What Porsche advertise the Cayman at and what it rolls out of dealerships costing are usually two quite different things but in terms of list pricing, if you think of the base 2.7-litre model as costing around £40,000, the 3.4-litre 325PS S variant as being pitched at about £50,000, the 340PS GTS variant being around £55,000 and the top 385PS GT4 model being around £65,000, then you won't go too far wrong. In Porsche terms if you're looking at the 2.7 or the S, that means a premium of around £2,000 over comparable Boxster models. Go for that S variant and you'll be making a £25,000 saving over a base 911 with exactly the same engine and pretty much the same performance. If, like us, you love 911s, that's quite a sobering thought.
Equipment runs to Alcantara-trimmed sports seats with electrically adjustable backrests, 18-inch alloy wheels, a CD stereo with 7-inch colour touch-screen control, auto headlights, air conditioning and a universal audio interface offering all kinds of extra connectivity. To this tally, this Cayman S adds larger 19-inch alloy wheels with larger front brake discs from the 911 Carrera, a partial leather interior and Bi-Xenon headlights in addition to the power advantage of its larger 3.4-litre engine.
The safety kit on the Cayman is pretty comprehensive. The two stage PSM stability control system is one of the very best in the business. A pair of impact sensors are located near the headlights and these evaluate the severity of a crash in milliseconds and inflate the full-size and knee airbags in two stages depending on the severity and type of accident.