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Porsche unveils the new, more powerful Cayman

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December 3, 2012

The new Cayman and Cayman S hit the market in 2013

The new Cayman and Cayman S hit the market in 2013

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Porsche's big unveil at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show was the all-new third-generation version of its Cayman sports car. The new coupe packs extra Porsche punch in terms of styling, content and performance.

When compared to the outgoing Cayman, the newly minted version is longer, wider, lighter, lower, faster, more powerful and more efficient. Porsche stretched out the wheelbase by 2.4 inches (61 mm), widened the track and upped the size of the wheels by an inch to increase stability and handling. Meanwhile, it employed the same lightweight body strategy as used on the latest 911 and Boxster, cutting 60 pounds (27 kg) of weight when compared to the outgoing Cayman.

Porsche took restyling as seriously as we can expect from a company that's models look painfully similar from one generation to the next. The cabin has been stretched out, with the base of the windshield pushed forward and the roof line pushed back. The hatch extends downward toward the bumper, which eliminates the bulbous butt that the Cayman has traditionally failed to work off and makes the car look more 911 and less Boxster. As someone that's always found the styling of the Cayman a bit disjointed, I think that the new cabin dimensions make it a much more appealing car. I immediately thought "911-light" when I first laid eyes on it.

The wheelbase is also longer

Other styling changes include a more aggressive belt line that runs through the side mirrors, sculpted edges and tapered intakes on the doors.

In terms of engine, Porsche managed the dynamic duo of increasing power while decreasing fuel consumption. The smaller 2.7-liter flat-six engine gets 10 extra horses over the outgoing 2.9-liter, up to 275 hp. When equipped with the PDK seven-speed automated transmission, highway fuel economy leaps to 32 mpg (from 29 mpg in the current model). The car hits 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.4 seconds with the six-speed manual or 5.3 seconds with the PDK transmission. The top speed is 165 mph (266 km/h).

The new Cayman S gets a 325-hp 3.4-liter flat-six engine, up 5 hp from the outgoing Cayman S. Fuel economy sits at an even 30 mpg with PDK transmission, and acceleration is 4.6 seconds for the 0-60 mph (4.7 seconds with manual transmission). The Cayman S tops out at 175 mph (282 km/h).

The new Cayman loses about 60 lbs (27 kg)

The Cayman's balance of sportiness and efficiency continues through other components and systems. Direct injection, thermal management, electrical system recuperation, auto start/stop and a coasting function help the driver get the most out of every gallon. A Sport button allows the driver to shut down the auto start/stop and coasting on PDK-equipped models, actuating more aggressive engine response.

Other mechanical changes include a new electromechanical power steering system, next-generation Porsche Active Suspension Management (optional) and increased braking power.

Inside, Porsche zeroed in on comfort and ergonomics with features like the ascending center console with high-set gearshift lever and sport seats with electric backrest adjustment. A seven-inch touchscreen audio system comes standard, and a premium 800-watt Burmester sound system is available as an option. Other new options include adaptive cruise control and a keyless Entry & Drive system.

The new Cayman will hit the market in the first half of next year. It will start at US$52,600 and $63,800 for the Cayman S, not including a destination charge of $950.

Source: Porsche

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7 Comments

It looks better, in my opinion, but still says I'm cheaper than my 911 sibling. It is a Porsche so it has a great upbringing, but this is a car that could use a body kit upgrade.

Gargamoth
3rd December, 2012 @ 06:35 pm PST

Why is Toyota not making such car (of less capacity, yes) for cheap? Not GT86 at $25.000 but maybe $15.000 for college and even high school youth like last Celica or original Miata. There is market to be filled for nice looking sport car in the $13-16.000 range - minus fancy toys. Toyota? Ford? You listening?

TechThinker46
4th December, 2012 @ 10:05 am PST

What does a $15,000 Toyota have to do with a $50,000 Porsche?

Joe F
4th December, 2012 @ 01:37 pm PST

As an owner of 2006 Cayman S, I have to say that 'm so impressed with Porsche that I'll only consider Porsche for my future cars even if I can only afford a used one. No other automakers will go as far as Porsche in making such a perfectly balanced car (BMW is pretty close). Japanese automakers are penny counters and they can never tweak the chassis as well as European companies. So, here is my recommendation, don't buy a new car from other automakers; instead, use that $ to buy a used Porsche, once you own one, you will understand.

yosuperyo
4th December, 2012 @ 02:59 pm PST

TechThinker46- Spot on!, (what do the brainwashed Porschephiles know anyways!) Great design should not be the royal property of the elitist marques, but rather a result of the artists' triumph over the accountants!

Sure, art without engineering makes for some disposable devices, but even low-budget art like the Gen2 MR2, Fiat Dino, Karmann Ghia, Alfa Guilia, 240Z, Studebaker Starliner and Fiero GT will never be forgotten!

(Bet you'd own a 911 if you hit the Lotto though...)

wahip
5th December, 2012 @ 11:52 pm PST

Joe F- does a $15,000 Toyota have to do with a $50,000 Porsche? You are right! What does Kindle Fire $200 has to do with a $500 iPad?

wahip- MR2 wasn't cheap when I was in high school and it was one of my "dream" cars, same goes to Fiero GT. I was able to afford a used Buick Skylark with 90K miles purchased from a 92 year old widow. So guys, don't compare prices from 90' with today's prices. A friend bought an Accord for $34K last year and as far as I can remember, Accord used to cost only $14K when I was a teenager.

$55K for a new Cayman is a great bargain when you compare the "value" and there is no car in planet can match that...yet

yosuperyo
7th December, 2012 @ 02:21 pm PST

It looks just like every other 911 out there. The rear bumper looks fat and ugly. Wheel design= BORING ! Porsche needs some new designers and new blood for the chassis. Performance keeps increasing in the same sheet metal which doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever.

I love how my GTI drives, but Volkswagen/Porsche's designs are falling right in line with Honda, the most most boring car company on the planet. Volkswagen designed a new Porsche needs to be designing cars like the new Acura NSX and the Peugeot Onyx.

RESISTANCE
9th December, 2012 @ 01:48 pm PST
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