Porsche feels your pain. For 2006, the company is building a new sports car that leaves room for the mortgage and the minivan. The new 2006 Porsche Cayman S straddles the asphalt between the smaller and somewhat effeminate Boxster and the costly, high-powered 911 Carrera. And, with a starting price of less than 60 grand, it just might be the best Porsche ever for the money.
No, the Cayman S is not the most beautiful, nor the fastest, or even the most affordable Porsche in the stable, but in our measured opinion it is the most fun. Depress the accelerator when engine revs are up around 5,000 and the Cayman’s cabin is filled with the sweet music of Porsche’s tuned flat six, producing a surge of power that flattens your shoulders hard against the leather sport seats. You can take it all the way to 7,000 rpm before reaching redline, and all the while the Cayman is rocketing forward as composed as a Radio Flyer wagon on a freshly blacktopped driveway. It’s not all about spine-tingling speed, though. The 2006 Porsche Cayman S is equally happy rolling along city streets, soliciting jealous stares from other automotive junkies who assume you’re either rich or really creative.