• Faster, bigger, lighter
• More efficient than its predecessor
• Will be in the UK from March next year

The third generation Porsche Cayman made its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show yesterday. Porsche’s fabled sportscar, renowned for its handling and driver involvement, has new engines, is lighter than its predecessor and is up to 15 per cent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model.

On the outside, the Cayman has been redesigned to bring it in line with the Boxster roadster, with similarly-shaped headlights and a line running across the rear of the car, linking the rear lights with the extending rear spoiler. From the front, there are echoes of the forthcoming 918 Spyder hypercar and other distinctive features are the deep recesses in the doors to help guide air into larger air intakes.

The chassis has been extensively re-engineered to make it stiffer, lighter and stronger, whilst the wheelbase has been extended to give greater high-speed stability and has a wider track to further reduce roll in corners. Porsche has also given the Cayman larger tyres to provide more grip at higher speeds. The Cayman retains the mid-engined layout in order to retain the balance that was so lauded in the previous model. 30kg has also been lost from the car, further helping both dynamics and efficiency.

In terms of engines, the base model now gets a 2.7-litre flat-six (compared to a 2.9 in the outgoing version) which develops 271bhp and is mated to a six-speed manual ‘box as standard, with the double clutch PDK available as an option. This version can get to 62mph in 5.7 seconds and can go on to a top speed of 165mph. Despite this performance, the car emits as little as 180g/km of CO2 (with PDK) and returns 36.7mpg (with PDK).

The only other engine available is a de-tuned version of the 3.4-litre flat-six found in the base 911. Producing 320bhp, it can propel the car to 62mph in five seconds flat and go on to a top speed of 176mph. Again, despite these figures, it can still return 35.3mpg when mated to a PDK ‘box and emitting just 188 g/km of CO2.

Standard kit includes air-conditioning, a CD player with a seven-inch colour touchscreen, MP3 connectivity, automatic headlights, 18-inch wheels, stop and start, a three-year warranty and an electronic parking brake. The ‘S’ model gets 19-inch wheels, partial leather interior and Bi-xenon headlights.

The car will be available from March next year, with the standard model costing from £39,694 and the ‘S’ model costs from £48,783.

By James Richardson

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