It was little more than logic that once Porsche dropped new-generation Boxster onto the market, the Cayman was the next one to be uncovered. Its world debut was made today at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and sales on the American market will begin in the Spring of 2013 a starting price of $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S. Prices do not include a destination charge of $950.
The problem is that the next-generation Cayman offers no surprises. The design language, interior and engine lineup, we have seen it all in the previously announced Boxster. When compared to the previous generation, the new Cayman is 66 lbs lighter and 15 percent more fuel efficient. Engine’s output has also been increased by 10 horsepower in the standard model and by 5 horsepower in the S version.
With all those updates is the new Cayman any better than the model it replaces?
Updated 04/08/2013: Porsche has unveiled a new video featuring Chief Driving Consultant, Gordon Robertson, exploring the "Power of Balance" in the all-new Porsche Cayman.
Updated 04/26/2013: Porsche has dropped a new commercial (above) for the latest Cayman sports coupe. Called "The world is a curve," the new commercial was produced in cooperation with Pixomondo. Enjoy!
After the Boxster got a little TechArt love, the German tuner turned its attention to the 2014 Porsche Cayman. TechArt offers a very nice aerodynamic kit that not only makes the car look better, but it also improves the car’s aerodynamic features.
For the exterior, the tuner is offering a new front spoiler with integrated splitter and for the rear, a new spoiler, a new diffuser and central end pipes for the new sport exhaust system. The car sits on a set of 21-inch light alloy wheels in either a classic five-spoke design or a dynamic twin-spoke design. Additionally, TechArt added in a new sport spring kit that lowers the car’s ride by 35 mm (1.37 inches).
The interior has also been updated with decorative stitching, lacquered surfaces, carbon-fiber trims and a three-spoke sport steering wheel with ergonomically mounted paddle shifters.
Click past the jump to get a closer look at the new TechArt kit.
The first rumors on a possible four-cylinder engine surfaced early in 2011. We initially thought it would be used on a new model placed under the current Boxster, but also on the future generations Cayman and Boxster. Though the third-generation Boxster has already been unveiled and it features no four-cylinder engine, the rumors continue to circulate.
According to a Porsche official, the four-cylinder engine is indeed being worked on, but it is still in "an early development phase." According to the same source, the development process will take about another three years, so don’t expect to see the new engine before 2016.
The new engine will share the same architecture with the six-cylinder engine used in the current models and should see use in the revised versions of the Cayman and Boxster set to go on sale in 2016.
With this news, we do need to add in a little clarity, as the Macan will be offered with a four-cylinder engine, but not the one that the source is referring to. Instead, it will use a 2.0-liter gasoline and a 2.0-liter common-rail diesel engine that Porsche fished from the VW parts bin.
Click past the jump to read more on the current Porsche Boxster
The German mid-engine sports car beat out the other finalists, which included the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT86 (all of which were combined as one entry). The win over two quality sports cars — especially over the Ferrari — really goes to show how far the new Boxster and Cayman have come over the years.
In its base format, the Boxster offers 265 horsepower from the 2.7-liter engine and 315 horsepower from the S model’s 3.4-liter engine. It is available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission to help get the power to the back wheels. This allows for a 0-to-60 mph time as low as 4.7 seconds.
The Porsche Cayman is offered with a 2.7-liter powerplant with 275-horsepower as standard and S model provides 325-horsepower out of its 3.4-liter engine. Just like the Boxster, it is available with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. When the 3.4-liter engine teams up with the PDK transmission and the Sport Chrono package, the car is capable of a 0-to-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds.
This marks the third time that the German automaker has won the award and marks back-to-back wins for Porsche. Last year, the Porsche 911 took top honors and the Porsche Cayman won the World Performance Car Award in 2006.
The new-generation Porsche Cayman was officially unveiled back in 2012, but unfortunately, it offered no major surprises. However, it looks like Porsche has learned about our disappointment and it is now considering a high-performance version for the tiny sports coupe.
Andreas Preuninger, chief engineer of the new 911 GT3 confirmed in a recent interview that a track-focused version for the new Cayman is already being tested, but a final decision on a production version is still to be made.
Rumors suggest that this new Cayman version could be in fact a GT3-style model for the mid-engine sports car, but a final name for the car remains a mystery. A slew of names come to mind when you think about it, including: GTS, GT2, GT3 and GT3 RS. One thing is for sure, however, if it makes production, it will be a more powerful, more aggressive and of course more expensive version of the current Cayman.
Stay tuned, we will keep you posted on this track-focused Cayman!
German tuner, RUF Automobile, unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show an updated 3800S kit based on the the latest-generation Porsche Boxster and Cayman models. The kit includes both exterior and engine upgrades and it is available now.
Under the hood, the model received an updated 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 5,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission and sends its all power to the rear wheels.
Once the job under the hood was done, the tuner continued with updating the exterior look. RUF is offering an aerodynamic kit that includes new front and rear bumpers, and an updated rear diffuser. The last piece of the tuning is the new set of alloys in a five-spoke design and painted in black.
The interior can also be upgraded with better quality materials, like Alcantara or carbon fiber.
Prices for the new kit will be announced at a later date.
When it comes to reviewing cars, Chris Harris does one of the most amazing jobs. Honestly, we’ll take his opinion over many other, more popular, shows. His ability to thoroughly thrash cars and give us an accurate review of just how good they are is astonishing.
The latest car he reviewed is a 2014 Porsche Cayman S. The test drive was performed in Portugal and, once again, it is one of most impressive reviews we have seen for the Cayman. He looks like he had all the fun in the world behind the wheel, and he was obviously very impressed by the car.
For those of you who do not remember, the Cayman S is the most powerful version in the Cayman lineup. It uses a 3.4-liter boxer-six with an output of 325 horsepower. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 175 mph.
Most of are likely focusing your attention of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show set to open tomorrow, but in people Europe are pretty busy preparing for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show set to start next month. The German tuner SpeedART has just revealed the first details on the SP81-CR, which is a tuning kit based on the new-generation Porsche Cayman.
The package starts with an aggressive body kit that includes a new carbon-fiber hood, new front spoiler, a new bumper, rear diffuser and a fixed rear wing. For the interior, customers can choose between numerous leather and Alcantara elements.
Under the hood, the flat-six-cylinder engine has been tricked to deliver 345, 360 or 400 horsepower, depending on the customer’s wishes. To make the engine sound even better than it already does, SpeedART also installed a center-mounted dual-exhaust system.
The final piece of the puzzle is a set of 21-inch wheels and an adjustable sports suspension.
Prices will be announced during its world debut in Geneva.
Well, that was fast! Days after Porsche unveiled its new Cayman and Cayman S, we now have rumors of a Cayman Turbo that is expected to debut at the IAA-Frankfurt 2013.
Any Porsche enthusiast knows that the “Turbo” badge signifies more power and a bigger price tag. Yes, there’s more power but with a catch. Unlike the 6-cylinder, boxer configuration of the Cayman S, the Turbo variant is expected to be powered by a smaller, turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine that is expected to produce more than 350 horsepower. We don’t think Porsche purists would be happy with this move as it will lose the iconic sound that is instantly recognizable as Porsche sports car, but at least the power is there.
With the downsizing trend becoming popular among top brands, the main aim is to bring more power while improving fuel efficiency, thanks to the rising fuel prices and concern for carbon emission. Looks like Porsche is expected to join that bandwagon with the Cayman Turbo and the Macan.
If this is true, it’s going to be funny trying to reason with a Cayman S owner why the Turbo is better.
For now, this is all we’ve got on the flagship Cayman. We’ll keep an eye out on this while we wait for its expected unveiling at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
This year’s edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show has witnessed some exciting and electrifying launches by most established brands.
Being one of the most important markets for the automobile industry, most car manufacturers see it fitting to debut their new models, variants and lineups in L.A. Every auto show has its stunners and duds, and some automakers just pull out ridiculous stuff to make us giggle – whether that giggle is intended or not is up for debate.
Sadly, the L.A. Auto Show’s biggest event is already over – the press days on the 28th and 29th of November – so we have pretty much seen everything that there was to see. The show does continue through December 6th, but those are general public days where the people that may actually buy these rigs can come and get a better look at them.
The L.A. Auto Show does, essentially, close the book on the 2012 auto show season, as just a few minor shows remain, but don’t fret; the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and its headliner – the C7 Corvette – are just around the corner.
To help ease the transition between the ending of the 2012 L.A. Auto Show and the beginning of the NAIAS, we bring you the top-5 cars launched at the soon-to-close L.A. Auto Show.