For The Porsche Cayman combines agile, involving handling with a classy interior and decent practicality. It’s priced to undercut key rivals, too, and will hold its value well.
Against It won’t be cheap to run, and Porsche is stingy with standard equipment.
The Porsche Cayman is one of the best-handling sports cars available at any price, as well as one of the most usable. It’s even great value.
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The standard six-speed manual gearbox is a pleasure to use, and if you specify the optional Sport Chrono pack it comes with a system that blips the throttle for you during downchanges to improve stability.
Still, as good as the manual is, the seven-speed PDK twin-clutch ’box is even better. It changes up so quickly that there’s virtually no let-up in acceleration. What’s more, it improves economy and emissions, and makes life easy when you’re in less of a hurry thanks to its smooth auto mode.
Just make sure you specify the optional paddle shifters for those times when you want to control it manually – Porsche's standard wheel-mounted buttons are awkward to use.
Another option we’d be tempted to specify is the switchable sports exhaust, which enhances the already sweet engine note at the press of a button.