What is it?
This is the Porsche Cayman S PDK. We’ve already driven the new Porsche Cayman S, which gets a mild restyle along with much more significant mechanical changes, but this is the first chance we’ve had to sample the car in the UK.
The changes to the Cayman S include a more powerful, more efficient engine, and the opportunity to spec a limited-slip differential for the first time.
You also now get the chance to add Porsche’s double-clutch ‘PDK’ gearbox.
What’s it like?
After sampling a 911 with double-clutch technology we pretty much knew what to expect of the same 'box mated to the Porsche Cayman’s new direct-injection flat-six motor.
The PDK gearbox is, on the whole, far more engaging than the old torque-converter Tiptronic system.
Unless the engine is winter-morning cold the changes are very fast and extremely slick. It’s also satisfying to be able to hear the shrill flat-six at maximum revs without the gearbox interfering and changing up for you.
In self-shifting ‘D’ mode, the PDK gearbox makes the Porsche Cayman an extremely civil device and remarkably pleasant to thread through town.