When you're looking at it across a parking lot, the 2014 Porsche Cayman S is a lovely creature. All the bulk isn't shoved to the rear, as it is with a 911; instead, it's a well-proportioned silhouette that looks fast, if nothing else. But some of its neatest qualities aren't easy to spot from 50 feet away. Instead, we have to look closer to find some of the most interesting parts of the car.
Let's start with the brakes, since I'm already outside the car and that's how these photos are arranged in iPhoto. No, Porsche isn't putting holes in its brake rotors so that it can charge you more for complete ones. These are precision-drilled holes in specific locations, and they serve a purpose – these holes help dissipate heat, which is the enemy of good braking. I'm sure there's some case to be made about reducing unsprung weight, as well, but the weight loss is negligible.
The parking sensor locations are also quite interesting. In the front, the outermost parking sensors are tucked away, underneath the fog lamps. Clearly, Porsche realizes that parking sensors are a little bit of an eyesore, and so they've done their best to hide them without getting too crazy. This continues in the rear, where the parking sensors are hidden in a dark part of the fascia.
The mechanical workings required to lift and lower the rear wing are simply beautiful. If you have your own Cayman, do yourself a favor and keep that wing out. Being able to see that intricacy every day is worth it. However, I was a sissy and closed the wing before going through the auto-wash. Lord only knows where those open panels lead to — places I can't afford to fix, no doubt.
The Cayman is low, and since Porsche sells cars to more people than just the Lollipop Guild, it's angled the door handle so that it swings upward when pulled. It's a small change from opening outward, but again, the car is so low that it really helps the overall ergonomics.
Now that I'm inside the car, there are some really interesting things scattered about. First off, I'm impressed that Porsche (and other European manufacturers) have stuck to the notion that people will always smoke in cars, no matter how nice they are. They could have put a cupholder right past the switchgear on the center console, but no, it's an ashtray.
I also love the chronometer smack dab in the middle of the dashboard, just below the central locking button. The giant orange hand ticks off every individual second, giving it a track-focused feel. It'll even double as a lap timer. And, for you plebes, there's a digital readout as well.
The etching on the Burmester-branded premium stereo system is gorgeous. And for seven thousand dollars, it had better be easy on the eyes. Somehow, the system sounds even better than it looks. Why even go for the lower-tier Bose audio system? The Bose name isn't even written in cursive! How pedestrian.
I also appreciate Porsche's use of a traditional ignition cylinder to start the car. However, it uses a key that's shaped like a Panamera, and it most certainly doesn't look like it's going to fit, but it does. Porsche's managed to make the key a confusing thing. That's not an easy feat; but at least it hasn't tried to kill me. Yet.
However, if you want it painted the same color as the car, that's a $400 option.
If you were wondering where the cup holders were, since the ashtray is the only thing that even resembles a cup holder, don't fret, they're there. They're just hidden behind a little pop-down panel above the glove box. Two little arms swing out, and you can adjust the width of the cupholder itself. It's not exactly stout, but hey, you should be focused on driving, not drinking.
Finally, I turn to the front trunk (or, if you're Elon Musk, the frunk). In order to maximize available storage space, Porsche devised a clever method of hiding the Fix-A-Flat and jack. There are two panels towards the top of the frunk that pop out, and the tools are on the back sides of those panels. That way, you can access everything easily without losing space for the three grocery bags that will fit in the frunk. That's pretty frunking clever, if you ask me.
Republished (and slightly tweaked) with permission from Web2Carz.com. Or maybe it wasn't with permission. I don't know; I just do shit until they yell at me.