Porsche Cayman (2012-2016) review - MPG and running costs

Everything you could ever want from a sports car

Evo rating
Price
from £39,694
  • Too good to be regarded as 911’s budget alternative
  • Styling still jars from some angles; fantastic GT4 sold out far too quickly

MPG and running costs

As well as the weight loss, fuel economy benefits from improved operating efficicency, including better thermal management and a stop/start system, which is linked to either the standard six-speed manual (with heel-and-toe auto rev-match technology) or optional seven-speed PDK paddleshift gearbox.

The latter boasts the best efficiency, with a claimed 36.7mpg and 180g/km of CO2 emissions for the PDK-equipped 2.7. A similarly equipped Cayman S enjoys a CO2 rating of just 188g/km. Not bad at all for a 174mph sports car. 

Much of the PDK’s advantage is down to its very long seventh gear and further reflected by the extra urban fuel figure: 45.6mpg compared to the manual car's 40.9. In fact, a PDK-equipped Cayman S is more economical than a manual Cayman 2.7. For some context, BMW’s M135i trails the Cayman S by 19bhp yet returns worse fuel economy and emissions.

Taking insurance, residual values, servicing and VED taxation into consideration, the Cayman still looks the pick of the sportscar bunch when it comes to overall running costs.

Most Popular

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in
R8 Filler cap
Porsche

Will synthetic fuel save the performance car? The manufacturers weigh in

Porsche claims a car running on eFuel will have the same CO2 footprint as an EV, and BMW, Audi, Aston Martin and McLaren all agree
24 Feb 2021
2022 Land Rover Defender V8 revealed – £100k supercharged off-roader gets 518bhp
Land Rover Defender V8 MY22 - header
Land Rover Defender

2022 Land Rover Defender V8 revealed – £100k supercharged off-roader gets 518bhp

The Land Rover Defender range continues to expand with its most powerful iteration yet
25 Feb 2021
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury
2021 Mercedes C-class revealed - front tracking
Mercedes C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-class revealed – all-new 3-series rival to channel S-class luxury

New C-class to launch as four-cylinder only; AMGs expected to be the same
23 Feb 2021