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
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What Car? Staff
31 May 2013 16:00

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.