But not being a 911 also has its stylistic perks, because Porsche designers aren’t tied down to the same rear-engined shape penned by Ferdinand Porsche in 1948. Thanks to a longer wheelbase, gone is the hunched back C-pillar from the previous generation that abruptly rakes down, and the silhouette draws a smoother, more natural line. Aside from the small, circular daytime running lights, other details bear close resemblance to the droptop Boxter on which it’s based. It also raids the 911 parts bin for the front brakes.
Although 25 horsepower under the 911 Carrera, the strength of the Cayman has always been its predictable chassis and responsive feel. The latest mid-engine coupe promises even crisper dynamics with torsional rigidity boosted by 40 percent, and weight savings of over 60 pounds in the S. Ironically, that weight loss introduces the one significant drawback to the next-gen coupe: following the Boxter’s footsteps, Porsche dropped hydraulic power steering in favor of electric, which usually means a more muted feel when gripping the wheel. Following heritage and tradition, it uses MacPherson struts up front and multi-link suspension for the rear.
Pricing for both trims predictably get slotted above the open-top Boxter, with the base Cayman starting at $52,600 and the Cayman S starting at $63,800. While the 911 still reigns supreme, an edgier Cayman R is undoubtedly on the horizon, ready to watch the throne. – MensMag
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