Porsche Cayman (2012-2016) review - Design

Everything you could ever want from a sports car

Evo rating
Price
from £39,694
  • Too good to be regarded as 911’s budget alternative
  • Styling still jars from some angles; fantastic GT4 sold out far too quickly

Design

Aesthetically, the current Cayman is certainly an advance on its predecessor, with a more muscular mein to its styling borrowed from the mk3 Boxster’s appearance which itself is inspired by the 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar. The Cayman is 33mm longer than before but with much shorter overhangs. The wheelbase is stretched by 60mm and the front and rear track widths are pumped, too, though the car itself is no wider.

With the rear spoiler cutting neatly into the tail-lights, there’s a grace in the Cayman’s precise detailing, too, while the optional 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels do look rather good, if a dubious choice for the 2.7-litre car if you want to exploit the chassis’ balance. Based on the regular 2.7, the recently-introduced Cayman Black Edition gets these wheels as standard, along with an all-black colour scheme and improved equipment levels.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The more powerful GTS also gets 20-inch alloys as standard, as well as slightly redesigned bumpers, unique badging and lashings of Alcantara and leather in the cabin. The GT4? It looks simply fantastic.

Most Popular

2021 BMW iX revealed – the next big leap towards BMW’s BEV future
BMW

2021 BMW iX revealed – the next big leap towards BMW’s BEV future

500bhp all-electric SUV leads the charge for BMW’s EV range expansion
11 Nov 2020
BMW M550i 2020 review – the M Performance 5-series has arrived, was it worth the wait?
BMW 5 Series

BMW M550i 2020 review – the M Performance 5-series has arrived, was it worth the wait?

A desirable balance of performance and control, beautifully built and charismatic. One of BMW’s best
12 Nov 2020
Cheap BMW M3? E46, E92 and F80 go head-to-head
BMW M3 saloon

Cheap BMW M3? E46, E92 and F80 go head-to-head

You might require a second mortgage to buy an E30 BMW M3, but fear not, as there are equally appealing M Power options that won’t test your credit sco…
14 Nov 2020
Renault Megane RS Trophy-R 2020 review - is Renault's record breaker worth its price tag?
Renault Megane RS

Renault Megane RS Trophy-R 2020 review - is Renault's record breaker worth its price tag?

The Trophy R is arguably the most focused, and extreme hot hatch ever made, albeit at a eye-wateringly high price.
17 Nov 2020