Everything about the way Porsche Cayman drives is fantastic and the occupants and their luggage are all accommodated brilliantly. Residual values are excellent
Dashboard could be clearer and simpler to use; supplies are limited, so you may have to wait to get one
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Both the 2.9-litre Cayman and 3.4-litre Cayman S models have six-cylinder engines that thrive on revs. Each hurtles rapidly forward at higher revs, but the extra 54bhp in the S gives useful extra thrust. The racier R version is faster still. All models are available with a smooth, quick-changing seven-speed PDK semi-auto gearbox as an option.
Ride & Handling
The Cayman is based on the mid-engined Boxster roadster and its fixed roof mean extra rigidity and an even sharper drive. Phenomenal grip and agility means twisty roads can be covered with breathtaking speed and accuracy, while the steering gives a near-perfect blend of sensitivity and feel. We'd recommend the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) option, which trades the standard firm suspension for an adjustable system that gives a more supple ride, but taut body control.
You don’t expect sports cars to be quiet, but nor do you want to be sitting in the middle of a din. With the Cayman you’re not. The engine's guttural low-rev snarl and higher-speed metallic thrash never disappear, but you probably wouldn’t want them to, and wind noise is rarely apparent. The optional 19-inch wheels are too noisy on coarse surfaces, though.