Porsche has added two new special editions to its line up: the Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 and the Cayman S Sport, models both powered by a 3.4 litres engine that delivers 303 bhp.
Both new models come with a wide range of exclusive equipment highlighted by the particularly striking design of the car and will be available at the dealership as of early September.
The Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2 features 19-inch SportDesign wheels as standard, side air intakes, centre console and the dials on the three round instruments finished in white. Sporting grey stripes extending lengthwise along the body accentuate the brilliant white finish of the car in the same sophisticated style as the red rear lights.
For those folks who consider that their Porsche Cayman S isn’t sporty enough, Inden Design, a German tuning company, unveiled its customization programme for the well-known sports car. The programme includes a new exhaust system but also some ECU tweaking which adds 19 hp.
Also a new H7R sport springs system was added together with a new set of 19 inch alloy wheels. Until the launch of the Cayman S Spor t this programme might be a good alternative for the Cayman owners.
German Car Scene revealed new details about the upcoming facelifted versions of the Cayman and Boxster. Both models will go on sale in February 2009.
Like the Carreera and the Carera 4, the Boxster and Cayman will feature LED taillights, LED brake lights, LED rear fog light, dynamic cornering lights, CDR 30 with 5 inch screen and PCM 3.0 touchscreen.
Under the hood there will be two new engines: new DFI-engine generation for 3,4 l and new VC+ 2,9 l engine. PDK will also be offered in order to improve fuel economy.
Porsche will be continuing the successful cooperation on the production of the mid-engine models Boxster and Cayman with the Finnish manufacturing partner Valmet Automotive until the year 2012, thus fulfilling it contractual obligations. In a call for tenders, Porsche has chosen Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG, Graz, as future contract manufacturer. The Austrian enterprise secured the contract because it submitted the most financially attractive offer, and because it is in a position to take on development tasks for Porsche sports cars.
Holger P. Härter, Deputy Chairman of Porsche SE, and as Chief Financial Officer responsible for the allocation of commissioned production, comments: “Over the last eleven years, Valmet has built more than 200,000 sports cars of outstanding quality for us. Our decision not to continue our successful cooperation is in no way a vote against Valmet . Rather, it was the high development capacity and competence of our future partner that tipped the balance in favor of our new partner.”
Of course the Porsche Cayman has enough potential for a more powerful version, but is this really a future Cayman Turbo, or just a special edition that Porsche is about to unveil?
The Porsche Cayman is indeed a cheap Porsche (the MR2 from Stuttgart) and that’s the reason why the only hot ones we see are those made outside of the Porsche factory. Maybe this is the reason why last year some of the fantastic privateer Caymans on the grid were suddenly replaced with the RSR 911s. A "cheap" Porsche Turbo might not be something the company wants, but still the car is out there testing! So, what’s the explanation?
This video was taken during the opening ceremonies for the 2008 New York International Auto Show. Bryce Miller and the Farnbacher-Loles 911 GT3 Cup Car tear it up against Roger Garbow and the Farnbacher-Loles Porsche Cayman GTR.
With a 700 hp engine the RUF CTR3 is one of the fastest Porsche ever. And now here it is driving around the town! The CTR3 is priced at $400,000.
Starting with the Porsche Cayman body, RUF has utilized racing technologies first seen on its 911-based RT12 offering. Powering the CTR3 is a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six engine pumping out 700 bhp at 7,000 rpm with torque topping out at 657 lb-ft. To save weight its developers added several unique body panels made from lightweight aluminum and carbon-fiber as well as a new lattice tubing spaceframe.
Drive is sent to the wheels via a rumored seven-speed sequential automatic gearbox that’s said to allow the CTR3 to reach a top speed of 224 mph.