The Cayman is the most delightful, easy-to-drive car I've ever tried. At the wheel it feels like an extension of yourself. I usually drive a TT, so perhaps I'm easily impressed. I had, once, tried to persuade myself that the TT V6 was a half-price Porsche, but one test-drive of a Cayman, even before the salesman has swapped seats with you, clearly shows the error of that view (it's bye-bye TT now). The Cayman is a more intense, yet delicate, experience than a Boxster. However, the new 3.4 Boxster is £4000 cheaper, and it's generally identical to the Cayman, apart from its more expensive folding roof. Therefore the Cayman should be around £3000 less than the Boxster, or be fitted with an LSD and a 3.6 engine. Porsche is not making the Cayman as exciting as it could, so as not to take sales from the 911, but then BMW and Mercedes, which are making their cars as exciting as they can, still can't match the Cayman. So I guess the enthusiast with £50,000 to spend just has to buy one (and perhaps feel just a little irritated). Some of the fittings (such as the door handle, fog light surround and the standard non-leather interior) seem cheap. Otherwise, it's truly fabulous.
Graham Rix, Surrey, August 11th 2006