The 2014 Porsche Cayman
As specialist to the CLA45's generalist, the Porsche Cayman is surgical--but never clinical. Laser-like reflexes, some of the best electric power steering assist in the world, and an inherently balanced chassis with the engine where it should be--right in the middle--give it the genes for success.
Like all gifted athletes, however, it takes more than just the raw materials. Porsche has graced the Cayman with not only cutting-edge engineering, but with the expert tuning and fun-loving attitude that it has, for more than a half-century, built its name upon. Scrabbling for grip at every apex, slinging out of corners with throttle-steerable ease, hanging on the driver's every input, the Cayman seems to know what you want the moment you want it.
In the Cayman, the driver and the machine truly become one.
Unlike many cars that angle for headlines with show-stopping horsepower figures or radical acceleration, the Cayman satisfies itself (and the driver) with figures that are fairly average--even the four-door CLA45 AMG gets to 60 mph within a few tenths of the Cayman.
With the Cayman, it's not about getting there, or anywhere, in particular. It's about how you get there, and how you feel as you do. In fact, the sense you get while driving the Cayman is the reason so many of us spend hours in our cars on weekends and afternoons only to end up right where we started. It's the reason so many of us came to love cars and driving in the first place.
And in the Cayman, it's all included in the list price, fresh from the showroom floor.
They say money can't buy happiness, but it can sure as hell buy a Cayman, and for us, that's the same thing.