Today, in unnecessary car shopping with E90M3, we find a mid-engine Porsche. I’ve driven a couple of 911s before, but never the 911's cheaper sibling, the Cayman. I’ve been told that I should take one for a drive, and seeing as there is a Porsche dealer less than 10 minutes from my apartment with a manual Cayman, I figured today would be a good day to take one for a test drive.
To start, I would like to talk about the clutch. On other Porsches, I’ve found the clutch to brutally heavy, unnecessarily heavy. The clutch in the 2015 Cayman I drove was heavy, but not so heavy it was painful to use or hold in. It was a good weight, a little heavier than the ones in my BMWs, but it was fine. I don’t know how people DD manual 911s, this I could sit in traffic and not need physical therapy to recover.
While we’re on the subject of changing gears, I think the shifter was about perfect. The throws seemed short, but not so short that I couldn’t tell one gear from another. It was about perfect. Some of the 911s I’ve driven have had a lot looser shifter; I was not impressed. It could be due to their age, but this is what I was expecting from Porsche.
Once again, the steering was fantastic. It wasn’t as heavy as the 997 911 I drove, but it was still heavy enough to give a nice confidence when going through corners. There was a road near the dealer with some good curves on it and on that road it felt sublime. After the drive I took my M3 on the same road and might have gone a little faster as I feel a lot more comfortable in the M3, since I’ve had it for almost 4 years now.
I didn’t really play around with anything else. I really just wanted to focus on the drive itself.
I’ve learned that one day I’m going to get a Porsche. These are fantastic cars. Only problem is that I don’t want to ditch the M3, so looks like it’s going to be a while from now.