With Porsche’s extensive but overlapping model lineup, it can be challenging to choose a chariot of choice. Obviously, some purists won’t drive anything besides the 911 but we think a true enthusiast is somebody who’ll drive whatever they believe provides the best experience – the car that creates you giggle when its limits are explored.
We’re certainly not saying the 911 isn’t one of these brilliant cars, but we’d also suggest you explore the Cayman S, which many regard as a special car with a more capable and rewarding chassis.collection of thought was Donny Mak, who purchased his ’07 Cayman S new. Like many of us, he didn’t want to modify it but simply couldn’t help himself.
Taking small steps, Donny tackled the key areas on the car, starting within theThe Right Package
Sure, it isn’t a lot of suspension work but the Cayman is amongst the best handling cars we’ve ever driven so it doesn’t need much to take it to the next level.
Weighing just 2976 lb through the factory, the Cayman S is a fun car to get, but with only 295hp from your mid-mounted, 3.4L Boxer six, -60mph in 5.1sec is definitely not to brag about. What the car needed had been a 400hp choice to effortlessly pull sales outside the 911, and that’s where TPC Racing from Jessup, MD can be purchased in.
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TPC owner, Mike Levitas, drove inside the IMSA Supercar Series inside the late ’80s and early ’90s, owning several teams and was responsible for turbo programs on racing beasts like the Mazda RX7, Lotus Esprit and Mosler Consulier GTP. Therefore it will come as no surprise that he or she also designed a turbocharger kit for the Cayman, a car who had intrigued him for a while…
For about $10,000, TPC can offer its stage 2 turbo kit that includes the turbocharger, liquid-to-air intercooler, cat-back exhaust system, cast intake plenum, bigger fuel injectors and an ECU flash tune. It’s a bolt-on system and is claimed to boost the Cayman S to 460hp at the rear wheels from ais completely transformed, Donny told us. It just picks up and goes now! And with boost coming on as early as 3500rpm, holding strong to redline, the Cayman now spins its tires all the way through second gear, despite having its insane wheel and tire setup.
I know the guys at Avant Garde Wheels, Donny explained. They told me basically if i drew a wheel design they’d come up with a custom looking for me. So with Donny’s deep-rooted love for the BBS RS wheel, he designed something similar and Avant Garde delivered a totally one-off set of 20×8.5 front and 20×11 rear wheels wrapped in Nitto Invo tires, sized 235/30 and 285/20, respectively.
Donny knew his Cayman was already unique, but he didn’t stop there.The Perfect Package
Then he added Motor Lux dry-carbon mirrors, side vents, side skirts, roof spoiler and rear diffuser. However, things are slightly overwhelmed by the 997 Cup Car rear wing mounted on custom CNC aluminum uprights. So not only does Donny’s Cayman probably outperform a 911 Turbo, we’ve also have got to say it seems more like a supercar also.
The mod bug didn’t allow Donny to leave the inner untouched. Inside, you’ll get a bolt-in rollcage to stiffen the chassis and add safety for track stints, along with an SPA fire suppression system. There are also Rennline mats and a B&M short shifter. The inner trim was then painted Porsche Birch Green, matching the brake calipers and adding a splash of color to the white-out Cayman.
Once completed, Donny had hit every area and realized his vision of your ultimate Cayman, creating a car unlike any we’ve seen. At the root of it, we’re enthusiasts too, and a 460hp Cayman turbo sounds excellent right now, although we’re 911 fans here!