The Porsche Cayman has evolved. It’s now a bigger, faster and more efficient thing but that much was predictable.
It’s also become far better looking than before and steps up to the plate to become possibly Porsche’s most rounded sports car.
The original Porsche Cayman was quick to cement its reputation as a brilliant driver’s car, albeit one that many suspected was always held back from its true potential in order to protect the more profitable 911’s sales. That’s why we never had a Cayman GT3. This time round, the shackles have been loosed a little further. How much? Well, the entry level engine has been downsized to a 2.7-litre unit, but the good news is that it generates 20PS more than the old 2.9-litre lump and 10PS more than the equivalent Boxster at 275PS. Go for the Cayman S and that retains its 3.4-litre capacity but the powerplant is now good for 325PS. As before, both engines feature direct injection for improved efficiency.
A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard although most customers now fork out a couple of grand extra to get the seven-speed PDK double clutch transmission. This features updated software for quicker and smoother shifts. Thus equipped, a Cayman can knock over the sprint to 62mph in just 5.4 seconds and run on to 164mph, while the S will detain you for just 4.7 seconds and keep going to 174mph. It’s now a properly quick car.
The longer wheelbase of the Cayman promises better ride quality while the wider front track offers improved grip. Like the latest 911, this generation model switches from Porsche’s traditional hydraulic power steering to a more efficient electro mechanical setup developed by ZF.
Make no mistake, the Porsche Cayman is a stunner. But you’ll need to make a sober decision about exactly which Porsche Cayman you want. Options pricing can be dizzying. It’s fairly easy to specify a car without going mad on extras and add £20,000 to the price tag. So be realistic with your financial calculations. This Cayman can easily reside in the £60,000 - £65,000 bracket that many of us remember as entry-level 911 money.
But it’s worth it.