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Porsche Cayman (2013–2016)

Last updated 10 November 2017

More economical and faster than before. Improved interior design and quality. The best sports car around by a country mile.
Easy to get carried away with optional extras that quickly rocket up the price.
Updated 10 November 2017

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Introduction

No longer seen as the poor-man's 911, the Cayman's reputation continues to rise. This is the second generation model and considering how good the original was it has big, err, tyres to fill. We were impressed by the new Boxster, launched last year, so this is one car we've been looking forward to driving for quite a while now.

The original Cayman was a beautifully-proportioned car and Porsche hasn't messed with that formula for this all-new model. It has that recognisable Porsche profile and flowing shape but there are a few more angles than before with a slightly more bluff front end and not so many rounded edges. Porsche describes it as a 'refinement' of the old Cayman.

The sharper lines work especially well at the back where it's more cohesive than the original Cayman helped by a prominent ridge that runs across the back between the rear lights. Like the Boxster, this neatly houses the electric spoiler but on the Cayman it's higher and deploys at a steeper angle for extra downforce. The central exhaust remains too with the standard Cayman getting an oval tailpipe while the S has a dual exhaust.

If Porsche's aim was to make the Cayman appear more aggressive it has certainly succeeded. Larger alloys help with the Cayman getting 18-inch wheels and 19-inch alloys on the S, but the biggest difference is inside. The interior marks a significant improvement in both ergonomics and design, following on from the new 911 and echoing the Boxster.

It uses the same engines as the Boxster with the standard version getting a 2.7-litre flat six-cylinder engine. This is actually smaller than the 2.9-litre in the old model but it actually develops more power with 275PS which peaks up at 7400rpm. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 5.7 seconds with the standard six-speed manual gearbox while average claimed fuel economy is 34.4mpg.

Standard equipment on the Cayman includes air conditioning, a CD stereo with seven-inch touchscreen, automatic headlights, start/stop, electric parking brake, 'Sport' button, 18-inch alloy wheels, top tinted windscreen, floor mats and a three year warranty. In addition to the more powerful, larger capacity engine, the Cayman S adds 19-inch alloy wheels, partial leather interior, and xenon headlights.

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