With a front 99.78% identical to that of its open-top little brother, the Boxster, the Cayman is pretty hard to be reckoned as a stand-alone model just by seeing its face. As a matter of fact, it's also about 97.56% identical to that of the 911, which kind of makes one wonder if the Porsche design department has been on vacation since... the 1960s?
This is far from being a bad thing since every non-frog-like face Porsche has tried putting on its models has failed, meaning evolution is quite a hit with their customers. There are even less discrepancies between the regular Cayman and the "Spezial" version, at least when talking strictly about the car's frontal design.
The side view is the real deal-breaker when it comes to looks though. Apart from the Carrera GT, it's probably the best-looking Porsche in the last decade. The overall lines make a beautiful compromise between muscular and elegant, classic lines. The Central-positioning of the engine is pretty obvious, especially when compared to a 911, which has a rear overhang a tad bit longer.
Even though Porsche marketing really tried to influence the critics by stressing the fact that the Cayman's design has similar cues to that of a Caiman crocodile's head, they kind of failed to point them out. Still, if you squint your eyes for a bit you can see some reptilian looks in there.
The rear is where the "sexy back" expression really comes into place. The bulgy rear shoulders really stand out, while the LED swooping taillights make a very powerful impression, especially since they're flanking a hydraulic-actuated spoiler and a couple of thunderous exhaust pipes. Unlike some of its bigger brothers (hint: Cayenne and Panamera), the Cayman S is quite a staggering design. A perfect compromise between bold and beautiful, if we may say. Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
If I were to choose a single German... ahem... Sauerkraut-loving car company to like, it would probably be Porsche. Except for that atrocious Cayenne Diesel, I like pretty much all of their... ahem... cars.
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