Porsche Cayman Sport

Rare, handsome and fantastic to drive. Shame that so few people know the Cayman Sport exists

Odd car, the Cayman S Sport. Released just before the latest Cayman update arrived, it was never really featured in the motoring press. It should have been, though, as it’s a very desirable car in more ways than one. First off, limited-run Porsches tend to hold their value better than standard models. Secondly, the Sport gives the already fine dynamics of the old Cayman S a further polish.

This car was first registered in December 2008, when it cost its original owner a chunky £54,068. The Sport came with a number of expensive extras fitted as standard, including sports seats and 19in ‘SportDesign’ wheels; it sits 10mm lower than the standard S too. This particular car also has climate control, Porsche’s Communication Management System (including satnav), parking sensors and Bose surround-sound.

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Inside, the suede steering wheel and gearlever give the interior just the subtle lift it needs to elevate it above regular Caymans. A silver plaque on the dash shows that this car is number 390 of 700 produced.

Behind the wheel, you soon notice that the gearchange is the ultra-short-shift version, which seems notchy at first but suits the car perfectly, while the enhanced engine feels super- smooth and especially punchy above 4500rpm. The standard sports exhaust is never intrusive and sounds terrific as the red line approaches.

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Rare, handsome and fantastic to drive, this car looks like an excellent buy. Shame that so few people know the Sport exists. Given time, however, I expect it will gain quite a following amongst Porsche enthusiasts. 

With thanks to vendor: Porsche Centre Swindon (01793 615888, www.porsche.co.uk/swindon)

Extra Info

• ExteriorColour scheme suits the car perfectly. Tyres still have the original moulding dimples on them• InteriorVery black, but suede wheel and gearlever give a nice motorsport ambience• MechanicalsNot even run-in yet, and there’s nearly 18 months of manufacturer’s warranty left• Should I buy it?Super rare, looks good and drives even better. Great colour combination tooFOR: You won’t be disappointedAGAINST: Same amount of money could buy you a nice 911

Specifications

Price£41,850
Year2008
Mileage1012
EngineFlat-six, 3387cc
Max power299bhp @ 6500rpm
Max torque251lb ft @ 4400rpm
0-60mph5.0sec
Top speed175mph (est)
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