Porsche Cayman review

Category: Sports car

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Porsche Cayman 2021 touchscreen
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The entry-level Cayman 2.0 is a fine option. With 296bhp it's really not slow – on a cold, damp day, we timed one fitted with the seven-speed PDK automatic gearbox from 0-60mph in 4.6sec. That was without the optional Sport Chrono pack that Porsche claims makes it even quicker. It's not just its outright speed but the way its power builds, getting really gusty from around 2500-3000rpm then romping away ever more willingly to the 7500rpm redline. 

In fact, the 2.0-litre is so good that we'd say don't buy the 2.5-litre S model. It's quicker (officially 0-62mph takes as little as 4.2sec) but not as sweet, with some unpleasant flat spots as you rev it out. Do, however, buy the GTS. Its 394bhp six-cylinder motor is an absolute gem. It'll pull easily in higher gears from low revs but offers explosive energy when you want to drive your sports car in a sports car fashion. If you've got the extra cash it really is worth spending it.

Suspension and ride comfort

Adaptive dampers (called PASM in Porsche speak) with a 20mm lower-than-standard ride height are optional on the Cayman and Cayman S, but standard on the T and GTS. Thankfully, it's one option you can leave unticked because, even with 20in wheels fitted, the Cayman rides perfectly well for a sports car without PASM. It's firm, yes, but far from jarring around town and the faster you go the smoother it feels.

With PASM fitted it's no magic carpet, but the Cayman's suspension gets a little more sophistication to round off any bumps and hollows that bit better in the softer of the two modes. You certainly notice the added stiffness when you pop the suspension into the sport mode but it's still tolerable. 

Overall, the Alpine A110 manages to be a little more comfortable at times, as does the Toyota Supra, but there's not a vast chasm of comfort between all three cars.

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