Why Porsche ruled the world in 2013
And will prove a tough nut to crack in 2014, and beyond…
Posted: 29 Jan 2014
The graphics and interfaces on its multimedia are also outclassed in what is an increasingly important realm, but that ceases to matter when you start the Cayman up. My introduction to the S model came at the Circuit de Charade near Clermont-Ferrand, where TG held this year's Speed Week. Both Sir Jackie Stewart and 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood later told me that they rated this track as one of the best they ever raced on, and it's easy to see why.
With its looming concrete walls, volcanic topography and 300m change of elevation, carving a lap round here focuses your mind and puts a premium on chassis excellence. To nobody's great surprise, the Cayman S is a sensation. Despite the electro-mechanical steering, it turns in with absolute accuracy, maintains an awesomely linear trajectory and stays utterly unruffled. Its manual gearbox is magnificent.