Imagine a Porsche recast as the Batmobile and you’ve got the look of the new Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1. With swoopy lines enhanced by black-on-black paint, all-black interior and oversized silver wheels, it’s the kind of ride the Caped Crusader would love.
This is a limited edition of the mid-engine, two-seater coupe, and my tester is No. 238 out of 777 to be made.
Even the door handles and side air intakes are inky dark. There are also matte-black stripes, embossed with the Design Studio logo, running up the hood, back and sides. Some consumers will find them tacky, yet they’re only obvious in certain light.
The 19-inch Turbo wheels are simply gorgeous on the car, though you can get them (and, yes, black paint) as an option on regular Caymans. The Design Edition also comes standard with active suspension, which lets drivers alter the firmness of the chassis.
I adore the interior treatment. The leather is black, many metal pieces have soft-touch black paint, and the steering wheel, gear shift and handbrake are blanketed in dark, fuzzy-wuzzy Alcantara, a suede-like material. It feels luxurious, even a bit decadent.