Which Generation Of Porsche Cayman Is The Best?

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The Porsche Cayman has long been one of the best sports cars on sale but which generation is the best? YouTube channel EverydayDriver recently set out to answer that question.

While the Boxster/Cayman twins have been built in four different generations, only the second-gen (987), third-gen (981), and fourth-gen (982), are featured in this video. The 987 model tested is the desirable Cayman R model while the 981 and 982 Caymans were both GTS models.

The Porsche Cayman R is perhaps the most intriguing of the three models tested. Introduced in 2011 and based on the Cayman S, the R left the factory with a 3.4-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six engine producing 326 hp at 7,400 rpm and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque at 4,750 rpm, allowing it to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in roughly 5 seconds with the manual transmission and 4.4 seconds with the PDK.

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These reviewers are particularly fond of the Cayman R. In fact, they both rank it as the best car of the three thanks to the amazing driving experience that it provides.

Compared to the Cayman R, the 981-gen GTS is said to feel much larger and more refined. It is also a touch more powerful with 335 hp at 7,400 rpm and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm). Additionally, it is easily the best-sounding car of the trio. Whereas the R and 981 GTS both feature naturally-aspirated flat-six engines, the 982 GTS features a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 359 hp and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm).

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