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2013 Porsche Cayman and 1966 906: The Latest And The Greatest

2013 Porsche Cayman and 1966 906: The Latest And The Greatest
2013 Porsche Cayman and 1966 906: The Latest And The Greatest - Automobile Magazine
Mid-Engine Porsches, 47 years apart: the 1966 Carrera 6 meets the all-new Cayman S coupe.

Just as the Cayman, the Boxster, and the 911 share an increasingly flexible common DNA, the project 906 launched forty-seven years ago was closely related to the first-generation 911. The homologated racing car, also called the Carrera 6, featured an upgraded version of the production car’s flat six mounted in front of the rear axle. Painted off-white and sporting the distinctive light yellow Perspex engine cover, our mint-condition example of the first-ever six-cylinder mid-engine Porsche pointed the way toward today’s Boxster and Cayman. Its dramatic proportions are simply out of this world. At 39 inches tall, the gull-wing two-seater is lower than just about any current hardtop sports car. The 66-inch width is positively petite, but the length measures a self-conscious 162 inches, and the long-tail Le Mans version stretches an even more substantial 181 inches. Among the most eye-catching features are stacked headlights, turn indicators, and long-range driving lights covered by low-drag, flush-fitting lenses; a Kamm-back rear spoiler complemented by a brace of front splitters; a truly panoramic windshield; and two chrome, teardrop-shaped side mirrors.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Porsche Cayman and 1966 906: The Latest And The Greatest – Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2013 Porsche Cayman and 1966 906: The Latest And The Greatest – Automobile Magazine

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