Priced at £52,950 at Porsche Centre Newcastle with just over 7,000 miles on the clock, this Cayman S is one special car. I remember booking it out and when, in the usual style, the spec sheet pinged into my inbox ahead of the car’s arrival my jaw dropped. First thought? Viper Green – cool! Working my way down the spec it was like a mental wishlist being checked off item by item. Ceramic brakes, manual gearbox (joy!) with short-shift upgrade, fixed bucket seats, sports exhaust, black 19-inch Carrera Sport alloys, limited-slip diff and more besides.
Not that I cared once I got to drive it. Truly one of those sublime, lovely cars that just transcends any ‘OMG’ about the price my week with the Viper Green Cayman S is up there with my all-time favourite press cars. More than one fellow hack who booked it out muttered “I’ll be keeping an eye open for that one when it’s de-fleeted…” and though the price was still pretty sturdy the new buyer can feel chuffed at bagging £27K’s worth of extras at Porsche GB’s expense.
Cayman R and, if you’re kicking yourself that you missed this beauty, there is at least consolation in the fact a brand new R at £51,728 is actually a little cheaper than the sticker price on this special S. There’s no escaping the fact that £2,365 worth of Viper Green paint does lend this car a special something though, Caymans always suiting strong, solid colours. It’s more arresting than the signature Peridot Metallic rolled out for the R too.
As ever when looking at fancier new Caymans there lurks the inevitable ‘what used 911 could I get for the same money…’ dilemma. One not helped by the fact 997 GT3s are just about within reach for this money…
This is by the by though. I can personally vouch for the fact that this very car is an absolute peach. And that Viper Green paintwork is appropriate given the envy I feel!
Porsche Cayman S
Engine: 3,346cc flat-6
Power (hp): 320@7,200rpm
Torque (lb ft): 272@4,750rpm
MPG: 29.7mpg (NEDC combined)
First registered: March 2010
Recorded mileage: 7,318
Price new: £71,954
Yours for: £52,950