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The going-away view is arguably the sexiest perspective in the current Porsche lineup
Car and Driver
The Cayman squats especially close to terra firma parked in the driveway
Racy design puts the tachometer appropriately dead ahead
The Porsche silhouette is one of the most instantly recognizable on the road today, and the 2008 Porsche Cayman carries all the best cues of classic Porsche styling. Similar to the Porsche Boxster that it's based on, the Cayman adds distinct styling elements that give it a flavor all its own.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com unanimously approve of the styling, which Kelley Blue Book says makes the Cayman "unmistakably a Porsche, displaying numerous classic styling cues not only from the 911 but from a host of the marque's previous street and competition cars." Cars.com reviewers write that it "has pronounced front fenders finished with elliptical headlights and a low hood," and while similar to the Boxster up front, "the Cayman S' appearance veers away from the Boxster's the farther back you go." Car and Driver raves about the rear styling of the Cayman, saying Porsche’s "going-away view is arguably the sexiest perspective..."
The 2008 Porsche Cayman comes in two major trims, base and S, and from the exterior Kelley Blue Book says that "a key visual differentiator between the two models is that the Cayman S wears 18-inch wheels fitted with lower-profile tires than those that wrap the 17-inch rims on a base Cayman," and they find that "the top-line variant also has a subtle black front spoiler lip" and "a large single oval exhaust." Edmunds reviewers remark that "also available for the 2008 Cayman S is the Porsche Design Edition 1," which "has added design features such as black paint with matte black stripes, 19-inch wheels, a chrome-plated sports tailpipe and a custom interior color scheme." Furthermore, a newly announced Cayman S Sport offers bright colors like orange and electric green.
The praise for the styling of the Porsche Cayman is not limited to the exterior. Many reviewers also love the interior styling, which Kelley Blue Book says features "easy-to-scan gauges -- with black faces on the base Cayman and satin-aluminum dials on the Cayman S,” as well as “well positioned main controls and supportive bucket seats." Edmunds loves the gauges as well, finding them to be "large and easy to read." However, some reviewers fault a few of the interior elements. Although ConsumerGuide approves of the "racy design" that "puts the tachometer appropriately dead ahead on the instrument panel" and the fact that the "control layout is logical," they also note that "the audio and climate systems are governed by too many undersized, look-alike buttons." Cars.com agrees, saying that "the radio button layout isn't the best, and the sun visors are tiny." Overall, however, Kelley Blue Book finds the cabin "well-finished."
Dramatic yet familiar exterior styling on the 2008 Porsche Cayman makes for one beautiful (and lustworthy) vehicle.