You can imagine that the temptation to ask “Will there be a convertible?” was too much for some people when the Porsche Cayman was revealed. Sniggers aside, it would take a liar with Robert Maxwell’s front to deny that the fundamentals of the Cayman are anything other than pure Boxster.
From the waist down it is structurally identical, sharing track width and wheelbase but not overall length; the Cayman’s longer nose adds 12mm to that dimension.
Market positioning and identity were always going to be the most difficult aspect of Porsche’s job with this car.
The company insists that the 911 must always be the performance flagship, so the Cayman can’t offer more performance than a base 911 does, but it also needs to offer something tangible over a Boxster even though the performance difference between these two cars is relatively small.
The Cayman's styling is a contentious issue. The car looks unquestionably better in the metal than it does on the page, but there are confusing elements around the rear arches and those front fog lights aren’t integrated with quite the subtlety we might have expected.
Surprisingly, on the road the Cayman looks like no other Porsche. The differences are small beyond the obvious one of a mid-engined coupé's proportions, but it has a stance all of its own.