What is it?
It’s the entry-level Porsche Cayman in its revised form, with its engine upped in size to 2.9 litres. This increase in capacity not only brings another 21bhp and 20lb ft of torque compared with the previous 2.7-litre base Cayman but also slightly improved performance and reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Although it misses out on the direct injection fitted to the latest Cayman S, the regular Cayman now gets a six-speed manual gearbox rather than the poverty-spec five-speeder fitted to the previous car. And there’s nothing stopping you from adding desirable options such as Porsche’s new seven-speed PDK gearbox and a limited-slip diff, same as the Cayman S.
What’s it like?
We’ve said previously that the latest Cayman S is pretty close to sports car perfection, and the less powerful Cayman isn’t far behind. Where the old five-speed 2.7 sometimes felt slightly lacking (in both outright performance and its ratio count), the 2.9 is quick enough to keep most drivers happy.
To be honest, its performance is still nothing startling – rival coupes such as the Audi TTS and BMW 135i Coupe are quicker off the line and more flexible in their power delivery – but the Cayman makes the most of what it’s got, and the result is a very satisfying package.