Porsche Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 (2008)

Porsche Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1

Black was back when the Porsche Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 went sale in November 2007. A limited-edition special series of just 777 examples worldwide, the all-black "Porsche Design Edition 1" incorporates various design disciplines and styling cues that emphasise the purist nature of the 295bhp mid-engined coupé.

This look, cultivated by Porsche Design, imparts additional luxury and sophistication to the Porsche Cayman S: the black leather and Alcantara upholstery harmonizes with refined details such as the instrument dials, the layout of which reflects that of all Porsche Design chronograph timepieces. The centre console, fascia console, and door trims glisten in black, while the three-spoke sports steering wheel, the gear lever, the handbrake grip, and the roof lining are clothed in non-slip black Alcantara. The Porsche logo crest is embossed on the seat headrests.

The vehicle's technical features are equally sophisticated: beneath the 10mm lowered body, standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) automatically controls the firmness of the dampers and features a special Sport mode that can be activated at the touch of a button for an enhanced dynamic driving feel. Five-millimetre wide axle spacers combined with 19-inch 'Turbo' wheels give the Porsche Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 a purposeful stance that is reinforced yet further by 235/35 ZR 19 tyres on the front axle and 265/35 ZR 19 tyres at the rear.

The Porsche Design Studio, created by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche 35 years ago, has grown to become a top international organisation renowned for industrial design, luxury items, and consumer goods. Top-class functionality and aesthetics glisten in the new "Porsche Design Edition 1" collection - in black or black matt, of course.

Included with each Porsche Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 model is an elegant briefcase containing the Flat Six Chronograph timepiece, a pocket knife, a pair of sunglasses, a pen, and a key ring - all in black, even the knife blade, in keeping with the vehicle's styling. The number of Porsche Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 units is to be as exclusive as this series-production luxury package: only 777 are being built, and each will be identifiable from a badge on the lid of the glove box.

The Porsche Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 went on sale in the UK and Ireland from November 2007, priced from £49,890 including a Porsche Driving Experience course.