Sunday, March 30, 2008

Batmobile or Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1?

Don’t get alarmed guys, the car in the picture is not the new Batmobile from the new to-be-released Batman sequel The Dark Knight. It is just the tangible outcome of Design Edition’s conceptual idea like if the designers were trying to make Batman even cooler. The famous design house is actually behind quite a few Porsche designs since the 1970’s.

Based on Cayman S the Porsche Design Edition 1 is a limited edition of the mid-engine, two-seater coupe of which only 777 are to be put into production. The car, considered by few, nothing more than a big cool-looking add-on to the existing range, may not offer any boost in engine performance, yet the extra details and “limited edition” status certainly add up to a gotta-have-it attitude.

Buyers will feel privileged as being one of the 777 owners who can even identify each other on the seaside or camping as the upgraded pack, soled for an extra £5000, includes a grab bag of Design Studio stuff, including a briefcase, a chronograph watch, sunglasses and pocket knife.

Cayman S Design Edition 1 offers though, more than a camping kit. The difference is clearly on the small details like the dark door handles or the matte-black stripes, running along the car and embossed with the Design Studio logo, visible only in certain light. When you stop staring it while drooling I invite you to take a glance at the interior design, where the black leather dominates the luxurious, almost decadent passenger cabin.

Unfortunately now, the engine option is the same 3.4-liter, six-cylinder engine of Cayman S giving 295 bhp. Though bitter news, it doesn’t come on a surprise. You see, here lurks a potential clash with the 911 if the engine was altered to generate more power and Cayman S Design Edition 1 isn’t here to challenge its big brother... or big sister.

Hold on now, don’t grouchy already. It’s not like you will drive a Peugeot 406 coupe – iconic example for me for looks with no performance. The car is fast, “running” the 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds and hitting a top speed of 171 miles per hour. Porsche is simply attempting here to offer a different "toy" to its dedicated motorists, so they managed with the small size and mid-mounted engine, plus a weight less than 3,000 pounds, to make it extremely agile and playful.

The Cayman really is a glossy vehicle and well done to the designing team. So, it is looking amazing and is priced below £40,000,but is that enough to give Porsche maniacs a good purchase reason or not? I mean would you go for it if you had the budget?


That is too sexy to be batman's new ride, I think all of the batmobile editions have been sleek and stylish but never sexy, only powerful.

This car is very very sexy mate and very very dark.. You are so right, 3 days ago I saw one in Marble Arch, London..

Oh my god!

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