Porsche - Cayman
A front end derived from the 911 and muscular, bulging rear wheelarches look great - but the profile and the sloping hatchback are awkward as are the fussy front spotlights.
First class. More agile than a 911 with more grip than a Boxster, the Cayman spears into corners and the direct steering offers peerless communication.
The leather clad sports seats combine well with the compliant ride and smooth engine to produce a decent tourer. The driving position is excellent.
Just as good as the 911. The Cayman's doors close with a reassuringly heavy thunk and the interior is trimmed with high-quality leather and plastics.
The Cayman's 3.4-litre flat six is one of the world's best. Crisp throttle response, lots of low rev torque and searing acceleration above 5000rpm. The S model is almost as fast as a 911.
Excellent, for a sports coupe. Between the front and rear boots you can fit a surprising amount of luggage and there are plenty of useful cubbies and stowage compartments, too.
You don't buy a Porsche if you're penny pinching, yet although dealer servicing will be very expensive and insurance is a punishing Group 20, the resale values promise to be rock solid.
A Cayman S certainly isn't a trivial investment - but look at it as being the equivalent of a 911 at a substantial discount and it starts to make a compelling case for itself. Be careful with the options list though.
With that engine and the exhaust enhancing button who needs a stereo? Usefully, though, the standard-fit CD unit is powerful and the extra cost BOSE system is even better. Optional satnav is easy to use.