Porsche Cayman 2.7 review, price and specs | evo

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Porsche Cayman

2.7 review, and specs

The 2.7-litre base Cayman is over £9000 than the 3.4 Cayman S. The pick of the

What is it?

The 2.7-litre ‘base’ of the new Porsche Cayman. When we the new Porsche Cayman S. we were blown away by the depth of its With a starting price of this 2.7’s cheaper its 50bhp-beefier 3.4-litre brother by which sounds like value.

Technical highlights?

The previous Cayman was powered by a 261bhp, flat-six engine. For this new peak power goes up to 271bhp, despite the reduction in capacity to 2.7 litres. Being aspirated, the rev limiter doesn’t time until 7800rpm, but the is that peak torque 7lb ft to 214lb ft, delivered between and 6500rpm.

Like the ‘S’, Cayman has been on a diet: to 44 per cent of the body-in-white now being from aluminium (including the and rear wings, inner doors, bonnet and rear kerb weight drops by to 1310kg, while torsional improves by an impressive 40 per cent.

Looks wise, the second-generation is a leap ahead of its predecessor, much more muscular borrowed from the new mk3 Boxster’s itself inspired by the new 918 Spyder The Cayman is 33mm longer before, yet with much overhangs, the wheelbase stretches by to the benefit of dynamics. Front and track widths are up too, the car itself isn’t actually

As well as the weight loss, economy benefits from operating efficicency, including thermal management and a stop/start which is linked to either the six-speed manual (with auto rev-match technology) or seven-speed PDK paddleshift gearbox. The boasts the best efficiency, a claimed 36.7mpg and 180g/km of CO2 though while PDK yields the 0-60 time (5.6sec), shift Caymans have the top speed, at 165mph.

What’s it like to drive?

As expect, the new engine loves and you need plenty of them for it to do its work, but it sounds good without the sports exhaust The standard manual is about as fun as you can have with three and a lever, so there’s little for PDK. Its throttle-blipper on downshifts you spec Sport Chrono and got ‘Sport Plus’ activated) so perfectly that it could even the most ham-fisted look like a pro.

With a near-perfect 46/54 weight distribution, it’s the of the Cayman’s chassis that through as you push it harder. But the vice-like grip of the 265/35 tyres fitted to optional wheels is next to impossible in the not helped by the lack of torque the smaller engine, or the ridiculously gearing (this manual car can hit an 82mph in second gear!).

I away wishing our test car had wearing the standard 18in as hopefully they give the a fighting chance of exploiting the chassis. Adding two inches to diameter does the car a disservice in area other than Go for a smaller size and you get more more movement, more and a more natural grip-to-power

As it is, you can’t help but rag this hard because it’s so but don’t expect to match the fuel economy if you do

How does it

At 40 grand, the Cayman rivals the £35,905 Audi TTS or a more specced 326bhp, £35,050 370Z GT. though it’s a far resolved drivers’ car than and actually causes problems for its big the 345bhp, £71,449 Porsche 911 .

The Cayman may be well ahead of it but the Alfa Romeo 4C (237bhp/£45,000) the comparatively staid German for and personality, and will probably win with its mini-supercar looks and chassis tub alone. The Lotus S V6 (345bhp, £53,850) is a rarer and far … alternative to the Porsche, two new rivals lie around the corner via and Caterham ’s mid-engined car tie-up.

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