2022 Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 Extended Road Test: Introduction

The very first day our new Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 entered long-term service, it snowed. strongly. Six inches of powder, kind skiers live for, piled atop a crust of ice from a blast of freezing rain that had arrived in Michigan earlier in the day. Welcome to your new home, Cayman!

Why would we subject such a nice car to such harsh weather? Because we praise Porsches to be everyday sports cars. Testing that belief requires living with one of our Stuttgart favorites – we know, tough duty – long enough to experience it in a multiplicity of driving situations. A Cayman owner in Los Angeles might decide to take his car to Big Bear for skiing; a Michigander might want to do a bit of sliding on a snowy day. We happen to know that a former CD the editor bought a new 911 a few years ago and started using it as a daily driver in the winter.

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It wasn’t the six-inch snow that buried our GTS the first day it went into service. It was the two inch snow that fell on it a few nights later.

rich cepposCar and driver

So, as we do with all of our long-term test cars, we fitted the Cayman with winter tires when it came to the end of winter and ran it in. We’ll keep it around long enough to rack up 40,000 miles over all four seasons. and learn things about it that a short stay could never reveal. We’ll take her on a trip across the country and head to the local grocery store to pick up a dozen eggs. There we will lean heavily on the two gnarled paths. We will take it to the dealership for service. And we’ll save every penny spent on maintenance, fuel and repairs.

Snow or no snow, our Cayman won’t stay parked for long periods of time, and for good reason: it’s the driver’s car par excellence. After all, the Cayman has earned a spot on our 2022 10 Best list – its 16th consecutive year – for its “shimmering combination of poise, grace and courage.”

Michel SimariCar and driver

Our new Caiman arrived well dressed for his stay with CDs warm footed driver staff. It wears a soft and understated coat of metallic green Aventurine paint, much better than the arrest me red. It’s the GTS 4.0, after all, that’s Porsche-speak for “racy.” It’s powered by a mid-mounted naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six that develops 394 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 309 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.

If that power curve looks sharp, you’re right. That engine gets a big jolt of caffeine at around 4000rpm – typical behavior of an unboosted Porsche engine – and it fills the intimate cockpit with an exquisite baritone groan as the revs hit the 7800rpm redline. min. As if we needed more incentives to go fast. We opted for the six-speed manual, of course, and the chunky shifter navigates the Cayman’s tight doors with precision and delicacy.

Michel SimariCar and driver

Yes, Porsche’s brilliant seven-speed dual-clutch automatic would shave a few tenths of a second off acceleration times, but early instrumented testing of our manual-equipped long-termer (conducted after easing it during its period of 2000 mile break-in), confirmed that it’s quite fast. It’s not the easiest car to launch – it doesn’t like its clutch slipping off the line – but it still managed a 3.9 second run at 60 mph and galloped over the quarter of mile in 12.1 seconds at 118 mph. It also circled our skidpad at 1.03g and stopped at 70 mph in 145 feet. That’s an appropriate performance for a car with a Porsche badge and $99,070 window sticker.

Ninety-nine big is a lot of money, and our long-term is actually lightly geared up for a Porsche. Our test car (base price: $88,750) has $10,320 in extras, a mere pinch by Porsche standards. The list includes special green paint ($650), rich Espresso leather applied to most interior surfaces ($3680) and ventilated seats ($740). We also added a Bose Surround Sound audio system ($900), brushed aluminum interior trim ($900) and gloss black painted brake calipers ($900). Wait a minute: plain black brake calipers for $900? Yes, it is a Porsche. At least Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), i.e. adaptive dampers, is standard with Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires, size 235/35ZR-20 at the front and 265/35ZR -20 rear.

Michel SimariCar and driver

So now it’s on to the drive, 40,000 miles worth. We expect to bask in the Cayman’s smooth, intuitive steering; sharp and powerful brakes; and a bold flat-six every time we get behind the three-spoke steering wheel. What we can’t be sure of, but hope to learn, is whether that special driving character is matched with an equal measure of reliability in every season and situation. We’ll report back soon enough, with updates on how the Cayman stress test is going every 10,000 miles.

Month in the fleet: 1 month Current mileage: 3845 miles
Average fuel consumption: 20 mpg
Fuel tank size: 16.9 gallon Observed fuel range: 330 miles
Service: $0 Normal wear: $0 Repair: $0

Characteristics

Characteristics

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0
Vehicle Type: Mid-Engine, Rear-Wheel Drive, 2-Passenger Coupe, 2-Door

THE PRICE
Base/as tested: $88,750/$99,070
Options: Express leather interior and seats, $3,680; Porsche Dynamic LED headlights, $1180; Bose speakers $990; black brake calipers, $900; black brushed aluminum interior trim, $900; ventilated seats, $740; passive entry, $680; Aventurine Green Metallic Paint, $650; Satin platinum painted wheels, $600

MOTOR
DOHC 24-valve boxer-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 244″33996cm3
Power: 394 hp at 7,000 rpm
Torque: 309 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
6-speed manual

FRAME
Suspension, front/rear: struts/struts
Brakes, front/rear: 13.8″ vented disc/13.0″ vented perforated disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
F: 235/35ZR-20 (88Y) N1
R: 265/35ZR-20 (95Y) N1

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 97.4″
Length: 173.4″
Width: 70.9″
Height: 50.2″
Passenger volume: 49 feet3
Cargo volume, front/rear: 5/10 ft3
Empty weight: 3185 lbs.

CD TEST RESULTS: NEW
100 km/h: 3.9 sec
100 mph: 8.8 sec
1/4 mile: 12.1 sec at 118 mph
210 km/h: 14.7 sec
240 km/h: 21.2 sec
The results above omit a 1 foot rollout of 0.2 s.
Rolling start, 5-100 mph: 4.6 sec
Top speed, 30-50 mph: 6.2 sec
Top speed, 50-70 mph: 6.0 sec
Top speed (manufacturer claim): 182 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 145 feet
Braking, 100–0 mph: 296 ft
Handling, 300 ft ski slope: 1.03 g

CD FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 20 mpg
Unscheduled oil additions: 0 qt

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 19/17/24 mpg

GUARANTEE
4 years/50,000 miles bumper to bumper
4 years/50,000 miles
12 year/unlimited kilometer corrosion protection
4 years/50,000 miles roadside assistance
1 year/10,000 miles scheduled maintenance

CD THE TESTS EXPLAINED


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