The Porsche Cayman Club Sport has been in the pipeline longer than any of us anticipated, but now it looks like the boys from Stuttgart are getting ready to give the lightweight Cayman its turn in the spotlight when it makes its official debut in the latter part of this year at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
The car, which is being prepped to become a lightweight version of the Cayman similar to how Porsche constructed the Boxster Spyder, is expected to be about 170 pounds lighter than the stock version of the Cayman S. In addition to that, the Cayman Club Sport is also expected to come with a 3.4-liter 334-horsepower engine that can reportedly clock a 0-60mph time of a little under five seconds (4.6 seconds).
More details are expected to be divulged when the lightweight Cayman makes its public debut in Los Angeles later this year. When it does make it to dealerships, the car is looking to be sold at around $66,330.
After hitting Porsche below the belt a few days ago with their controversial advertising stunt, Nissan decided that they weren’t quite finished expressing themselves. Their most recent scathing attack was aimed at their more stable competition, the Audi TT.
With cut throat competition in the sports coupe segment, Nissan has embarked on a serious marketing strategy of winning new European converts. This goal was evident in London, where the Japanese company took an Audi TTS bearing the slogan "More expensive, slower and less powerful than a Nissan 370Z" around the streets of London.
Adding salt to the wound, the branded Audi TT was trailed by another branded Porsche Cayman with the words "I dream of being as fast as a Nissan 370Z". Talk about being aggressive!
With Nissan’s changing fortunes, the company has been churning award winning vehicles, challenging even the top tier. The company has launched a series of media campaigns highlighting the fact that both sports cars are better in terms of performance yet cost less than their equivalent European rivals. According to Nissan’s marketing director, these campaigns are targeted to alter the perception that only German sports cars are the benchmarks for measuring performance and quality.
With all this rooftop declaration, we are sure you would be interested in the performance of the 370Z in relation to the German trio, so we have included a picture that displays these specs, courtesy of Nissan. Enjoy!
Called the Clubsport, the new version Cayman will be powered by the same 3.4 liter flat six engine only tricked to deliver between 320 and 330 HP. Engineers will also focus on reducing the car’s total weight as much as possible, most likely by applying the same treatment as with the Boxster Spyder. All of this will allow the Clubsport to make the 0-60 mph sprint in less than five seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph.
Next to the improved engine, the future Cayman Clubsport will also offer a sport suspension, a new brake system, a lower center of gravity, and Porsche’s latest PDK double-clutch gearbox. The base version will come equipped with the Sports Chrono package, while the high performance version will get an aerodynamic package.
Price will be in the $60K area (at the current exchange rates).
Earlier, at the Michelin Tuning and Bespoke auto manufacturer’s day at the Nurburgring in Germany, Porsche outfitter and tuning outfit, RUF, fetched along the mighty looking Ruf CTR 3 and allowed me a few passenger laps. Like all RUF models, the CTR 3 is Porsche based, but the origin of its chassis has never been disclosed. I suspect 60% of the chassis to be reconstructed from the front wing and slightly longer wheelbase to accommodate repositioning of the twin-turbo flat-six boxer engine. The CTR3’s ambition and heritage was to replace the now legendary 469bhp CTR ‘Yellow Bird’ and the 520bhp CTR2 that followed a decade later.
Using essentially the same motor as Ruf’s 911-based Rt 12, but with an additional 50hp, the CTR3’s 700bhp is supported by a jaw thumping 656lb ft of torque at 4000rpm. Therefore directing all the power to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gear box. This thrusts the CTR3 to 0-124mph in 9.6sec. However, no matter what the figures tell you, on the Nordschleife in Germany, I expected it to be restrained in the many uncompromising corners of the northloop.
This definitely was not the case. Immediately after leaving the car park and cruising down through Tiergarten, I realized this was no normal press lap. Hatzenbach and Quiddelbacher were a blur and I was overwhelmed by the power and low end lagless power delivered by the twin turbochargers.
The Porsche Cayman Interseries may not be one of the most popular racing series in the world, but if you’re a Porsche-loving fanatic, it’s about as close as it gets to enjoying all the Porsche Caymans your heart desires.
What makes it even more appealing, as far as a spectator is concerned, is that the car owners racing their Caymans are required to outift their cars with pre-selected classic liveries. What does this mean? It means that if you’ve been a fan of Porsche racing for a long time, you’re going to recognize all those timeless liveries that these Caymans are adorned in. From the Rothmans Porsche to the Gulf Oil Porsche to the Martinis Porsche to the LeMans 959; you can take your time checking out all the liveries you recognize. And for what’s it worth, the race itself was also pretty exciting.
It’s been a while since we last saw the RUF CTR3 in action, so when word got around that one of these rare supercars went out to stretch its legs on a race track, we just had to scoop up any form of video evidence of the CTR3.
Much to our delight, the car still looks insanely awesome and still comes with that unmistakable power underneath its hood. In case you’ve forgotten, the RUF CTR3 comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter flat six cylinder engine, which produces an output of 700hp at 7,000rpm. The car can also accelerate from 0-100 kmh in only 3.2 seconds and comes with a topspeed of 375 kmh.
Art. You either love it or you don’t...understand it. There’s really no middle ground.
Fortunately, some people have grown to love ’art’ and all of its complicated intricacies, even down to the seemingly mundane interpretations that actually have more to them than meets the eye.
Unfortunately, I am not one of them.
Take this 27-second video by Ron English, titled "How to Explain Art to a Dead Hare", for example. Combining a rabbit stuffed toy, prosthetic blood, and a Porsche Cayman, English takes all of 27 seconds to get his point across. Sadly, I wasn’t really paying that much attention to the little bunny, instead focusing intently on that shiny, white Cayman that lays waste to the rabbit after running it over. And yeah, I gotta give points for the fake blood too, but what’s with the eerie little girl singing in the background? You have to watch it to see what I’m talking about.
If you own a 2006-2008 Porsche Cayman, you might want to take a look at Techart’s Aerokit I program for your car. You may be surprised to find out that the tuner can improve both the car’s performance and its aerodynamics.
Starting with the exterior, the tuner is offering a front add-on spoiler, side skirts, a rear spoiler that reduces lift on the rear axle, and TECHART Formula wheels with sizes up to 20".
At the heart of this mid-engine sports car lies the displacement of 3.8 liters. The increase is facilitated by a bore enlarged to 99 millimeters with the corresponding larger special pistons and by the installation of a special crankshaft. The engine conversion also includes sports camshafts. A modified intake manifold with special air filter system and an aluminum header provide ample combustion air. The result is an output of 370 hp, a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph.
For the interior, the tuner is offering aluminum sport pedals and a Techart sport steering wheel coated in three types of leather. You can also receive illuminated door sill panels bearing your own signature.
It happens in Germany where the Boxster, Boxster S and Cayman, Cayman S models will be available with four new packages: Comfort, Infotainment, Design and Design Sport. The design packages come with exclusive options which were previously reserved for the Boxster Spyder.
Comfort package (2.606 euro) includes: Bi-xenon headlights including dynamic cornering light, dynamic range control, headlight washers and LED daytime running lights, wind deflector, automatic air conditioning, rain sensor, an embossed Porsche crest on the headrests and cruise control for automatic speed control.
The Infotainment package (3.141 euro) includes: Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with touch screen color display, RDS radio with dual tuner, CD / DVD drive and navigation module, Sound Package Plus with 7 speakers and 185 watts total output and mobile phone preparation with Bluetooth interface.
Design package, priced at 3.831 euro includes: 19-inch Boxster Spyder wheel painted in black, dual exhaust tip, roll bar painted in black, mirrors painted in black, air intakes painted in black, model logo painted in black and black air vent.
And finally the Design Sport package, priced at 6.747 euro adds to the Design package a new front lip spoiler and a modified rear spoiler.
It was only a few weeks ago the German sports car make Porsche unveiled the Boxster Spyder, an even lighter version of the entry level open air Stuttgart special. In order to make the Boxster even more competitive, Porsche’s engineers managed to ditch over 150 pounds sports car by using light weight material for larger body parts like aluminum doors before stripping it down to 1275 kg by removing the air conditioner and then the electrically operated convertible top.
Seeing as the new Spyder was such a success, Porsche plans to apply a similar treatment to the fixed roof version of the baby 911. The special edition sports car will be called the Porsche Cayman Club Sport and although there is no rag top opening actuators to get rid of the design team from Zuffenhausen has figured out a way to make up for it. Aside from the weight reduction, the Club Sport Cayman’s flat six will put down a total of 320 HP to the rear wheels, a factor that can quickly be translated into enhanced performance.