A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Porsche Cayman

The 2012 Porsche Cayman is a compact sports car designed to deliver a full dose of adrenaline every time you slide into the cockpit. Streamlined and powerful, it also delivers the precise handling that has made Porsche such a powerhouse in the exotic sports car segment for decades.

Key Features

While not technically a “feature”, the mounting location of the engine certainly plays a huge role in the handling (and the performance) of this powerful car. It’s a mid-mount setup, which means that you get the best distribution of weight and power with no drawbacks (other than a reduction in seating capacity). The transmission is also a big high point here – it’s a 6-speed manual and delivers a visceral driving experience.

Changes for This Model Year

The only change for the new model year was the introduction of two new trims – the Cayman R and the Cayman S Black Edition.

What We Like

Really, what’s not to like about the 2012 Porsche Cayman? With three different models to choose from, all at different price points and with different performance characteristics, everyone should be able to find one that fits their needs. We do love the handling capabilities of this sports car, as well as the raw power of the engines.

What Concerns Us

The most pressing concern with the 2012 Porsche Cayman is the tininess of the cabin. Cramped is putting it mildly. Of course, the car’s price tag is very high, but if you’re considering a Porsche to begin with, that likely won’t be too much of a holdback. We’re also not particularly thrilled with the cost involved with some of the extras.

Available Models

There are four trim options available:

  • Base: 2.9-liter flat 6 with 265 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque (19/27 mpg)
  • S: 3.4-liter flat 6 with 320 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque (19/26 mpg)
  • S Black Edition: The same engine as the S, but with 330 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque (19/27 mpg)
  • R: The same engine, hp and torque as the S Black Edition

Major Recalls

One recall has been issued for the 2012 Porsche Cayman. It applies to a seat belt anchor plate mounting hole. In some instances, the hole is too small for the bolt and won’t allow the anchor plate to rotate. This reduces the effectiveness of the seat belt.

Common Issues

The only complaint about any of the 2012 Porsche Cayman models is the lack of space in the cabin.

Porsche Cayman 2012 interior


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