When the original Cayman first launched in 2006, many people believed that Porsche was deliberately holding it back. In theory, a smaller, more nimble, mid-engined sports coupe could be better than the iconic (and rear-engined) 911. But the latter was and remains Porsche’s signature model. There’d be no way the folks at Stuttgart could allow the Cayman to be superior. When the second gen Cayman came out in 2012, it was again clear that Porsche wouldn’t allow it to outshine the 911.