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Porsche Cayman at L.A. Auto Show: Boxster brother gets sportier

Porsche Cayman at the LA Auto Show
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A This is of course what the new Porsche Cayman will do can also be recognized and largely share the body design with the Boxster. Only in the area of ​​the rear does the coupé version stand out more clearly from the convertible. There the closed mid-engine sports car carries the distinctive spoiler lip between the two rear lights, but comes with a significantly larger rear window and a flatter roofline. Identical to the convertible, on the other hand, are the shorter overhangs compared to its predecessor, the wheelbase that has grown by six centimeters to 2.475 meters and the widened track on the front and rear axles.

The new Porsche Cayman delivers 10 hp more than the Boxster

The situation is similar with the engines, because here too the Porsche Cayman, as usual, uses from the Boxster shelf. With 275 hp, the 2.7-liter six-cylinder boxer engine in the Cayman delivers ten hp more than in the Boxster, and the 3.4-liter unit for the Cayman S also gets ten additional horsepower with 325 hp. As in the Boxster, both engines are installed in front of the rear axle and equipped with a start /stop function and direct petrol injection.

The power transmission to the rear axle is handled by a six-speed manual gearbox, which, as usual from Porsche, only makes way for a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox for an additional charge. On the other hand, standard features for the new Porsche Cayman are the savings of up to 30 kilograms, according to its makers.

According to the factory specifications, the Porsche Cayman can sprint from zero to 100 km /h in 5.7 seconds, the S version in just 5.0 seconds. If PDK is on board, the values ​​shrink by 0.1 seconds each; with the Sport Chrono Package including Launch Control, the stopwatch should stop after 5.4 or 4.7 seconds, respectively. According to Porsche, the Cayman reached its top speed at 266 km /h, the Cayman S only at 283 km /h.

Despite the higher driving and engine performance, the consumption of the new Porsche Cayman is said to have decreased by up to 15 percent. According to the Zuffenhausen-based company, the two-seater is satisfied with an average of 7.7 to 8.8 L /100 km, depending on the equipment.

More driving fun, more equipment

Porsche promises more agility with the completely new body, which is even more rigid than the current Porsche Caymandeveloped chassis (McPherson design all around), the new generation of the PASM damper system and the new electromechanical steering. A rear differential lock and a ceramic brake system with brake discs with a diameter of 350 millimeters are also available for an extra charge. The Porsche Cayman maintains contact with the road through 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/45 tires at the front and 265/45 at the rear. The Cayman S is fitted as standard with 19-inch rims and 235/40 tires at the front and 265/40 tires at the rear. This means that the standard rims on both models have grown by an inch in diameter. 20-inch rims are optionally available.

In the interior, the new Porsche Cayman adheres to the design of its open brother. Its center console now also rises to the front, the three round instruments are equipped with a 4.6-inch additional display that can show the navigation map, among other things. New to the equipment list are the active cruise control (Adaptive Cruise Control), the Burmester sound system, keyless entry and the two-tone leather interior. For the rest of the special equipment, the Cayman can use the Boxster portfolio.

The new Porsche Cayman will celebrate its market launch in spring 2013. Prices for the Cayman start at 51,385 euros, the S model costs at least 64,118 euros.


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