What the Porsche Boxster and Cayman Evolve From Their Debut to Current Day
The Porsche Cayman and Boxster are the mid-engined little brother of the big and more expensive Porsche 911. The Boxster and Cayman spent most of their time living in the shadow of the big brother 911, but these cars played a role essential to the success and survival of the Porsche brand. Today we take a brief history lesson courtesy of Cars Evolution, a YouTube channel dedicated to showing the evolution of our favorite cars.
The Porsche Boxster debuted in 1996 and ushered in a new era for the Porsche brand. This water-cooled convertible was built to pay homage to the classic 356 Roadster from the 1960s and provided drivers with precise handling balance. Powered by a 2.5-liter 6-cylinder flat engine, the original Boxster was not a fast car, but an excellent platform for the more efficient versions of the future. Over time, the Boxster has grown in size and capacity and in 2006, the Cayman was born. The Cayman was the coupe version of the Boxster and allowed Porsche to meet even more customers with the same platform.
My Porsche enthusiasts have a tumultuous relationship with the Boxster and the Cayman who think that a 911 is the only Porsche in the field. Porsche seemed to feel the same as the Boxster and Cayman have always left some performance on the table to protect the credibility of the 911. Everything changed with the debut of the Porsche Cayman GT4, which debuted in 2016. This high-powered Cayman features true aerodynamics and parts for the high-performance 911 GT3 to create the ultimate mid-engine Porsche.
Today, the Boxster and Cayman continue to grow and evolve towards their own unique offering alongside the larger and more powerful 911. enter the Porsche brand.