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February 15, 2013 6:16 PM  |  Posted By: Matthew Hayward
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With the introduction of the latest generation Cayman, (read the full review here) I experienced feelings of excitement for a new Porsche model I've not had since the first-generation Cayman first appeared in 2005. The Boxster had already opened the world’s eyes to what Porsche could do with a more conventional mid-engined layout, but for fear it would take sales from the 911, it remained available as a convertible-only option for the best part of ten years.

Thankfully (and I say that as someone who generally doesn’t get on with convertibles) Porsche released the Cayman to the public in 2005 – a compact coupe that was based on the excellent, and by this point, well-proven Boxster.

Searching the evo Cars for Sale ‘site, there is now a healthy supply of used examples to choose from, and with a budget of £20-25k you can have your pick of many early examples. I particularly liked this 2006 Atlas Grey model, which is offered at exactly £20,000 from Silverlink specialist cars.

The 19-inch wheels suit the Cayman perfectly, and this particular 3.4-litre S comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, 44,000 miles and a healthy amount of optional extras. It’s not the fastest or sexiest car for the money, but it must be one of the most rewarding driver experiences on four wheels.

There will always be those who only have eyes for the 911, and wouldn’t ever dream of buying a Cayman. That’s not something I can see changing any time soon, and it was the same with the front-engined 928 and 944 models throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. Personally, as much as I respect the 911, the Cayman is the one for me…

View the original advert here: 2006 Porsche Cayman S for sale

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articulatedjunk at 10:37 PM February 27, 2013

For some reason, it is not commonly recognized that the Cayman is basically the German successor to the NSX. The weight is similar, the configuration is the same, but brakes, handling, and horsepower are all improved. The only real downside is that it does not have the exotic looks of the NSX.Unfortunately, like the NSX, there are a couple of mandatory mods that are required before logging extensive track time, especially with the pre-2009s.

Freddie Auton at 10:46 AM February 27, 2013

I have to say I discount anyone's opinions on cars if they call this a "Gayman." Top car for people who just love to drive.

Bezza at 8:37 AM February 23, 2013

I'm with you on this one, I've lost interest in the basic 911s since the 997 carrera the Cayman S, always have...

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