2009 Porsche Cayman S

Give me a Cayman any day over its much more common and slightly less satisfying sibling, the Boxster roadster. In terms of dynamics, of course, the Cayman's fixed roof gives the car considerably more structural rigidity, which translates to that much better chassis responsiveness. In terms of aesthetics, the Cayman's pure form is, arguably, more pleasing to the eye than the Boxster. And in terms of specialness, the still-rare Cayman offers a lot of exclusivity for the buck. In that sense, the Cayman reminds me of the early-2000s BMW M Coupe, another high-performance, fixed-roof sibling to a much more common ragtop, the Z3 roadster. Both the M Coupe and the Cayman are the type of vehicle that I could see myself buying as a vintage car in 25 or 30 years. Of course, I'd like a Cayman right now, as well.

Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor

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