2013 Porsche Cayman that makes its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show, will go on sale in the U.S. next spring. Based on on the latest-generation Boxster convertible, the new Porsche Cayman is more powerful, more efficient, and more expensive than the outgoing version: the base Cayman will start at $53,550 (including a $950 destination charge), and the Cayman S starts at $64,750.
Although new Cayman continues family resemblance by sharing basic underpinnings, powertrains and sharper design of its cousin Boxster, the difference between them lies in a fact that this latest generation of Porsche‘s compact coupé is bigger, slimmer, lighter and faster than its predecessor.
At 172 inch long, 70 inch wide, 50 inch tall and riding on a 97 inch wheelbase, the new Cayman is 1.29 inch longer and 0.35 inch lower than the old model and has grown 2.36 inch between the wheels. Despite its stretched stature, the new-generation Cayman is up to 66 pounds lighter than the model it replaces, depending on the specific model and equipment level, yet its body is said to be 40 percent stiffer.
The car’s standard wheels have been upsized by one inch, so the Cayman wears 18-inch alloys and the Cayman S has 19-inch wheels. Like the Boxster and 911, the Cayman switches from hydraulic to fuel-saving electric power steering. As we’ve experienced with the new Boxster, the changes should make the Cayman a more athletic track star.
Powering the entry-level Porsche Cayman is a mildly uprated version of the new Boxster’s 2.7-litre flat six-cylinder. The engine generates 202kW and 290Nm – up 7kW over the old car’s 2.9-litre motor but down 10Nm. The result is a six-speed manual model that is one-tenth quicker from 0-100km/h (now 5.7 seconds) and a PDK version that’s three-tenths sharper, stopping the clock at 5.4 seconds. The new Cayman PDK is 15 per cent more fuel efficient than the old model, consuming 30.5 MPG (7.7 litres per 100km) on the combined cycle, while the manual is 13 per cent cleaner at 28.7 MPG (8.2L/100km).
The new Cayman continues with cornering capability of its predecessor while also improving ride comfort. Buyers can opt for a new generation PASM active damping system linked to a button that allows the driver to choose between ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ suspension modes.
It’s been a long four years since the last time we saw Porsche at the Detroit Motor Show, but the reowned Stuttgart automaker is getting ready to make a big comeback at the 2011 edition of the event. Not only will Porsche make it to the 2011 NAIAS (North American International Auto Show), but the company revealed through one of its spokesman that it is planning to premiere a spectacular model.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Hans-Gerd Bode, a Porsche spokesman, said recently, We’ll have something spectacular to show there. You’ll have to wait and be surprised. Early reports indicate the automaker will debut a supercar concept, possibly a new iteration of the Porsche 918 Spyder that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this past March. The concept could be based on a more production-ready version of the 918’s platform and possibly pack a conventional powertrain rather than the hybrid drivetrain fitted to the original concept.
[Press Release: Stuttgart, November, 29th ] During its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, laid the foundations for continuous and successful growth of the company. The Supervisory Board instructed the Board of Management to drive forward the development of a further model series up to series production. Under the working name “Cajun”, this efficient and sporty model will further expand the world’s most successful Porsche segment in the SUV sector. In addition to the new Cayenne, which has clearly consolidated its market position as the most successful sporty SUV in the premium segment, the “Cajun” will also have a very positive impact with its typical Porsche features such as light weight, ease of handling and agility. As an attractive entry model in the Porsche world, the “Cajun” will attract new and even younger customers to the premium brand along with the Boxster, the market leader in the segment of two-seater, mid-size sports cars.