2013 Porsche Cayman video review

* Prices for new car start at less than 40,000 * Entry-level 2.7 has 271bhp; 0-62mph in 5.7secs * Our video verdict on Porsche's entry-level coupe...

2013 Porsche Cayman video review

The new Porsche Cayman has the potential to be even better than its superb Stuttgart stablemates the Boxster and 911.

Its fixed metal roof gives it a stiffer body than the Boxster, while its mid-engined configuration makes the Cayman inherently better balanced than the rear-engined 911.

Compared with the first-generation car, the new Cayman is lower, wider and has a much stiffer structure. It's also up to 30kg lighter, and should use as much as 15% less fuel.

Two six-cylinder petrol engines are available a 2.7-litre with 271bhp and a 3.4-litre with 320bhp. Both versions send power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox, although Porsche's seven-speed twin-clutch PDK semi-auto 'box is available as an option.

Neither car promises to be cheap to run, although Government average economy for the 2.7-litre version is 34.4mpg a respectable number for this type of car.

The Cayman is priced to undercut its rivals, but Porsche is not miserly with standard equipment, so expect a visit to the options list to get all the kit you need.

Watch this video to get What Car?'s verdict on the Porsche Cayman.