The next-generation Porsche Cayman — 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.
800 HP, carbon fiber composites, an amazing look, and much, much more. Sounds like the description of an amazing supercar, but it’s actually the description of the smallest coupe in Porsche’s line-up: the Cayman. Of course, this extraordinary vehicle only began as a Cayman. Then, Alpha-N Performance got their hands on it and transformed it into the new and improved Alpha One.
For starters, the tuner replaced the car’s original body panels with new ones made of carbon fiber composites. The front panels actually resemble the ones from the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder, but other than that and the Cayman’s body line flowing through the doors and roof, everything else is new.
The tuner hasn’t revealed any other details on the upcoming Alpha One, but it is clear that the tuning package will make the Porsche Cayman longer, lower, and wider. Then, of course, there’s that 800 HP just waiting to be thrashed around in a sports car that only weighs 2820 lbs. The suspension on this thing better be killer because standard issue just isn’t going to cut it.
Let’s just say, we can’t wait to see what other details are in store for all of us when the Alpha One makes its debut in the upcoming weeks.
Porsche’s future entry level models have been rumored to sport a new four-cylinder horizontally opposed gasoline engine, but Porsche Canada CEO, Joe Lawrence, is trying to nip that in the bid. Lawrence was recently at the ALMS race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park when he confirmed that the flat-four is definitely just a rumor.
At that point, everyone could basically let the flat four rumor go, but Lawrence immediately followed that statement up with the fact that he would actually like to see it sometime in the future. If everyone’s not on board with letting it go then the flat four cannot possibly be dead in the water, so we’re back to square one...again.
The four-cylinder horizontally opposed gasoline engine was initially rumored to be used for the upcoming baby Boxster (aka 550) which has been put on hold due to the lack of expected demand. What we see happening is new fuel economy regulations making it necessary for the four-pot to be used, even for the Baby Boxster when it gets dragged off the backburner, as well as for the Cayman. Automakers can’t make their decisions based on the market sometimes because the government forces their hand when it comes to strict environmental guidelines and as Lawrence said, "Porsche is not exempt from increasingly strict emissions and fuel economy regulations" and it’s "more likely that you’ll see more turbocharging in more vehicles moving forward." The government is, after all, the puppeteer in this stage show.
The Porsche Cayman has long been a favorite for driving enthusiasts wanting a true driver’s car, with no frills and with the extra rigidity which comes from having a fixed roof unlike its Boxster brethren.
However, with competing cars nipping at the tail of the Cayman, including the Subaru BRZ and Scion FRS despite their obvious power disadvantages, the Cayman is in dire need of a significant update.
If the latest news from Autonews turns out to be correct, then the 2013 Porsche Cayman (which will be almost identical to the recently updated Boxster) will debut at the upcoming 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
In addition to this information being released, the 2013 Cayman is also expected to hit global markets by the spring of next year, with a price tag most likely just below the 2013 Boxster.
No vast visual changes will be prominent on the updated Cayman, as it’ll look almost identical to the new Boxster which as we know, features a host of slight changes including the re-designed headlights and taillights.
Powering the base 2013 Porsche Cayman will be a punchy 2.7-liter flat-six engine delivering 265HP while the more expensive and more desirable S variant, will feature a 3.4-liter engine pumping out an impressive 315HP.
The new generation Porsche Boxster already made its world debut, but it seems we will still have to wait to see its coupe sibling: the new Cayman. But, until we will get the final specifications on the Cayman one lucky guy has caught the car in action in a district of Stuttgart, Germany.
On the exterior the new Cayman will get the same exterior design language as the Boxster, so do not expect big changes in here. Under the hood there will be the same flat-six engine with direct petrol injection as the Boxster. In the base version the engine has a displacement of 2.7 liters and delivers a total of 265 HP, while the S version will get a 3.4 liter version with 315 HP.
The new generation Cayman will make its world debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Now that we have officially seen the Porsche Boxster, the next model to arrive will be the Cayman. Our impatience for the debut has gotten the better of us again, so we have released a rendering of the future sports car in its Cayman S version.
The new Cayman will feature a longer wheelbase that will provide for a roomier interior. Exterior and interior changes will be minimal, much like the ones seen on the new 911 and Boxster models.
As with the Boxster, the Cayman will be powered by a 2.7 liter engine that delivers a total of 265 HP, while the S version will get a 3.4 liter version with 315 HP. Both versions can be combined with either a manual six-speed gearbox as standard or a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option. The S version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds, while top speed will be in the 175 mph area.
Expect to see the new generation Porsche Cayman launched in the coming weeks.
One of our favorite parts of any auto show is seeing what the aftermarket industry has done to some of the finest vehicles in the world. At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we were completely floored by all the programs being displayed.
Whether it was the Lamborghini Aventador, the McLaren MP4-12C, or even a model like the BMW 3-Series, the tuning world was definitely well-represented in Geneva.
The list below highlights some of the most impressive programs we saw. Some came from some of the best tuners in the world and some came from some surprising tuners. Nevertheless, it all amounted to some pretty impressive sights. You can check out the list of vehicles that were given tuning programs and let us know which of these works you consider your favorites.
Check out the list of tuner cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump. Full story