All-new Porsche Cayman: Still not a 911, but...
The latest addition to the family takes much the same route as the others, both dynamically and aesthetically – and while the styling isn’t exactly revolutionary, nip-tuck treatments have given it a more muscular appearance. The wheelbase is stretched, the (larger) wheels are pushed further towards the corners, and overall it makes a stronger suggestion about the new car’s driving character – for which, of course, the first Cayman was highly commended.
A wider track at both axles promises increased cornering stability and agility, and the optional PDK dual-clutch gearbox has a mode which prevents upchanges during instances of controlled power oversteer. Like its predecessor, two flavours are available from launch: the 2.7-litre entry-level model with 271bhp, or the 3.4-litre S with 321bhp, both in Porsche’s signature flat-six configuration.
Despite having more power than their forebears, both have in fact had their engine capacities reduced by 0.2 litres. This – along with overall weight reductions, smart energy recuperation systems and a switch to electro-mechanical steering – equates to economical improvements of around 15% across the range.
New additions to the options list include Adaptive Cruise Control, a keyless entry and engine start function, and a 12-speaker sound system developed by Burmester. Pricing information will be revealed at a later date.