We got sideswiped just a little at the Los Angeles Auto Show when Porsche unveiled the Cayman R, a vehicle said to be the most powerful mid-engined Cayman ever, as opposed to the CS version that we expected. Don’t get us wrong; it wasn’t a complete letdown, but it just wasn’t what we expected in terms of power and performance. Thankfully, chief of mid-engined cars, Hans-Jurgen Wohler, is giving us that sliver of hope we need in order to keep ours dreams of the Cayman CS alive.

In an interview with AutoCar, Hans-Jurgen Wohler said:
“We now have a new CEO in Matthias Müller and he has some ideas. This is the decision of the board: which car line, which direction."

During this interview he also explained why the Cayman R came out before the Cayman Club Sport. Wohler said: "Use the example of the Boxster Spyder. It’s very ‘sharp’, and you only reach certain volumes with the positioning of that car. With the Cayman R, the day-to-day usability is really another world compared with the Spyder. But a CS version of the Cayman would be like the Spyder in the positioning."

A final decision has yet to be made, but the fact that the Cayman CS is still being talked about as a possibility bodes well for those of us willing to wait for it a bit longer.

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Source: Autocar

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21 comments:

  (447) posted on 03.30.2011

I don’t know if Im going to praised the. Well, I think Porsche is getting confident because they manage to be idle while the competition in the market is getting tougher. However, I have a positive thought for Cayman.

  (212) posted on 03.25.2011

Not really, the good thing about Porsche is that they come up with wide variety of choices from engine performance and design. And we have to admit that Porsche brand is quite expensive.

  (762) posted on 03.11.2011

Definitely Cayman is beautiful but I think its underpowered compare to their SUV model. People though buying it because of the name and the history and not about the performance.

  (613) posted on 02.7.2011

tuner’s upgrades are concentrated on the Cayman 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer which benefits from a remapped engine controller, optimized turbochargers, a sport air-filter, new air-intake and a valve-controlled sport exhaust system along with sport catalysts.

  (692) posted on 02.7.2011

I think this thing would be at the top of my bucket list. I’ve only driven a 911 turbo so I can’t imagine how much more fun this could be but if I had to go, it would be maxing this thing out with a big "oh sh!t" grin on my face.

  (504) posted on 02.6.2011

It looks great, but only with the top down. The cloth top isn’t doing it for me. I’d much rather have the coupe.

  (859) posted on 02.6.2011

I’m not a fan of the styling. I don’t like the rising contour lines. It looks too much like an old man’s house loafer. Or one of those "souped up" cars from the 70s with ridiculous rear lifts.

  (473) posted on 02.3.2011

Underpowered compared to what? And before you answer, be ready to back it up with power-to-weight ratios.

  (434) posted on 02.3.2011

You got me. I’m going completely off of perceived power differences relative to the 911. Obviously, the price differential contributes to that too.

  (1333) posted on 12.15.2010

Agree with Scratch996! I will take the 200 lbs weight reduction over HP increase in a Cayman anyday. Its so much more about corner exit speed and the ability to go deep into breakzones all day long over hp.

  (808) posted on 12.14.2010

I guess there will be a regular version and an R version of the cayman... and good thing porsche didn’t let the cayman die.

  (807) posted on 12.14.2010

I’m a bit confused on this. What denotes the "R" badging as opposed to Club Sport? When Porsche did previous Club Sports they were essentially much the same as the Boxster Spyder and Cayman R in that the content was decontented and the package lightened.

  (765) posted on 12.13.2010

The thing I think Porsche needs to realize, is that enough people realize the potential behind a Cayman, and those people would *probably* pay for the full potential. I believe a $80k hardcore Cayman wouldn’t cannibalize 911 sales. But it may cannibalize GT3 sales...

  (555) posted on 12.13.2010

Interesting to see a CS variant of the Porsche Cayman. Looking forward to seeing official pictures of it.

  (507) posted on 12.12.2010

Of course, this all remains speculation for now. With less than a week until the opening of the LA Auto Show, all will be revealed soon enough.

  (69) posted on 12.10.2010

This Porsche is looking like a sleepy car. It has a shape that doesn’t want to bother anyone!

  (111) posted on 12.10.2010

The green is such a beautiful color that on an "already looking like a frog car" it makes it like half step in there! smiley

  (798) posted on 12.9.2010

well i guess they’ve got a lot of surprises for the new cayman. dang I cant wait for its final release.

  (460) posted on 12.9.2010

so i guess we have to wait for its presence again. but it looks great with those kind of paint job. also the smoke lenses are very distinct and elegant.

  (69) posted on 12.9.2010

Seems like the makes of these gas ing things, are painting them in green to make them more green! News flash for you people. They still do 10 miles per gallon! Improve the engines and leave the green color to some green cars!!!

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