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    Powercar Magazine: Cayman S vs. 997

    The recent issue of Powercar features an interesting track comparison (HHR GP Circuit, Driver: Kurt Thiim) of Cayman S and base 997 (both with PDK, PASM, 19" rims, same tires - no Cups). The track was not in perfect condition (4°C, one very small section was still a bit wet).

    Interestingly, both cars have very similar weight figures: 1480kg (997) vs 1435kg (Cayman S).

    Key metrics of the test: (997 /// Cayman S)

    0-100: 4.3s /// 4.6s

    0-200: 15.3s /// 16.8s

    100-0 cold: 36.8m /// 37.0m

    100-0 warm: 34.0m /// 34.1m

    Lap time: 2.01,9 /// 2.04,1

     

    Kurt Thiim writes that the 997 benefits from:

    - more powerful engine coming out of slower bends

    - more stable setup under heavy breaking

    - over all: better handling 

     

    Honestly, I am a bit surprise of how well the 997 does in this test. On the other hand, the Cayman S delivers quite an amazing performance and is about Euro 20k cheaper than the 997 Smiley
     


    Re: Powercar Magazine: Cayman S vs. 997

    Very good result for the "old" 997 indeed. Smiley

    As you I would have thought, the Cayman S is at least as quick as a 997 Carrera. And as you said, 20k is a lot of money...  Smiley


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    Re: Powercar Magazine: Cayman S vs. 997

    ¿But wait, I read somewhere that the 911's rear-engine design flawed? SmileySmileySmileySmiley

    very interesting read, also suprised by how well the 997 did against a similar power-to-weight CaymanS who also has an excellent chasis. Also didn't realise the price diffrence was so big between those two so good point about the prce/perfomance of the Cayman being great.


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    Re: Powercar Magazine: Cayman S vs. 997

    Indeed, this test demonstrates quite nicely how efficient the "inefficient" rear engine concept is - even compared to a mid-engine setup. Very interesting Smiley

     
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