Road Tests Real world tests of Cayman S vs 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

0-60mph

Top speed

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Porsche Cayman S

Reasons to consider the
Porsche Cayman S

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Slightly lighter curb weight 2,977 lb vs 3,186 lb More than 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Front view of Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

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A lot faster in the quarter mile 12 s vs 13.7 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
A lot faster to 60mph 3.7 s vs 5.2 s Around 30% faster to 60mph
Way more expensive sticker price $106k vs $61k Around 75% more expensive harder to own
Faster top speed 185 mph vs 172 mph 13 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 400 HP @ 7,400 RPM vs 315 HP @ 7,200 RPM More than 25% stronger engine
More torque 325 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM vs 273 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM Around 20% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Better power-to-weight ratio 7.96 lb/hp vs 9.45 lb/hp More than 15% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Cayman S  vs
911 Carrera 4S Coupé 
Brand Porsche Porsche
Price 60,995 105,630
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2009 2012
City mileage 20 MPG 19 MPG
Highway mileage 29 MPG 26 MPG

transmission

Drivetrain RWD AWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7

engine

Displacement 3,436 cc 3,800 cc
Cylinders Flat 6 Flat 6
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Cayman S  vs
911 Carrera 4S Coupé 
Top speed 172 mph 185 mph
1/4 mile 13.7 s 12 s
0-60mph 5.2 s 3.7 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.45 lb/hp 7.96 lb/hp
Maximum hp 315 HP @ 7,200 RPM 400 HP @ 7,400 RPM
Maximum torque 273 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM 325 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,977 lb 3,186 lb
Width 70.9 in 72.9 in
Height 51.3 in 51 in
Length 172.3 in 176.8 in
Wheelbase 95.1 in 96.5 in
Porsche Cayman S
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Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé
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