Maybe we got it all wrong.
All this time, we've been waiting for Alfa Romeo's latest 4C sports car, a Porsche-rivaling mid-engined coupe to well and truly banish any thoughts that the Italian marque isn't quite what it used to be.
But watching engineers lay strips of carbon fibre by hand to form the 4C's tub, constructed not at one of Alfa's existing factories but at Maserati, the 4C seems like so much more even than Alfa's saviour.
Consider it not an expensive Alfa - prices of around 50,000 are mooted, so a little more than your neighbour's MiTo.
No, it's an inexpensive Ferrari. A 246 GT Dino for the modern age, lavished with all the hand-crafted attention you'd expect on something two, three or even four times the price. The engine is in the right place - mid-mounted. It has the Dino's raised front arches and impossibly low cabin, and even its kicked-up tail.
It'll never be quite as pretty as the Dino of course - hamstrung by its unusually aftermarket-looking headlights, at the very least - and its four-cylinder engine may never have the growl of the Dino's V6, which also saw service in the Lancia Stratos.
A Cayman doesn't have a 65-kilogram carbon fibre tub, that's for sure. Other 4C weight-saving measures include aluminium roof reinforcement and front and rear chassis sections, and use of aluminium in plenty of the running gear too. Injected polyurethane is used for the front and rear bumpers - saving more weight - and window glass is 10% thinner than that of most vehicles.
It remains to be seen whether the Alfa will compete with the Cayman's excellent dynamics - though like Ferrari and Maserati vehicles, final testing of each car is handled by professional drivers on the road, as well as in the lab.
Indeed, we'll also see whether the 4C radiates that sense of solidity that Porsches have traditionally offered and Alfas traditionally lacked - but we don't doubt a great many drivers will have fun finding out...