For a period of roughly 20 years, starting in the late 70s and running all the way to the 90s, the concept of an entry-level coupe from Porsche was considered the consolation prize amongst sports car fans. The 2014 Porsche Cayman, on the other hand, bears none of the stigma associated with its 924 / 944 predecessors, for a number of different reasons. First and foremost there is the presence of a true mid-engine architecture that is the key ingredient in the Cayman's preternatural handling capability, backed by a range of engines that evoke none of the parts-bin compromise of older affordable Porsche models. There's also the luxury-laden interior trappings that can be stuffed inside of the Cayman's snug cockpit, which are on par with more prestigious models like the Panamera sedan.
The redesigned 2014 Porsche Cayman has a secret, however, that no other Porsche in its price range has ever been able to claim: it's a better drive than the vaunted 911 Carrera. The Cayman gives the world a stunning glimpse of what the automaker might be able to accomplish if it were willing to back away from protecting its 50-year-old flagship and give us the kind of pure performance car that would devastate all comers.