The car isn’t breathtakingly fast, but every bit as quick as a sports car intended to be driven on the road in 2014 needs to be – and rowing your way up and down the box for sharper corners and overtakes only makes the driving experience more vivid.
Move off and you’ll instinctively feed drive in just-so, because the engine’s modest low-rpm torque won’t bother the clutch and because there’s such precision about everything the Cayman does. Ride quality is firm, never harsh. In the Cayman, almost every one is soaked up at each corner.
Lateral body control is awesome. There’s the merest smidge of roll, just to work the outside contact patches and let you know much grip you’ve got left. But steering response and precision are phenomenal, and balance of grip likewise.
Longitudinal body control’s slightly softer, but only because it can be. The Cayman’s mid-engined configuration keeps effortless control of pitch and dive, so the car can afford to be a bit supple over vertical undulations, making for a comfy motorway ride. It certainly isn’t so soft that it fails to transfer its weight smartly as you play with the pedals – and thusly to give you and endless source of entertainment and adjustability of cornering attitude through the bends.
What you end up with is an almost unimprovable driver’s car. Stable, assured and sharp as a tack at high speeds. Utterly planted the moment you sink the accelerator. But more playful when your driving style demands it; when the rear axle’s deliberately unloaded on turn-in, and the PSM stability control’s disengaged. It's not a car for bullying into a slide with the accelerator – and you’ll end up liking it even more because of that.
The GTS’ effectively ends the debate. Unless you’re going to spend at least double the money, the Cayman GTS is the greatest sporting machine you’ll find for balanced mix of road- and track-based entertainment. If you’re bothered that it’s too slow, too small, too weedy-looking or ‘only’ a Cayman, you’re missing the point entirely. This car really is that good to drive.
When driving on the Nordschleife for the first time you quickly realize that power is not the most important thing. Track knowledge is. The 73 corners will challenge even the most prepared driver so bringing a guide along on the first lap is highly recommended. 95% of all accidents are solo accidents which means that people exceed their Nordschleife capabilities.
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