Porsche Unveils the New Cayman

Porsche Cayman S

Today Porsche unveiled the brand new Porsche Cayman at the LA Auto Show. The third iteration of it’s mid engined car promises to carry the line to the next level with a lower stance, longer wheelbase, lighter chasis and more efficient and powerful engine. It’s got a lot to live up to.

Here are some highlights from the press release:

  • Will debut in two versions: Cayman and Cayman S
  • Base Cayman will carry a 2.7-liter flat six with 275 hp good for 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds
  • Cayman S will have a 3.4-liter engine in the middle bumping output to 325 hp with 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds
  • Both coupes come standard with a manual 6-speed transmission…PDK is an option (although I suspect a solid number of cars will end up with PDK)
  • Some cool new options include a specially developed Burmester sound system and keyless Entry & Drive system (which I’m personally addicted to now…love leaving the key in my pocket)
  • Pricing starts at $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S

Porsche Cayman S Interior

Another option that is pretty interesting to me is the Adaptive Cruise Control or ACC. This feature uses radar sensors installed in the front of the car to monitor the speed and distance of the car in front of the Porsche Cayman. It then assists the driver by slowing the car down when they aren’t quick enough to do so on their own. Seems like it could reduce the chances of fender benders in heavy traffic, but lots of people are crying “Big Brother!” Still interesting how technology is starting to work to make our lives easier and safer. Just hopefully not blander.

Porsche Cayman and Cayman S

I have to say, I love the look of the new Porsche Cayman. I mentioned this from the spy photos that floated around last week. Here’s an excerpt from the press release about the styling:

The new Cayman is more distinctive than ever. Its proportions are new, and yet it is clearly a Porsche sport coupé; an extended wheelbase with shorter overhangs and 18- and 19-inch diameter wheels with larger rolling circumference are identifying visual characteristics of the car’s more enhanced driving performance. Its styling is marked by precise lines and razor-sharp sculpted edges. They emphasise the car’s low, extended silhouette with the windscreen shifted forward and the roof line that reaches far back. Especially expressive and characteristic are the dynamic recesses in the doors, which guide induction air into the distinctive air scoops on the rear side panels and then directly to the engine. This offers the most prominent visualisation of the concept of a mid-engine car.

From the front end, the new Cayman is marked by its dominant cooling air inlets, which increase in size towards the sides of the car. Just as unique to the new generation of the sport coupé are the large, low rear lid made of aluminium and the rear section with its wrap-around edges. Mounted directly to the rear lid is the thin blade of the rear spoiler, which – in contrast to that of the Boxster – is higher and deploys at a steeper angle. The overall appearance of the Cayman is more independent than before, and it is well-differentiated from the previous model.

Can’t wait to see this one in person!

[Source, Images & Quote: Porsche Press Site]