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370Z Vs. Cayman on Drivers Rep.

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Nice comparison. I think the Zed held its own very well. Two major things I think they pass off or compeltely ignore. Firstly, they compare the Zed to the Cayman S because the S offers the same level of BHP. But it costs far more. The normal Cayman is the car you would be looking at in that price point. So how does it compare to a boggo standard one? Also, it might be cheap to buy a second hand Cayman, but whats the servicing and running costs like? Probably a hell of a lot more than a Zed. Still, I must agree that the handling of the Cayman is excellent, if a little lifeless. I drove one around Thruxton and was immediately at home, lots of feedback, but it was just too clinical, never wanting to play like the Zed does.

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Have to agree, if you're comparing cars you can't just match spec you have to match market/price point.

 

If it's OK to match a 30K 370 with a 44K Caymen S then match the 44K Caymen with a 58K GTR it's about the same difference in price.

 

Nissan said that they were aiming for the Caymen but it would be a similaly priced model, as they said in the review "anyone

with 30K to spend on a new Zed is unlikley to be looking at a 44K Porche (or rather more once you've fitted some extras" so

why compare them. I agree that the second hand Caymen S is a good addition to the review but it should have been 370 vs

std Caymen vs SH Caymen S. They could have then said in the review that to match the specs on the 370 you'd have to

buy the Caymen S at x pounds more.

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You might not want to spend £44K on a brand-new Cayman S, but you might well be considering spending £30K on a second-hand one and that's where the comparison really is.

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You might not want to spend £44K on a brand-new Cayman S, but you might well be considering spending £30K on a second-hand one and that's where the comparison really is.

 

Agreed. I've always fancied a Cayman S but could never justify the extra cost over a Zed. If they're lasting well though I could very well be tempted by a 2-3 year old one.

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Gotta be said, if the Cayman S had dropped to the prices it has now when I bought my Zed just over a year ago, it would've been very hard to choose the Nissan over the Porker. Better looking, better to drive, and even servicing is nowhere near what you'd expect either if you stick with specialists rather than OPC. The only downside is that you can't really mod a Cayman as it's either very expensive parts-wise or you'll simply destroy the value of the car.

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Gotta be said, if the Cayman S had dropped to the prices it has now when I bought my Zed just over a year ago, it would've been very hard to choose the Nissan over the Porker. Better looking, better to drive, and even servicing is nowhere near what you'd expect either if you stick with specialists rather than OPC. The only downside is that you can't really mod a Cayman as it's either very expensive parts-wise or you'll simply destroy the value of the car.

 

+1. I've been following the used prices of Caymans quite closely this last 6 months or so... very tempting and if i'd have waited a year i'd be getting one instead of the zed.

 

But im not complaining though...!

 

...but i still think the zed looks 10x better. B)

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I've driven the Cayman S and thought that the grip was unbelievable. I must admit I'm a huge 911 fan and all I thought was for 44k I'd rather be in a used C4S..... Not that I had 44k......

I don't really like the looks of the Cayman (the back is funny) and if I'm honest I think I'd actually go for the Boxster S as I think it looks better and is no less practical.

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