Porsche 718 Cayman review – design

Compact, well-proportioned shape is still very attractive, and the new GT4 has that racer-for-the-road look that made the previous GT4 so appealing

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  • Beautifully balanced chassis, styling, brilliant GT4
  • Four-cylinder engines still disappointing, options can be pricey

The Cayman might not have the iconic profile of its 911 sibling, but even from the briefest glance it’s instantly recognisable as a Porsche, and a decade and a half after the first Cayman was introduced, the shape is also now a mainstay of the Porsche range.

When the 718 updates arrived, the Cayman took on arguably its most attractive form yet. Already a well-proportioned shape, the slightly squared-off details and neatly redesigned rear tail light arrangement gave it a unique character as well as an attractive shape. Importantly, it’s no slavish copy of a 911, but a distinctive car in its own right.

While little visually separates the Cayman and Cayman S, the Cayman T is slightly more distinctive with a unique graphics package and a set of wheels from the options list, and snags the twin-pipe exhaust from the Cayman S rather than the regular car’s oblong pipe. The GTS goes further, with more definition to its bumpers and side skirts and separated rear pipes like on the GT4 above it.

The GT4 is, naturally, the most striking though. Its deep front and rear aprons are more like those of the 911 GT3s above it, as is the vent below the trailing edge of the front compartment, while you can’t fail to miss the enormous wing perched atop the rear deck. Its side vents are also more prominent, while cars with the Clubsport pack will allow a sneak peek of the cage through the windows, too. It looks only slightly different from the old car, but the racer for the road’ attitude is as strong as ever.

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