Will have to watch later Dave, always love seeing fast cars without crazy aero throwing down some surprises!
speaking of, whatcha racing? as i said, if PCA and spec boxster was a thing here, its a tempting class for sure. spec 944 gives me nightmares of 944 ownership.
Good to hear that the 987 is a compelling package. I'm starting to give up on 911s and am starting to take a closer look at Caymans. I drove a 987 Boxster years ago and probably the most engaging vehicle I've ever driven. I like the styling of newer Caymans, but I'm afraid the company has sanitized the driving experience. I will have to spend some time in the various generations of these vehicles.
I think Cayman's are fantastic cars and for sure the most affordable Porsche you can track and drive on the road.
However, discussing rebuilding the motor and doing modifications on the engine for these to make them more track use capable, puts them way out of budget for me. At that point I'd still prefer something BMW, E30, E36, E46, all are much more budget friendly, have lots of aftermarket support and more donor parts availability (typically).
Still, I enjoy seeing them built and wouldn't mind one in the future if my budget opened up.
For as much as I praise the Cayman, it was never engineered for heavy track use like Porscheís GT cars are. the prior owner and I have modified it quite a bit to make it as good as it is, but it will always have a disadvantage to a GT3 or GT4.
Sorry for the long reply.
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My friend Tony just bought one in Patron Livery.
Interesting 996tt project!
I ended up finding that the Volvo pumps are pretty much the same as the cup pumps, so going to use that. Think I paid $100 for it, just have to make up a mount, harness and lines. There is overkill and then there is overkill I would imagine you could have your shop do a setup for $500-1000 or so. Always spoiled when doing my own work so have no perception of what it costs beyond parts.
I think Deman motorsport was selling a full cup powersteering setup over on rennlist for a solid price.
Yeah an E46 M3 can be built to be quite a beast. Easily swallows up alot of tire under factory body work. Once the subframe issues and S54 stuff are addressed, man they can be an awesome car for track (so I hear). And at the values that E9X are at, not a bad option either.
For M3s, I'd look at an E36, which can be made to be under 3,000 lbs. Even the E46 is heavy as a starting point.
This is not a track review. I previously thought about starting a "10k miles with a Cayman" thread, but that rolled by, and now I'm at 2 years and 20,000 miles with my 2007 Cayman S. The car's about to tick over 40k miles. Dave may or may not have been a part of that decision matrix. It's been my daily for the last 2 years, and it's been a fantastic experience save for a few flat tires, replacing a headliner, and a carbon clean out.
Up until the C8 came out, the Cayman was the most reasonable gateway to midengine sports cars. I'm excluding the MR2/Fiero for their lack of serious speed and the Elise/Exige for availability. It's basically the closest you can feel to driving an exotic at the $30k price point, while still being reasonably practical and affordable to run. And though the 987.2 and 981 definitely have their advantages, the price delta is pretty huge. The M97 might not be quite as good as the 9A1, but 300 hp w/ a 7000 rpm redline is plenty for enthusiastic street driving.
The engine - Can't argue against the sound from behind you. With the engine cover off, you get all the whooshes of the intake. The throttle response is crisp, and power builds in a nicely progressive way.
Steering/handling - Turn in and steering feel are great. The car shifts its weight so well.
Driving position and cockpit - not at all cramped or claustrophobic. The visibility is great. The cabin is well made and perfectly functional.
Storage - For a single dude, the frunk/trunk are plenty for grocery runs and weekend getaways
Sense of occasion - South Texas has almost no non-American sports cars. The car never fails to feel unique/special despite it being so practical/affordable.
Lacking equipment - It really should've come with an LSD and the center radiator. They're available, but pricey add ons.
Fuel economy - I drive about 6 miles to work each way. The car is barely warmed up by then. Gets about 20 mpg in short range commuting.
Other people - The corollary of the sense of occasion. In the land of $80k pickups, everyone seems to like cutting off or having something negative to say about a 12 year old, entry level Porsche.
Either way, no regrets. The car took me up and down the West Coast and cross country. It still makes me happy to slide into the seat after a long day of work.
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