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.
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.
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.
After being teased for quite some time, RUF ’s new CTR3 Clubsport finally made its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Built as an evolution of the standard RUF CTR3 , the new Clubsport version features some of the classic 1950s styling cues that were itching to get on a more modern interpretation.
The RUF CTR3 Clubsport has received a carbon fiber treatment on the fenders, door sills, rear deck lid, and the roof mounted air-duct to add a little flair to the already impeccable Cayman tuning package. A functional rigid rear spoiler also provides the car with more stability while driving at high speeds, which is a necessity in a vehicle such as this.
Powering the RUF CTR3 Clubsport is a twin turbocharged 3.8 liter flat six cylinder engine with an output of 750 HP at 7100 rpm and a peak torque of 708 lb-ft at 4000 rpm - that’s an increase of 50 HP over a standard RUF CTR3. The engine is mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox and can sprint the car up to an impressive top speed of 229 mph.
Spending the day at the Nurburgring race track can be a dream come true and if you get the chance to see the coolest cars together as they whip around the track, then that dream intensifies to another level. You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Just take a look at this video.
A very lucky Youtube member, SpotterGijs, was at the right place at the right time. More precisely, he was at the Nurburgring race track on a day when a ton of Porsche models decided to meet for a "little" reunion. This gave him the opportunity to catch all of them creating an amazing engine symphony in one amazing video. The list of cars includes: 964 Carrera RS, 996 GT2 ,996 GT3 RS , Carrera GT , Cayman R , 997 GT3 RS , 997 GT2 , and lots more. We hope you’ll enjoy the video!
Porsche just unveiled the new generation Boxster which means the next to arrive will be the Cayman . From the looks of these spy shots, the sports car is just about ready, but this prototype has a few secrets to tell before its official debut.
These images of the future Cayman were shot in a city in Germany while the vehicle was testing, and not only reveal some of the exterior, but a first closeup of the interior as well. As expected, the interior will be very similar to that of the recently revealed Boxster, but it was covered up enough to hide the perks that we’re sure are there. Maybe we’ll even see the high-resolution 4.6-inch TFT color screen the Boxster just received to display its on-board computer, communication, audio settings, and navigation system.
As for the exterior changes, they will be minimal and will include an updated front fascia and new headlamps. What Porsche will really be focusing on is what’s found under the hood. The Cayman’s dimensions will grow and it will be offered with the same engine lineup as that of the Boxster: a 265 HP 2.7 liter engine for the base version and a 315 HP 3.4 liter engine for the S version. Both will be offered with either a manual six-speed gearbox as standard or a PDK available as an option.
Facebook’s popularity has skyrocketed so it only makes sense for companies to take full advantage of the reach social media has to gain some attention for themselves. Porsche is diving into that headfirst with a special edition dedicated to the growing number of "fans" for their Facebook page. These images show a unique Cayman S decorated with the faces of Porsche’s first two million "fans."
Porsche sent out requests to their fans, asking permission to use their profile pictures as part of the design of the Cayman. Following this fan-based mosaic, the company went on to have their fans vote for their favorite historic racing livery. When the fans spoke, they chose the iconic Porsche 917 K with the red-white Salzburg livery, known best for delivering Porsche’s first overall victory in Le Mans with Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann behind the wheel.
Porsche’s Cayman S tribute to their first two million Facebook fans will be on display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart until January 27, 2012. If you look real close, maybe you’ll be able to find your picture!