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Afternoon joy with the Cayman GTS

Updated: Apr 5, 2020

I must say, I prejudged this Porsche improperly. With seats that hug you, a 6-speed manual transmission that keeps the driver entertained and not to forget the pops and bangs of the 3.4L flat-six that punches 340hp and 280lb-ft sitting directly behind you while dressed in one of Porsche's most iconic paint - Guards Red. It is one hell of a sports car.

As the owner courageously hands me the keys to give it a run down a flat countryside road, I did not expect to fall in love with it. I promised I would go gently on the car. Though, as I reached halfway through the road, it called me to stretch it a little more, and that is when I felt its true colors and completely changed my perception of it. It responded quickly while driving smoothly firm with its 20-inch Carrera S wheels painted in Satinmat. The clutch was effortless and comfortable, ideal for a day-to-day basis. In the meantime, gearing was slightly long when in 1st and 2nd, which gave me the convenience of going for that run using just the first two gears. A common trait on the Cayman GTS so common the owner provides his own experience with it,

"Nevertheless, at the autocross or track duty, the longer gears are much less of an issue. I can do every autocross circuit in 1st and 2nd gear. In my previous manual transmission cars like the S2000, R8 or M3, I would sometimes need 3rd plus those upshifts and downshifts between 2nd and 3rd would cost me some valuable time. Porsche also made the gearbox very natural to downshift into 1st at any RPM, which is the opposite of the R8, where the synchros would complain if you didn't get the shift done exactly right."

Let me advise you that no comfort was sacrificed to reach such excitement at any given moment. This very own Porsche tested is used on track days and shortly after taken to do the weekly groceries. Practicality is all over the place. Mind to tell you, the interior is also full of convenient gadgets, such as infotainment with Burmester High-end Surround Sound System, climate control plus everything else one might need. Not to mention the fantastic Leather interior with Alcantara Black smooth-fin, while wrapped around Porsche's incredible sports seats, keeping the driver and passenger safe and locked while closing you in with color-matched seat belts.

In conclusion, we believe the 2015 Cayman GTS is well-worth the six-figure price, which in today's world you could attain one for lower than that while still in shape. After all, it is not even a decade old. So if you are thinking of buying a fun, thrilling Porsche, while getting a decently big engine in opposite to today's Cayman GTS that comes with a 2.5L turbocharged flat-4, then, by all means, pull the trigger on this one.

We encourage you to.

Photos courtesy of Rafael Piccoli.

Special thanks to Nish G.

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