The new Porsche Cayman is having its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third generation of the Cayman has been completely new developed. The car is now lower, longer, wider, lighter and faster! The new Cayman is up to 30 kg lighter, depending on the specific model and equipment, and it consumes up to 15% less fuel per 100 km than the previous model.
The new generation of the 2-seat mid-engine sports car is debuting in two variants: the Cayman and the Cayman S. The base model is powered by a 2.7-litre flat six-cylinder engine with 275 hp (202 kW). It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, depending on the equipment, and reaches a top speed of 266 km/h. Its NEDC fuel consumption lies between 7.7 l/100 km and 8.2 l/100 km, depending on the selected transmission.
The 3.4-litre engine of the Cayman S produces 325 hp (239 kW); the best possible acceleration from 0-100 km/h is 4.7 seconds with appropriate features. The Cayman S can reach a top speed of 283 km/h, and its NEDC fuel consumption value lies between 8.0 l/100 km and 8.8 l/100 km, depending on the selected transmission.
Both variants of the new Cayman are equipped with standard 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK).
Porsche is also upgrading the Cayman with new optional features. For example, the sport coupé is now available with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) for the first time, which controls the distance to the car ahead in traffic and vehicle speed similar to the Volvo cars. More options like a specially developed Burmester sound system, keyless Entry & Drive system are also available.
The new Cayman is more distinctive than ever. Its proportions are new, and yet it is clearly a Porsche sport coupé; an extended wheelbase with shorter overhangs and 18- and 19-inch diameter wheels with larger rolling circumference are identifying visual characteristics of the car’s more enhanced driving performance. Its styling is marked by precise lines and razor-sharp sculpted edges. They emphasise the car’s low, extended silhouette with the windscreen shifted forward and the roof line that reaches far back. Especially expressive and characteristic are the dynamic recesses in the doors, which guide induction air into the distinctive air scoops on the rear side panels and then directly to the engine. This offers the most prominent visualisation of the concept of a mid-engine car.
From the front end, the new Cayman is marked by its dominant cooling air inlets, which increase in size towards the sides of the car. Just as unique to the new generation of the sport coupé are the large, low rear lid made of aluminium and the rear section with its wrap-around edges. Mounted directly to the rear lid is the thin blade of the rear spoiler, which – in contrast to that of the Boxster – is higher and deploys at a steeper angle. The overall appearance of the Cayman is more independent than before, and it is well-differentiated from the previous model.
Lastly, the new Cayman generation is scheduled to be available in Malaysia in Q2 2013.
Photo Gallery: 2013 Porsche Cayman
YouTube: The new Cayman. First exclusive look.