• Porsche has made sure that the Cayman is still a good looker. Picture: PORSCHE

  • Inside you get the same interior as the Boxster, although with a harder roof. Picture: PORSCHE

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What is this car all about?

This mid-engine coupe is the company’s entry point into its sportscar realm and it offers all the thrills of a thoroughbred sports coupe for hyper hatch money.

What’s under the hood?

The updated model has lost its rather charming flat six engines in favour of turbo-charged four potters measuring 2l in the Cayman and 2.5l in the more powerful Cayman S derivative. However, both models offer superior performance over their predecessors.

Does it stand out from the crowd?

Thanks to its stubby length, baroque rear haunches and 20-inch alloy wheels, the model is distinctly Porsche and has the panache to turn heads on the road. That jutted boot spoiler, replete with Porsche lettering, and the LED rear light clusters give it a thoroughly premium, more purposeful design than even its pre-facelift self.

What’s noteworthy on the inside?

In typical Porsche style, the cabin has an air of distinction thanks to high-end materials, minimalist styling and solid build quality. It is like a gentleman’s cigar lounge. Think swathes of leather and silver trimmings, tastefully done, making it a luxurious place to be indeed.

Is it good to drive?

The thrumming, four-cylinder engine note takes some getting used to since the engine it replaces had a charming bark and was arguably one of its strongest attributes. Nonetheless, the new engine delivers handsomely on the performance front, while the mid-engine dynamics ensure leech-like grip and exemplary balance through corners.

Who's going to lose sleep over this car?

The Porsche Cayman offers sportscar looks and thrills for hyper hatchback money, not to mention the prestige that comes with the hallowed badge, which will make it easy to overlook models like the Mercedes A45 AMG, the Audi RS3 and, of course, the Audi TT. It remains an easy-to-drive, thoroughly entertaining sports coupe at the price.

• Be sure to read Lerato’s full story on experiencing the new Cayman in next week’s Business Day Motor News

Fast Facts: Porsche 718 Cayman (manufacturer figures)

Engine: 1,988cc, four-cylinder, turbo charged

Power: 220kW at 6,500r/min

Torque: 380Nm at 1,950r/min

Transmission: 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK

0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds (4.7 PDK)

Top speed: 275km/h

Fuel: 7.4l/100km (6.9 for PDK)

Carbon dioxide: 168g/km (158 for PDK)

Price: From R854,000

Fast Facts: Porsche 718 Cayman S (manufacturer figures)

Engine: 2.497cc, four-cylinder, turbo charged

Power: 257kW at 6,500r/min

Torque: 420Nm at 1,900r/min

Transmission: 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK

0-100km/h: 4.4 seconds (4.2 for PDK)

Top speed: 285km/h

Fuel:8.1l/100km (7.3 for PDK) (combined)

Carbon dioxide: 168g/km (158 for PDK)

Price: R934,000