You know how press releases can sometimes play tricks on minds based on the content? We’ve been down this road before and it appears that we could be headed to it again.
Porsche recently released a press kit regarding their plans for the LA Auto Show next month and we found a little piece of nugget that points to a car making its world premier, one that features “impressive performance and dynamic looks, exuding unadulterated driving pleasure.”
Now, what that car could be is still anyone’s guess, but if you’ve paid close enough attention to their plans, we could be in store for the world debut of the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
This is all a matter of conjecture so don’t take our word for it just yet. But if you really think about it, the recent launch of the new 911 is usually quickly followed by the drop-top version. On top of that, Porsche’s immediate future - by ’immediate,’ we mean the next six months - includes a couple of releases, including the new Boxster, the face-lifted Panamera, and, it seems, the 911 Cabriolet.
So why are we holding out hope that we’ll see the 911 Cabriolet in Los Angeles next month? Consider these phrases - Impressive Performance. Dynamic Looks. Unadulterated Driving Pleasure - and think of the first Porsche machine that comes to mind.
If you thought about the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet, then you’re not the only one.
In any case, we’ll be sure to have more information as the La Auto Show draws closer.
The German sports-car manufacturer Porsche will be unveiling a new “mid-engined sports car” next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This new model will be shown along side two new 911 variants, the GTS, and the Speedster. We don’t have any official word on what this new model might be, but we believe it to be the new Cayman CS.
We have written numerous reports on the CS, which will be powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six with 333 horsepower. This model will feature the same characteristics as the Boxster, with lightness being the name of the game. Sources indicate that the CS should shed about 162 to 184 pounds from the stock vehicle. It will do this by ditching door handles and adding lightweight alloy wheels and aluminum body bits. This should make the CS one heck of a track day vehicle.
We should have the official information next week when the car is launched at the LA show.
Hit the jump to see the press release.
Back in 2005, Porsche was looking for something to slot in the middle of the 911 and the Boxster. It had to be pretty darn good, as the 911 is a legend among car fans and the Boxster was a hit for the automaker. What they came up with was the Cayman.
First launched in the 2006 model year, the Cayman is a coupe derived from Porsche’s second generation Boxster convertible, yet it looks like a 911 in the front. The name Cayman is an alternate spelling of caiman, a reptile in the same family as the alligator. Some thought the name came from the Cayman Islands, but that’s incorrect.
After the first generation Cayman was debuted and widely accepted, the second was introduced on February 21, 2009. The power was upped, the transmission was replaced, and the overall performance was vastly superior to the previous model. As an example, this baby 911 could hit 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.
UPDATE 12/08/2010: After the LA Auto Show came and went with the unveiling of the Porsche Cayman R, our hopes of seeing a Cayman Club Sport were just about dashed. However, in an interview with Autocar, chief of mid-engined cars, Hans-Jurgen Wohler confirms that the idea of producing a Cayman is still on the table giving us just the sliver of hope we need to hold on to the idea of a CS version for the Cayman.
Hit the jump to read about it.
The Porsche Boxster lineup saw the addition of a new member last December at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Boxster Spyder will tip the scales at 2,811 pounds becoming the lightest model in the entire Porsche range with sales beginning in February 2010, starting at $61,200. The Porsche Boxster Spyder is inspired by the legendary 550 Spyder, the first sports car from Stuttgart developed specifically with racing in mind that was also homologated for road use. The new sports car features a lightweight soft top, has a lower center of gravity for enhanced as well as an all new sport tuned suspension.
Mounted in the midship position, Porsche has placed a 3.4 Liter direct injected flat six ahead of the rear axle that delivers a total of 320 HP, 10 HP more than the current top of the line model in the Boxster lineup, the Boxster S, while still getting as much as 30.4 MPG. Like all the other current Porsche models, the Boxster Spyder comes equipped with a seven speed PDK gearbox and a Sports Chrono Package. This allows the Boxster Spyder to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 166 MPH.
Updated 01/29/10: Porsche revealed the official promotional video for the Boxster Spyder that will go on sale next week. Enjoy it!
Updated 03/24/2010: Porsche USA announced prices for the new Boxster Spyder: $62,150 including destination charge. Option list includes: Bi-Xenon lighting system with dynamic cornering lights for $1,560; 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) $3,420, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) $8,150; Sport Exhaust System $2,500 and PCM 3.0 including Extended Navigation $3,110.
UPDATE 08/08/2011: Check out our review of the Porsche Boxster Spyder by clicking here!
Press release after the jump.
For the past twelve years, the Boxster has been playing the chase-the-911 with its styling. Now the 2009 refreshed Boxster gets more of its own look, sorta. Instead of taking its styling cues from the 911, it looks a little more like the ultra-fast Carrera GT.
The new Boxster features a newly designed front and rear ends. The new halogen headlights with their integrated direction indicators are reminiscent of the lights on the Carrera GT, the new LED rear lights tapering out to the outside and integrated elegantly in the modified rear end of the car.
Under the hood, Porsche placed 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. Equipped with the PDK double-clutch gearbox, the sprint will be made 0.1 seconds faster.
As it turns out the increase in power will not mean worse fuel economy. The Boxster equipped with PDK averages 26.3 mpg, and 25.5 mpg for the Boxster S. That’s about a 4 mpg improvement from the Tiptronic automatic transmission cars.
Full details in the press release after the jump.
In an industry full of pretenders, one thing you can count on about Porsche is that they deliver.
The boys from Stuttgart’s latest offering is the new Porsche Boxster Spyder, arguably the lightest and fastest Boxster ever created. Powered by a modified 3.4-liter boxer engine, the new Boxster Spyder, which made its world debut at the LA Auto Show, produces over 320 horsepower and skyrocket from 0-60 mph in just a shade under five (4.8) seconds.
This new Boxster Spyder is the third incarnation of the Boxster Model following the previous Boxster and Boxster S line. Remember how everyone couldn’t wait to get their hands on one those Boxster models?
Well, judging from the awesome video highlighting Porsche’s new toy, we’re predicting that this one will have quite a following of its own.
The Porsche Cayman has always had a suspicious place in the Porsche lineup. The extra-potent "S" model comes very close to hitting performance figures of the base 911, at much reduced cost. But now that 2009 refreshening adds extra power to the Cayman, how will this stack up?
The second generation of the Cayman is making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show right along side its Boxster sibling. Just like the drop top, the 2009 Cayman is being offered in two versions: Cayman and Cayman S (the Cayman S Sport version goes away.)
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. 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.
As it turns out the increase in power will not mean worse fuel economy. The Cayman equipped with PDK averages 26.3 mpg, and 25.5 mpg for the Cayman S. That’s about a 4 mpg improvement from the Tiptronic automatic transmission cars.
Design improvements take cues from the V10 Carrera GT. The 2009 Cayman gets new front and rear ends with new halogen headlights with integrated direction indicators, new LED rear lights, new air intakes and new rear panels with a wind deflector plate.
Both the Cayman and the Cayman S will go on sale in February 2009 in Europe. It’s expected that the new Cayman will reach these shores soon afterward with only a marginal price increase.
Full details in the press release after the jump.
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.
Porsche, a company renown for its high-performance sports cars and sport utility vehicles (SUV), earlier this year showed the Cayenne SUV hybrid prototype to journalists from around the world, providing a glimpse of what the company will offer to consumers by the end of the decade. This new Cayenne and its technology will be spotlighted at Porsche’s display at this years L.A. Auto Show.
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is presenting drive concepts particularly friendly to the environment at the Los Angeles Auto Show starting on November 16, 2007: The highlight of this leading event at the Los Angeles Convention Center is of course the first appearance of the innovative Cayenne Hybrid in America. At the same time Porsche is also presenting a milestone in automobile development to the well-informed public attending the most significant trend show in North America with their great knowledge of history and technical development over the years: The electric-drive Lohner-Porsche from the year 1900, one of the world’s first zero emission vehicles and, accordingly, a forerunner for hybrid drive.
Porsche today announced that the 911 GT2 will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Also the company announced that the fastest production-911 of all times will be available as of February 2008 in the USA at a retail price of US$ 191,700.
In a region that thrives on extreme performance and style, Porsche has chosen Southern California’s Los Angeles Auto Show to host the world premiere of its latest thrill machine. The spiritual epicenter of American speed and style - home of hot-rods and Hollywood - L.A. is the perfect venue for the arrival of Porsche’s 2006 Cayenne Turbo S.