Having announced the fastest version at launch last year, Porsche are now making amends by revealing the car simply titled 'Cayman' that will enjoy the 245 bhp 2.7 litres six-cylinder motor of the Boxster. Fear not for the performance, it's still capable of a top speed of 160mph.
With manual transmission the new car accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds, but strong performance need not always mean poor economy as, according to European standards, it consumes on average only 30.4mpg (9.3 litres per 100 kms).
The Cayman develops a torque of 273 Newton metres available between 4,600 and 6,000rpm. Power is transmitted via a five-speed manual transmission as standard, however a six-speed manual transmission in conjunction with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is also available on request. As a third variant, Porsche offers Tiptronic S five-speed automatic transmission, which has rocker switches on the steering-wheel spokes for manual over-ride of the gear shifting.
The Cayman rides on 17-inch light-alloy wheels of a unique design with five double spokes, fitted with 205/55 tyres on 6.5-inch wide wheel rims at the front; the combination at the rear is 235/50 tires on 8-inch rims. Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system is fitted as standard.
The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is available as an optional extra. The chassis ride height is lowered by ten millimetres, and the shock-absorber system automatically adapts to each particular driving situation. The driver can choose between the "normal" and "sport" programs by pressing a button on the centre console.
The Cayman can be further indentified by its black brake calipers, black front-spoiler lips, a titanium-coloured logo at the rear and also a trapezoidal tailpipe. The interior boasts a comprehensive range of standard features including an air-conditioning system, a radio/CD player, seat covers in Alcantara leather, black-faced instrument dials and door entry trims with the Cayman logo. Because of the mid-engined concept, it has two luggage compartments with a combined volume of 410 litres, just like its big brother, the Cayman S. Along with many other storage features, this attribute highlights the sports coupé’s practicality.
The Cayman goes on sale in the UK and Ireland on 29 July and will be priced from £36,220.00 including a Porsche Driving Experience programme. The European base price is 47.647 Euro.
Text: Classic Driver
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