The stiff suspension is the only (potential) drawback we can think of. But so far even that’s escaped criticism, as Porsche have managed to combine it with reduced body lean. As such, crashing over potholes at speed shouldn’t come hand in hand with an uncomfortable driving experience.
There are two engines available, starting with a 2.0-litre petrol engine that develops 296bhp. It’s a feisty number that does 0-62 in 4.9 seconds if you pay extra for the automatic ‘box. Otherwise, 0-62 is cut back to 5.1 seconds.
The Cayman S is the other model. It’s backed by an amplified 2.5-litre petrol engine that delivers up to 345bhp, and does 0-62 in 4.4 seconds. Again, that’s with the optional automatic transmission.
These numbers are way off what the Jaguar can achieve. However, the optional Sports Chrono package comes with launch control, which speeds things up. 0-62mph can be done in 4.2 seconds.
In terms of its economy, the Cayman fares well. A few years ago, only the filthy rich could afford the hefty running costs. But with returns of 40.9mpg from the automatic transmission, this Coupe is entering the mainstream.
Even better, you can get away with paying just 185 a year in road tax if you stick to the entry level model.
Inside, the new Porsche Cayman Coupe is really no different from its predecessor. The infotainment system is new and modernises things somewhat, as do the air vents. But the supportive seats, well-laid out dashboard, and the suede fabric are all “leftovers.”
Of course, that’s far from a bad thing.
One criticism is that the Cayman S sports only partly leather seats. Cloth makes up the other half.
The Cayman is reasonably practical. There are two boots, which combine to offer 405-litres of space. That sounds good, but splitting the boots will frustrate some customers. After all, you’d rather have a 405-litre boot you can load a long item into, rather than two boots, neither of which can hold longer items.
Access is tricky, thanks to the low ride height. Leg and headroom is good, though, and the seats afford you a good view.
Porsche – £43,000 – £51,900