limited production F50). I don’t see how anyone could say Porsche’s cars are stifled.

  15. Anonymous says:

    As good a car as the 911 is, it has one major, glaring design flaw – the engine placement. Porsche has spent the 911’s entire lifecycle making incremental corrections to remedy that. The Cayman is deliberately kept at a lower power/price point so as to not interfere. A Cayman (or Boxster) with the power of a 911 would be perhaps the perfect sports car. So really, the Cayman/Boxster is the better car, but the iconic nature of the 911 precludes that. Here, Porsche is stifled by its own history.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Everyone knows the cayman is the better sports car out of the two although the 911 will beat it round a track purely due to higher performance parts. If Porsche spent the same time on the cayman/boxter as they did with the 911 then obviously they would completely out perform the 911.
    However Porsche will never do this as all the cars they make play a role within the manufacturers line up. However what we will see is the 911 become mid-engined in the future.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I would probably chose a Cayman as a better sports car. It is a real shame that the Cayman will never get the power it truly deserves. If they developed a Cayman with power on terms of a GT3 or even a turbo engine like a GT2 RS or Turbo S that would be truly amazing car, but that will never happen. I would definitely take a Cayman over most 911s unless it is a Carrera GTS or higher in performance. Great video by the way. You asked great questions to the right people.

  18. Anonymous says:

    if the 911 was created by the late Butzi Porsche, who develop the mid-engine Porsche years ago?

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