BBC – Autos – First Drive: 2013 Porsche Cayman

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can’t I tell you about the wheelbase, the 30kg weight the stiffer chassis, the extra and torque of both the 2.7 and 3.4-litre the attention to detail, the engineering? You give you a bit of preamble?

No, you may not. Now it out.

It’s terrific. I’ve spent the afternoon both the 3.4-litre S (pictured) and the 2.7 and both handle and drive such control and dexterity. The on huge 20-inch wheels is to sublime and the damping, well, cars were equipped Porsche’s optional PASM and felt wonderfully fluent.

into a fast corner and rock solid, play the throttle mid-corner and you can feel the car the balance around. With a of exceptions (more on which the new Cayman has moved the game on in area. In a way this comes as a

OK, not a massive surprise, but with the now firmly established in the model Porsche would have justified in taking its foot off the gas a The first Cayman was a difficult dismissed in some quarters as a for those that couldn’t a 911 and in all quarters by those puzzled a coupe, traditionally the cheaper was more costly than the Boxster.

I’m assuming they’ve the pressure on?

Of course. This is we’re talking about all. So, there’s a feeling is a more purpose-designed and built than the first generation. was based on a Boxster and bound to be a compromised as a result. This round both have developed in parallel.

And as a result have been made: stiffness is up a massive 40 per cent, for

And it’s so much better

Isn’t it? Bigger, heavier so much more muscular and something about the angle of the rear and the shape of the haunches so right when viewed the rear three-quarters. The front is but plainer by comparison, but those … flanks improve the so much, and overall the surfacing the Cayman a deeper, richer, desirable twist.

That’s boosted by great especially the way the rear spoiler with the lights. It’s boasts a far better sense of than before and, you go for a good colour (not brown. ), little short of in the metal.

And what goes on

A choice of two engines and many, options, most of which you need (a Cayman shouldn’t be with radar cruise or a system in my opinion). Most will spec the PDK gearbox the 0-62mph times are faster, but the now has a similar rev-blip feature to the 370Z. It’s foolproof and fun and to a honey of a six-speed manual.

The engine produces more (271bhp) and torque (214lb ft 4,500-6,500rpm) than the outgoing 2.9 and in so becomes the first Cayman to more than 100bhp per It has notably less zing the (321bhp and 273lb ft) 3.4-litre at low but although it picks up well 4,000rpm and has a claimed 0-62mph of 5.7 you get the feeling you’d have a time fending off Focus in this naturally aspirated

Does make a divine though, and as the flat six doesn’t through the revs, you get to listen to it for a long time. Spec the sport exhaust and listen to the of the distant Crimean War rumble and pop you. The 2.7 is noisier and more than it has any right to be and sounds as fruity as the 3.4.

So should you to the S?

Tricky one. The upgrade £9,089 (from £39,694 to and if you’d never driven the 3.4 I you’d be perfectly content the 2.7. However, you’d be keeping a watchful eye out for determined hot in the 2.7, while in the S, which a detuned version of the entry-level 3.4-litre flat six, know you had them covered. quick (0-62mph in 5.0 seconds), more energetic and punchier the rev range.

And it too sounds glorious, a real rasp, full of intent and

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Good. Now what about causes for concern you mentioned

It’s chiefly the steering. In any car I wouldn’t bother to mention it, but the Cayman is so exceptional in other the new electro-hydraulic steering sticks in the slightly. It’s perfectly beautifully accurate, but there’s bit in the press pack where it ‘negative or unnecessary noise is out’ and I have a feeling some of what’s been out would have been left in.

It’s the same the new 911: the steering is consistent and you exactly where you are with it, but the set-up lacks the last bit of tingle and fizz that a power steering system The old Cayman’s wheel used to and writhe a bit on bumpy roads, let you about the surface, the camber and This one doesn’t do that as

You feel it through the chassis as as you do the steering. It’s a small but one worth making.

True. But is one better to live with?

There’s a faint impression the Cayman is now aimed at a broader, specialist customer base, and the even as a manual, is blissfully to drive. There’s no challenge it’s a perfectly refined and cruiser that would long range weekends with aplomb, (even the S 32.1mpg, giving a 452-mile and the twin boot set-up litres in the nose, a maximum of 275 in the gives it decent practicality.

As as you don’t need to pack a or something. But then junior be accompanying you and your good in a Cayman anyway.

Quite too.

Agreed. The trouble is I think it’s the practical of the Cayman that have the greatest leap forward: the design and quality are truly and dynamically it’s the quietness, and composure that have obviously moved the game on the previous car.

Don’t get me wrong, the Cayman joyously and if you really take it by the and hurl it down a good, twisting road, it really how to engage and excite in a way that no this side of the far more Lotus Exige can manage. have one over an Audi TT RS or BMW 35i, and the base 335bhp F-Type is going to have to its footing, priced as it is.

This is a car, one that’s grown up and its repertoire without losing the of what it means to be a mid-engined, Porsche. Yes, I’m a tad by the steering, but I’d happily, live with it and probably no more of it after a month or so.

So, the final verdict?

9/10. it 9.5 in manual S guise. Want one

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