German wheel manufacturers, ICW, have released an all-new design exclusively for selected Porsche models. The twin-five-spoke design, dubbed the i-BI, was inspired by dynamism and power, and is meant to evoke what ICW calls “optical sophistication”. Whatever that may be, one thing is for certain, they look a lot like the current GT3 wheel – with a bit more menace. The wheels themselves are milled from a single block of billet Aluminum making them strong and lightweight – two of the most functional aspects of a performance wheel. Fitment does require the use of high-tensile adapters to get the deep dish look without the nasty rubbing that can sometimes occur. Applications include the Porsche Boxster , Cayman , 911 , or Panamera and will shortly include the Audi R8 and others. Customers have the choice of 18 or 19 inch options, in either hyper silver or matte black. Pricing starts from €244 per corner which is really not bad considering other options for these cars start at around the €300 mark.
Compared to a standard Cayman S , the CS version will be 162-184lbs lighter and will feature aluminum doors, fabric door pulls, lightweight hatch, optional lexan window and 19" unique lightweight wheels.
The CS packet also includes: sport bucket seats, revalved steering assist, locking rear differential standard, uprated brakes (optional), restylized front fascia, Cayman Club Sport side graphics, Rear diffuser, Ducktail-style larger rear spoiler (fixed), Club Sport Insignia badging in interior and optional "Track Pack", includes partial roll cage, harness and fittings plus fire extinguisher.
Under the hood there will be a 3,4 liter engine that will deliver 333 HP. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4,6 seconds.
We’ve all been there; riding along in your lowered ride, enjoying the day, when all of a sudden - Thump, Scraaaaaape. Another victim of that darn speed bump. It’s moments like these that make the driver wish he had a higher car. And it’s situations like these that have made TechArt got to the trouble of preparing a new noselift system that can offer 60 mm of additional height at the front spoiler. This system can be applied to models like the Porsche Boxster , the Cayman , and the 911 .
The TechArt Noselift System is activated by a convenient little button located in the roof console of the Boxster and in the center console of the Cayman. The noselift system, including that convenient little button, is installed with EMC-safe electronic control units and vehicle-specific wiring harnesses. High performance test procedures are followed to ensure that, when that button is pressed, the car smoothly and silently adjusts its height to a safer level for those nasty little speed bumps and ramps.
Press release after the jump.
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.
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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.