TTAC Photochop: New Porsche Cayman
It may have the fastest fastback in the biz, but the Porsche Cayman was born with little-brother syndrome. To keep the 911 attractive, Porsche dumbed-down the little coupe. Not much, but enough to justify the price difference and (theoretically) avoid cannibalism. With cars going smaller and greener, with mid-engine trumping ye olde ass-engined Nazi slot car layout, the Cayman’s advantages over the 911are becoming increasingly obvious. While there’s plenty of speculation about a sub-Boxster entry-level 914-type Porker, I believe Porsche will try and sell the Cayman in larger numbers, while keeping the 911 as a more exclusive model. With that in mind, I imagined an “uncensored” Cayman 2, with a seductive design making the most of its Porsche heritage. I’d like to see the round lights that just scream PORSCHE on all future Zuffenhausen coupes and roadsters. Another weak point of the current Cayman: the side air-intake. Substitute this Carrera GT-inspired design (cleared for take off now that Porsche’s taken the GT off the menu). A few other touches– mirror-mounted turn signals (like it or not, the best solution), a glass roof and LED lights– complete the upgrade. With all the changes the car is still instantly recognizable. Squint your eyes a little; do you see the 959?