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Continuing the mid-engine legacy are Porsche's next generation of sports cars, which benefit from new technology and styling. Joining the iconic rear-engine Porsche 911, the Cayman and Boxster mid-engine roadsters receive the firm's dual-clutch transmission (dubbed PDK) as well as gasoline direct engines for better emissions, power, and efficiency.
Prior to a suspension redesign in the '90s, rear-engine Porsche 911s were a bit notorious for a condition known as snap oversteer, wherein the back of the car would suddenly lose control. A smart redesign of the suspension geometry, in addition to active suspension electronics, quelled these tendencies. Still, a mid-engine layout such as that offered by the Cayman and Boxster is ideal for corner carving, and both of these vehicles offer a suitably thrilling driving experience.--Colin Mathews