TTAC Photochop: New Porsche Cayman

Andrei Avarvarii
by Andrei Avarvarii
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?

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  • Tommy Yoo Tommy Yoo on Sep 16, 2008

    For me, the Cayman's always been about the back and the rear quarter shot. How will they solve the most unflattering of angles and the swoopiest back end on a coupe yet? Or have they decided that yes - this is the face (ass) of the Cayman once and for all? Otherwise, the whole Porsche lineup is just like the Baldwin brothers. Is that a good or a bad thing?

  • Willbodine Willbodine on Sep 16, 2008


  • JJ JJ on Sep 16, 2008

    The 993 like front of ye olde 968 worked pretty well too...until you noticed it wasn't really a 911. Still this is one of the better looking renderings I've seen on TTAC yet. The Carrera GT air intakes work really well, as they also do on the Gemballa 911 Avalanche. Do I see a Ferrari 456 in that side view btw?

  • Andrei Avarvarii Andrei Avarvarii on Sep 17, 2008

    @JJ Not my intention.