Porsche Cayman a

magical driver's car

Porsche Cayman, side
Porsche Cayman side

I WOULD have thought that Porsche lost sales of its famous 911 when it introduced the delightful Cayman.

The 911 has always been the one we lust after, right from its earliest days, but if you want your Porsche for driving enjoyment, save some cash and drive its brilliant little brother.

I have been lucky enough to drive three or four of them and each one was like the first day of the holidays or a win on the horses.

I've driven them many miles on the road and on the track and I can honestly say that that are very few others that can compare.

What a car, from the perfectly weighted and delightfully tactile steering, to the great sounding, free revving mid-mounted engine, this is one of the best driver's cars on the planet.

The road holding is sublime, with the most amazing levels of grip, the balance is immaculate, the brakes are spot-on perfect and the ride is much better than any such sporting car has a right to.

It reels in the horizon faster than just about anything and yet will trickle through town in high gear without dramatics.

It really does make a supercar for everyday use and I keep hoping that one day, when the lotto comes up, I'll have one sitting outside the house.

Porsches generally have a very good reputation for reliability so as long as the proper dealer or specialist service history is complete and spotless, high mileage need not be a problem.

Unlike some 911s, there is a great view all round from the driver's seat, which has enough adjustment for all sizes to be comfortable.

It is only a two seater, but there's decent storage in the cabin and two boots - one in front and one above the engine.

Go for the 2.7 or 2.9 models - the 3.4 and 3.8 are quicker but you'd never notice the difference out on the road.

FAST FACTS

Price: Pay about £15,000 for an '08 08-reg 2.7, or £21,300 for an '11 11-reg 2.9

Mechanical: 245bhp, 2,687cc, 6cyl petrol engine driving rear wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 160mph

0-62mph: 6 seconds

Combined MPG: 30

Insurance Group: 42

C02 emissions: 222g/km

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