Fuel consumption* Cayman: Urban in l/100 km (mpg) 12.2 (23.2)-10.6 (26.6); Extra urban in l/100 km (mpg) 6.9 (40.9)-5.9 (47.9); Combined in l/100 km (mpg) 8.8 (32.1)-7.7 (36.7); CO2 emissions in g/km 206-180.
Of course, you could let us take care of the gearshift strategy so that you can devote all your attention to your cornering strategy.
Available as an option is the completely retuned 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), featuring both manual and automatic modes. The advantages are perceptible. Gear changes take place with no interruption in the flow of power. Sharper gearshift programs and significantly shorter shift times produce faster acceleration than with the manual gearbox. Fuel economy and comfort characteristics have also been optimised. In response to a less assertive driving style, shift points are recalculated to make use of the more comfortable and more economical engine speed ranges, and coasting mode is activated where possible.
This is how PDK works: PDK is essentially two gearboxes in one, thus requiring two clutches. This double clutch arrangement provides an alternating, non-positive connection between the two half gearboxes and the engine by means of two separate input shafts. The flow of power from the engine is transmitted through one half gearbox and one clutch at a time, while the next gear is preselected in the second half gearbox. During a gear change, therefore, one clutch simply opens and the other closes at the same time, enabling gear changes to take place within milliseconds.
PDK has seven forward gears at its disposal. Gears 1 to 6 have a sports ratio and top speed is reached in sixth gear. Seventh gear has a long ratio and keeps engine speed low to reduce fuel consumption and improve comfort.
With the SPORT button selected, the full advantages of the PDK are brought into play: a more immediate response to throttle inputs, relatively short shift times and swift throttle-blip downshifts on overrun, such as during braking into a corner, and always accompanied by an emotive engine sound.
With the optional Sport Chrono Package, PDK is enhanced by ‘Launch Control’ and the ‘motorsport-derived gearshift strategy’ for even faster and firmer gear changes and best possible performance, thanks to a boost in torque during up-shift phases. Overrun downshifts provide extremely sporty braking and acceleration for added excitement.
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* The latest Porsche models are designed to operate on fuels with an ethanol content of up to 10%. Data determined for standard specification and in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) in accordance with the Euro 5 (715/2007/EC and 692/2008/EC) measurement method. The figures do not refer to an individual vehicle nor do they constitute part of the offer. They are intended solely as a means of comparing different types of vehicle. You can obtain further information about individual vehicles from your Porsche Centre.
Consumption figures were obtained on the basis of standard equipment. Special equipment may affect consumption and performance.