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.
Full breakdown in the press release after jump.
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.
Here’s a foreign product video of the newly launched Porsche Cayman . It may be a little product heavy and the figures are given in km/h instead of mph, but there are some cool high speed runs.
The Cayman is powered by a 2.9-liter flat-six boxer engine that delivers 265 hp (20 more than the previous model), and 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.
The Cayman is powered by a 2.9-liter flat-six boxer engine that delivers 265 hp (an increase of 20 hp); 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.
Boxster gets a 2.9-liter engine that delivers 255 bhp (an increase of 10 hp). The S version gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 310 hp (up 15hp). Mated to a the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the new Boxter makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds.
It has been a standing knowledge that Porsche has been planning to unveil the modified Boxster and Cuaman mid-engine sports cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. But, Porsche made it official recently, even though it failed to provide any pictures, the German manufacturer revealed in its Spartan press release that "both cars will come with Porsche’s new engine and transmission technology as well as many other significant technical and exterior refinements".
Besides some artistic modifications, the new 2009 Cayman coupe and Boxster roadster will show off extra powerful but also fuel-economical direct-injection engines with Porsche’s new double-clutch PDK gearbox that made its introduction on the recently altered 911s.
For the very first time also at an auto show in the US, Porsche will showcase in Los Angeles the original car to bear the name "Porsche," the celebrated, 60-year-old mid-engine 356 which has come to be identified simply as ’Porsche No.1’. The company’s LA Show display area will also highlight a Porsche 550 Spyder which is on loan from the special collection of Jerry Seinfeld.
A couple of weeks ago we sawleaked official images of the refreshed 2010 Porsche Cayman and Boxster . At that time we knew it didn’t mater much because the car would be in the flesh this month at the LA Auto Show. Now we have further proof that Porsche hasn’t shied away from the show, as these Caymans were caught coming out of cargo on the tarmac at LAX airport.
The new Cayman will feature redesigned front bumpers with LED lights and revised rear bumpers with new tail lamps. Like the 2009 911, the 2010 Boxster and Cayman will be offered with the new PDK dual-clutch transmission.