By Dave Stall
I have said this more time than I can count! “If you’re not smiling in what you’re driving get a different car!” The two cars chosen for this article are all about drivi8ng and having fun.
Starting out with the 2013 Porsche Cayman S you will see a lot of Porsche styling in this car, inside and out. You will see the traditional ignition key still on the left side of the steering wheel, which harkens back to days of Le Mans and the running start. The Cayman comes in two models, the Cayman and the Cayman S; the S comes with a six-cylinder engine that produces 325 horsepower and 273 foot pound of torque. There are two transmissions available, a 6-speed with dual-mass flywheel and self-adjusting clutch and the 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK).
Top track speed with the manual transmission is 175 and the PDK loses one mile per hour, 174. Here are just a few standard features you get, 8 J x 19-inch Cayman S alloy wheels with 235/40 ZR 19 performance summer tires at front, 9.5 J x 19-inch Cayman S alloy wheels with 265/40 ZR 19 performance summer tires at rear.
Standard lightweight spring-strut suspension, front and rear stabilizers, Aluminum structure providing rear-end rigidity, enhanced Porsche Stability Management (PSM) with ABS, ASR, ABD and EDTC as well as pre-filling of brake system and brake assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), tire sealing compound and electric compressor, electromechanical power steering with variable steering ratio. Here are a few optional features you may chose, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Sport Chrono Package, Sport Chrono Package i.c.w. PCM and Power Steering Plus. Go to the website and build your own! www.porsche.com Price: $63,800 plus tax and license.
Now the Lotus S, starting with the standard 3.5 liter DOHC V6 VVTi 24-valve with 6 speed manual transmission that will do 0-60 mph 4.8 seconds and with a max speed 163mph. But if you like paddle-shifting Lotus has a unique system, 6 speed IPS AUTOMATIC Intelligent Precision Shift (IPS) represents the latest Evora gearbox option, an automatic with the Lotus Evora transmission control. Select ‘Drive’ mode for smooth and relaxed automatic shifting or for spirited driving engage the steering wheel mounted paddles for fingertip control.
Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) adds to the Evora‘s safety features by offering extra stability when the high levels of grip are exceeded. A selectable Sport mode takes DPM one-step further, allowing the driver to safely explore the limits even more. The Lotus is a blast to drive as much as the Porsche Cayman, I feel if I had to choose which one would live in my garage I would have to pick the Lotus. Supple, leather sports seats provide increased comfort, whilst giving the support needed by the more spirited driver. The optional 2+2 layout provides additional flexibility. The Evora is a Lotus sports car designed to take you further, for longer, and in greater comfort than before. Base price for the 2013 Lotus Evora S with a six-speed manual is priced at $78,600 plus tax and license and destination charge.
I have driven both cars on the racetrack and the city streets and I feel the Lotus edges out the Porsche at least in my mind. Both manufacturers have race versions of these cars if you so desire, they both have extensive option list (More than I can fit in this space), they both have comprehensive driving schools so for you to choose will have to be your own decision, I made mine! What is yours?