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New Porsche Cayman for 2013

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The Porsche Cayman is that rare coupe that has managed to be favourably compared to the legendary Porsche 911, meaning any successor has some very big shoes to fill. Its task is made even harder with the advent of a new 911, along with quality rivals such as the BMW M4 or the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe.

However, signs indicate the new Porsche Cayman has what it takes. Lower, wider and with a more rigid structure than the earlier model, the new Cayman has also gone on a 30kg diet, making it 15% more efficient. Road tests have seen the Cayman applauded for its practicality, with a generous trunk and user-friendly driving experience. Is that really what people are looking for in a classic German super-coupe?

Definitely not, so it's rewarding to hear that let loose on the kind of roads real drivers love, the Cayman easily lives up to the weight of its Porsche badge. Its 2.7 litre, 271bhp engine will get you from 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds but feels like it's being held back. The Cayman attacks the road with the alacrity of an alcoholic let loose in a brewery. While it is available with Porsche's excellent and ultra-modern seven-speed, semi-automatic, dual-clutch PDK gearbox, the slick, six-speed manual option is so much fun that you'll find yourself very tempted to stick with the traditional.

The electric power steering, however, may not be fully approved by such traditionalists, but they should put their prejudices aside because this is the best example of its kind, giving the reassuring feel of a traditional steering set-up but with the precision of the new electric systems. You'll get all the feedback you need but will have to put some effort in to lose that front end.

That steering, allied to confident suspension and intelligent traction control, mean the new Cayman handles like a dream, but it also delivers in other areas. The cabin is roomy, the seats luxuriously comfortable and the whole is offered with multiple occupant adjustment options, to suit all sizes or weights of passenger.

The modern layout of the fascia may take some getting used to and the equipment list is far from spectacular, but with a price tag under £40,000, this is still a shockingly desirable car. A punchier S version is available but the standard model is fast, agile and, frankly, so downright awesome that only a show-off would feel the need to splash out on the more expensive model.

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