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Why you should buy this car: The Cayman S is the world s safest, best handling sports car.

Why you shouldn t buy this car: The Cayman S is not quite sexy enough to win your heart and not nearly enough powerful enough to exploit its inherent capabilities. Corvette s significantly faster and identically priced (once options are factored in) Z06 and BMW s forthcoming M Roadster are worthy alternatives.

Suitability Parameters:
¡ Speed Merchants: Yes
¡ Fashion Victims: Yes
¡ Treehuggers: No
¡ Mack Daddies: No
¡ Tuner Crowd: Yes
¡ Hairdressers: Yes
¡ Penny Pinchers: No
¡ Euro Snobs: Yes
¡ Working Stiffs: No
¡ Technogeeks: No
¡ Poseurs: Yes
¡ Soccer Moms: No
¡ Nascar Dads: No
¡ Golfing Grandparents: No

Vitals:
¡ Manufacturer: Porsche
¡ Model tested: Cayman S
¡ Model year: 2006
¡ Price as Tested: $69,910
¡ Engine type: 3.4-liter flat-6, aluminum block and heads
¡ Horsepower: 295hp @ 6250 rpm
¡ Torque: 250 ft. lbs. @ 4400 - 6000 rpm
¡ Redline: 7200 rpm
¡ Wheels and Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport PS2; F: 235/35ZR-19 (87Y), R: 265/35ZR-19 (94Y)
¡ Drive type: rear-wheel-drive
¡ 0 - 60: 5.1 secs.
¡ 1/4 mile: 13.4 secs. @ 105 mph
¡ Top speed: 171 mph
¡ Fuel economy city/highway: 15/30
¡ NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: NYR

[by Robert Farago]

Related:
Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Porsche Cayman S, Part 1, Part 2 [internal]