The staff of summer inters at TopGear America pulled a fast one on us. Remember the very strange looking Porsche Cayman shooting brake test car that was shot with a camera phone in some Italian back street? Well it was actually shot in an alley in Brooklyn, the car was a computer generated image that was created with Maya 3D drawing software, stitched together with Photoshop and then edited on Final Cut Pro to look like video from a mobile phone. They even went as far as to include a little hint that apparently no one caught on to, a Stig helmet tucked back behind the rear window.
There were three main masterminds behind the scheme. First was former TopGear.com America editor, Jared Holstein along with the renderings of Matt DuVall, a digital arts student at Savannah College of Art and Design and left to manipulate the media was Jon Masters, a master’s student in media studies at the New School in New York City. Holstein guided DuVall through some very meticulous details, like official Porsche development wheels, a front bumper that mimics the Porsche mule car as well as the same license plate number that the German automaker uses.
Once the digitally enhanced video was produced, Holstein planted it on the TopGear.com America web site while summer intern, Jon Masters, began to post links in various Porsche enthusiast sites as well as the major Automotive online media. Masters then went so far as to create a fake screen shot from Forza 3 and then linked that to other videogame websites, “It was originally posted on a Czech Forza fan site — in Czech to add a layer of deception and plausibility,” Mr. Holstein said. The group claim to have been testing the abilities of digital media as a way to introduce new designs and get a public reaction to a new figure that would traditionally take an automaker a lot of time, money and research to figure out. We’re still saying that they were trying to pull a fast one on us.
The gentlemen from iMotor have jusst put two of tje best sports cars on the market against one another in a head to head competition. From Nissan, the 370Z is powered by a 3.7 Liter VQ37VHR engine with VVEL and is rated at 332 HP at 7,000 RPM and 270 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 RPM. While the Porsche Cayman S is powered by a 3.4 Liter flat six engine cranking out 320 HP. Despite the Porsche’s nature as a more pure driver’s car, there is just something about the 370Z that makes it stand out in the fun to drive category.
From the photo you will notice the absence of b-pillar and bright paint work, perhaps the makings of a concept car. However it does look like something that the modified car specialists at Rinnspeed would have dreamed up. Either way we will get back with more details as soon as they come in.
Speculators suggested that this would be an all new model for the German sports car maker’s lineup; a shooting brake to go along with the new open air roadster. But alas, the truth has surfaced about the modified Cayman’s true nature. It turns out that there was a large metal hatch underneath the canvas tent, but this is no future production model. Instead the Cayman Shooting Brake was specially developed for the virtual world with a starring role in the Forza Motorsport 3 racing videogame.
Just because the Porsche Shooting Brake is destined for Xbox’s instead of highways, it doesn’t mean that an actual production model is impossible. Consider the GT by Citroen ; this car existed exclusively in the realm of Gran Turismo before the French automaker even considered an actual full scale working model. These days videogames are an important part of an automaker’s market research, the driving simulators give consumers a chance to familiarize themselves with sometimes unconventional automobiles’ physical and performance characteristics in a fun environment that can end up creating an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm about the new vehicle without ever having to stamp any sheet metal.
When you say Porsche you think about six-cylinder engines. But now the company is considering a four-cylinder engine for the Cayman and Boxster models. The decision has been made in order to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
The announcement has been made by Klaus Berning who said that more economical versions of the Boxster and Cayman were on the way: "Clearly there is a trend to downsizing. We have to do everything possible within the brand limits to lower CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. [A four-cylinder] brings a lot of efficiency, so I will not exclude that, but if you ask me did we already decide one, no."
The same rule will not be applied to the 911 line-up because "911 is the core of the brand and follows different rules to the rest."
Everyone loves Porsche’s backwards engineered sports cars for their amazing handling abilities as well as their excellent overall performance. So the only thing that we like more than a good Porsche is a new Porsche. That is exactly what you are looking at here. The Porsche Cayman seen in the spy photo is a bit wider than what we are used to seeing and features even more bulging arches, but it is the clearly bolted on fender flares and haphazardly fitting tailpipe that hints to this car’s true identity as a test mule. Despite the exterior that looks just like the current Cayman, we are speculating that the big differences consist of things that you cannot see.
We expect the next generation Cayman to carry a PDK unit similar to Porsche’s current double clutch setup. However there is no word as to what will power the future entry level Porsche. Will the company stick with their traditional horizontally opposed six cylinder engine, or will they take advantage of the new VW/Porsche union and go for a version of the TFSI turbo four? Either way, the next Porsche Cayman is guaranteed to be an excellent compact sports car.
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Now that Porsche has launched the refreshed Cayman , its time to start make some special editions. By October a lightweight Clubsport model will be the first version to be added to the new Cayman’s lineup.
The previous Cayman had an S Sport version that appeared earlier this year. Where that model was used to celebrate an anniversary and gave a 8 hp bump (303 in total), the Clubsport should be a focused racer. The Clubsport will go on a strict diet and remove unnecessary interior pieces and accessories, as well as utilize lighter body panels. The total weight savings should be about 220 lbs, which represents about seven percent of the car’s total mass.
The engine shouldn’t change from the Cayman S’s 320 hp 3.4-liter flat six with direct injection. A six-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential will be standard, should also be standard. The extra weight savings should shave off a few tenths off the Cayman S’s 0 to 60 time of 4.9 seconds.
Porsche USA announced pricing on the new 2009 Boxster and Cayman . Both models will go on sale in March. Prices will start from $46,600 Boxster and $56,700 for the Boxster S, while for the Cayman prices will start from $50,300 for the base version and $60,200 for the Cayman S. All of this pricing reflects about a two percent increase to the little Porsches, but the added horsepower and features should help make amends.
The 2009 Boxster 2.9-liter flat-six engine that delivers 255 bhp (an increase of 10 hp over 2008), and the S version gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 310 hp (up 15hp). The Cayman gets the same 2.9-liter boxer engine but gets 265 hp (an increase of 20 hp); the Cayman S gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 320 hp (25 hp more). When any of these cars are mated to the new PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, the fuel economy improves an average of four percent over previous models equipped with Tiptronic transmissions.
Here are new images of the 2009 Cayman S . No new info, but now you can see all the colors available. The Cayman S gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 320 hp (25 hp more). The Cayman S with PDK dual-clutch automatic and Launch Control can do 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. That’s a 0.2 second improvement from the previous Cayman S and is within 0.2 seconds of the published figures for the base 911.