20k: Gator Bait: 2006 Porsche Cayman S

In 2006 Porsche introduced a hardtop version of their popular Boxster sports car and took the unusual step of releasing the performance version first.  Typically OEMs release the more pedestrian version of a car first, the proverbial foot in the water, but with the Cayman, Porsche cannon balled into the water and boy did it make a splash.  The Cayman takes the Boxster’s mid-engine flat-6 and adds a fixed roof to turn the torsional rigidity up to 11 –take that 911!!  The Cayman S MSRP hit $60k before options when new, but the magic of depreciation has taken its toll and now even the most incorrigibly cheap DT reader can afford one!  Find this 2006 Porsche Cayman S offered for $19,500 in Grand Rapids, MI via craigslist.

The Cayman S features the same 3.4 liter flat-6 from the Porsche Boxster that pushes a nifty 295 horsepower into the rear wheels all the while singing a fabulous aria out of the rear center exhaust exit.  Expect 0-60 mph to be reached in just a tick less than 5.0 seconds with the 6-spd manual gearbox.  The steering is sweet, heavy and direct; overall handling is nothing short of phenomenal. 

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