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Like a leaner, cleaner 911, the 2012 Cayman's styling is nearly perfect.
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unmistakably a Porsche
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racy design puts the tachometer appropriately dead ahead
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The Cayman's lines are all Porsche, so much so that to the untrained eye, it might be mistaken for its bigger, more expensive brother, the Porsche 911. For 2012, there are few changes to the Cayman's look, though it does gain a sportier model, the Cayman R.

Though it shares most of its style and underpinnings with the Boxster, including the roadster's subtly flared fenders and low, sloping nose, the addition of the 911-esque teardrop canopy brings both models together in a harmonious, yet still unique, way. Rear fender air inlets give a decidedly sporty look, while the powerful flanks and rounded rear flow seamlessly to resolution.

Inside, the Cayman again looks a lot like a 911 Jr., with the same basic center stack configuration, most of the same trim and color options, and the same deft blending of buttons with background. Oval vents and a centrally-mounted tachometer are focal points, though the dash benefits greatly from the fitted leather upgrade.

One gripe in the cabin is the cheap-looking piece of plastic across the passenger side that flips down to reveal a pop-out cup holder--it's jarring with the rest of the interior, and little more than lip service to true convenience.


Like a leaner, cleaner 911, the 2012 Cayman's styling is nearly perfect.

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