The new-generation Porsche Cayman was officially unveiled back in 2012, but unfortunately, it offered no major surprises. However, it looks like Porsche has learned about our disappointment and it is now considering a high-performance version for the tiny sports coupe.
Andreas Preuninger, chief engineer of the new 911 GT3 confirmed in a recent interview that a track-focused version for the new Cayman is already being tested, but a final decision on a production version is still to be made.
Rumors suggest that this new Cayman version could be in fact a GT3-style model for the mid-engine sports car, but a final name for the car remains a mystery. A slew of names come to mind when you think about it, including: GTS, GT2, GT3 and GT3 RS. One thing is for sure, however, if it makes production, it will be a more powerful, more aggressive and of course more expensive version of the current Cayman.
Stay tuned, we will keep you posted on this track-focused Cayman!
Under the hood, the model received an updated 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 5,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission and sends its all power to the rear wheels.
Once the job under the hood was done, the tuner continued with updating the exterior look. RUF is offering an aerodynamic kit that includes new front and rear bumpers, and an updated rear diffuser. The last piece of the tuning is the new set of alloys in a five-spoke design and painted in black.
The interior can also be upgraded with better quality materials, like Alcantara or carbon fiber.
Prices for the new kit will be announced at a later date.
When it comes to reviewing cars, Chris Harris does one of the most amazing jobs. Honestly, we’ll take his opinion over many other, more popular, shows. His ability to thoroughly thrash cars and give us an accurate review of just how good they are is astonishing.
The latest car he reviewed is a 2014 Porsche Cayman S . The test drive was performed in Portugal and, once again, it is one of most impressive reviews we have seen for the Cayman. He looks like he had all the fun in the world behind the wheel, and he was obviously very impressed by the car.
For those of you who do not remember, the Cayman S is the most powerful version in the Cayman lineup. It uses a 3.4-liter boxer-six with an output of 325 horsepower. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 175 mph.
Most of are likely focusing your attention of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show set to open tomorrow, but in people Europe are pretty busy preparing for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show set to start next month. The German tuner SpeedART has just revealed the first details on the SP81-CR, which is a tuning kit based on the new-generationPorsche Cayman .
The package starts with an aggressive body kit that includes a new carbon-fiber hood, new front spoiler, a new bumper, rear diffuser and a fixed rear wing. For the interior, customers can choose between numerous leather and Alcantara elements.
Under the hood, the flat-six-cylinder engine has been tricked to deliver 345, 360 or 400 horsepower, depending on the customer’s wishes. To make the engine sound even better than it already does, SpeedART also installed a center-mounted dual-exhaust system.
The final piece of the puzzle is a set of 21-inch wheels and an adjustable sports suspension.
Prices will be announced during its world debut in Geneva.
Well, that was fast! Days after Porsche unveiled its new Cayman and Cayman S, we now have rumors of a Cayman Turbo that is expected to debut at the IAA-Frankfurt 2013.
Any Porsche enthusiast knows that the “Turbo” badge signifies more power and a bigger price tag. Yes, there’s more power but with a catch. Unlike the 6-cylinder, boxer configuration of the Cayman S, the Turbo variant is expected to be powered by a smaller, turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine that is expected to produce more than 350 horsepower. We don’t think Porsche purists would be happy with this move as it will lose the iconic sound that is instantly recognizable as Porsche sports car, but at least the power is there.
With the downsizing trend becoming popular among top brands, the main aim is to bring more power while improving fuel efficiency, thanks to the rising fuel prices and concern for carbon emission. Looks like Porsche is expected to join that bandwagon with the Cayman Turbo and the Macan .
If this is true, it’s going to be funny trying to reason with a Cayman S owner why the Turbo is better.
For now, this is all we’ve got on the flagship Cayman. We’ll keep an eye out on this while we wait for its expected unveiling at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
This year’s edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show has witnessed some exciting and electrifying launches by most established brands.
Being one of the most important markets for the automobile industry, most car manufacturers see it fitting to debut their new models, variants and lineups in L.A. Every auto show has its stunners and duds, and some automakers just pull out ridiculous stuff to make us giggle – whether that giggle is intended or not is up for debate.
Sadly, the L.A. Auto Show’s biggest event is already over – the press days on the 28th and 29th of November – so we have pretty much seen everything that there was to see. The show does continue through December 6th, but those are general public days where the people that may actually buy these rigs can come and get a better look at them.
The L.A. Auto Show does, essentially, close the book on the 2012 auto show season, as just a few minor shows remain, but don’t fret; the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and its headliner – the C7 Corvette – are just around the corner.
To help ease the transition between the ending of the 2012 L.A. Auto Show and the beginning of the NAIAS, we bring you the top-5 cars launched at the soon-to-close L.A. Auto Show.
The next-generation Porsche Cayma n — the 981 series – will make its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Despite Porsche’s secretive nature, the sports coupe has been caught testing somewhere in a district of Stuttgart, Germany, and this time around it was nearly undisguised. The best part of this find is that, for the first time ever, you can get good look at the Cayman’s interior. To no surprise, it is pretty much identical to the one seen in the new Boxster .
The 981 Cayman will come with a choice of two engines: the base Cayman will get a 2.7-liter six-cylinder that delivers a total of 265 horsepower and the S version will receive a 3.4-liter powerplant with 315 ponies.
The final countdown to the L.A. Auto Show has begun, and the veil will be lifted off of the next-gen Cayman in just two days. Stay tuned for all of the juicy details that will start pouring in soon.
Porsche has already confirmed that the next generation Cayman will be making its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, but that’s two weeks away and, well, we’re impatient! Luckily for us, the new Cayman has been caught completely undisguised and we can now admire it in all its glory.
Everyone expected the new Cayman to be completely identical to its soft-top sibling, the Boxster . We have to admit the Cayman looks even better than expected, thanks to its revised lights and bumpers. The next Cayman will also feature longer rear-quarter windows and roofline, and a more spacious cabin.
Under the Cayman’s hood, we will find the same engine lineup asthe new Boxster features. The base Cayman will get a 2.7-liter six-cylinder that delivers a total of 265 horsepower, while the S version will receive a 3.4-liter powerplant with 315 ponies.
More details on the new Cayman will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!
Rowing your own gears is an artwork that takes years to gain a firm grasp of and many people never truly master it. Heel-to-toe downshifting, which is essentially the replacement for “double clutching” in older transmissions, allows you to match the engine speed to the transmission speed on the downshift. This speed matching helps eliminate embarrassing and lap-time-killing bucking as the synchros attempt to match up the speed of the engine and transmission. On top of that, it can also help extend the life of the synchros.
In most cars, heel-to-toe shifting takes careful placement of your right foot, so you can press the brake pedal and still tap the throttle lightly to increase the engine speed just before releasing the clutch. This takes loads of practice to master, if you can ever master it. If executed perfectly, your car eases into the downshift more smoothly and accelerates out of it much quicker.
Well, Porsche is now making this heel-to-toe shifting almost autonomous on several of its vehicles. We already learned that the Sports Chrono package on the 2013 Carrera 4 and 4S will boast this feature, but now reports are saying that this system will also come to the Boxster and Cayman lineups.
On the downside, you cannot fine-tune this system to meet your driving styles, like you can on the Nissan 370Z , as Porsche assumes its engineers are good enough to develop this system to cover just about any driver. Given all of their past ventures, we don’t doubt their ability one bit.
With this new addition, the Porsche lineup is showing that it is dead set on allowing its drivers to have maximum fun with minimal effort.
If it’s not obvious, Chris Harris is a rather respected member of our little automotive club here. When he tests out something, he really pushes it to the max and lets us know exactly what he thinks in plain old English. We don’t always agree with him, but we do always respect what he has to say.
In his latest video, he has put a car that he fell in love with the moment he sat in the driver’s seat, the Toyota GT 86 (Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ to us America-based folks), against the Nissan 370Z , and a Porsche Cayman S. Sure, the Cayman S is a lot more car, but the one he’s driving has 77,000 miles on the ticker, so it’s been pretty well thrashed around.
We did a similar test just a few days ago, but we sadly didn’t get to whip all of the cars around a twisty back road, and we actually placed the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ fairly low on our list – behind the 370Z. Our test was slightly different that Chris’, as it involved more cars and we have a slightly different opinion of what is fun to drive about a sports car, but is there a possibility that Chris may come to our side of the table and pick the 370Z over the Toyota GT 86?
You’re going to have to check out the video above to see exactly what his final decision was. Whether you agree with him or not you get to have one heck of a time watching him wail on these cars.