Review

Porsche Cayman coupe

Price  £39,694 - £64,451

Porsche Cayman coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Excellent interior
  • Relatively low running costs
  • One of the best cars to drive on the market
Cons
  • Not much standard equipment
  • Strictly a two-seater
  • Expensive options

At a glance

The greenest
2.7 3dr £39,694
The cheapest
2.7 3dr £39,694
The fastest
GT4 3dr £64,451
Top of the range
GT4 3dr £64,451

“Few performance coupes are as fun to drive as the fast, stylish and high-quality Porsche Cayman.”

The Porsche Cayman is a fairly expensive car, but it ticks so many boxes that it actually seems like good value. It's one of the best handling cars on sale and few models are such all-round good fun to drive. The Cayman looks better than ever thanks to a facelift for the most recent model, and the quality of the interior has never been higher.

At the heart of the Cayman is its big six-cylinder engine which is offered in 2.7 or 3.4-litre versions. Both are quick and even the basic model can hit 165mph, while the larger of the two fitted to the Porsche Cayman S offers performance that's more accessible, more of the time. The GTS model is slightly quicker still thanks to a 15bhp engine upgrade over the S, while optional sports suspension makes the car's handling razor-sharp, too.

The ultimate version of the Cayman is the GT4, which uses the same 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine fitted to the bigger Porsche 911. The GT4 is aimed at driving purists and has been engineered for blistering performance on road and track.

All Porsche Cayman models get equipment such as sports seats and air-conditioning as standard, but the omission of items like a Bluetooth phone connection seems miserly on a car costing this much money. Optional equipment is expensive and you’re likely to want at least a few items, so it's very likely you’ll pay more than the starting price of whichever Cayman model you choose.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.5 / 5

The Porsche Cayman wasn’t built to be economical, but it’s not too expensive to run when you consider the performance on offer

Engines, drive & performance

5 / 5

The Porsche Cayman is one of the best handling cars money can buy and will be lots of fun down your favourite twisting road

Interior & comfort

4 / 5

There’s plenty of space for two in the Porsche Cayman, while the driving position is also excellent thanks to a wide range of adjustment

Practicality & boot space

3.5 / 5

Considering it’s a focused two-seater sports car, the Porsche Cayman is a reasonably practical proposition

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

Porsche has a consistently strong reputation for both the reliability and safety of its cars

What the others say

5 / 5
based on 3 reviews
5 / 5
"Not only is the Cayman as fantastic to drive and as quick as the firm's flagship 911 Carrera, it undercuts its legendary brother by nearly £24,000. When you look at it like this, the Cayman is actually one of the performance car bargains of the year."
5 / 5
"The new Porsche Cayman works exceptionally well on so many levels, from a handsome two-seater that's dead easy to live with, to an out-and-out sports car that will utterly involve the enthusiastic driver. And it works just as well at every level in between. It's still, arguably the Porsche sports car that is the most rounded proposition of any."
5 / 5
"The Porsche Cayman is now in its third generation and just like a good wine it is getting better as it matures. The chassis is new, the wheelbase is 60mm longer, it's 30kg lighter and 40 per cent stiffer. The six-cylinder petrol engines are more powerful too. This is without a doubt is the best version of the Cayman to date."
What owners say 
4.3217391304348
4.3 /5 based on 23 reviews
83%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend

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Last updated 
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