May 23rd 2005. Porsche today revealed the first official images of its anxiously awaited new sports car - the 2006 Porsche Cayman S. Based on the Boxster series, the two-seat coupe incorporates dramatic new styling, a powerful 295 hp (SAE) engine, and features and options made popular by Porsche's current range of sports cars. It is positioned and priced between the Porsche 911 Carrera and Porsche Boxster S.
While easily recognizable as a member of the Porsche sports car family, the Cayman S has its own distinctive look. Among its unique styling features are its dynamic new coupe silhouette, aerodynamic upper windshield sill, curvaceous rear fenders, fog lamps integrated into the front air intakes, exclusively designed side air intakes, automatically extending rear spoiler, and newly styled dual sport tailpipes. Beneath the new model's distinguishing hatchback is a rear storage area twice the size (9.2 cu. ft.) of that found in the Boxster.
The Cayman S's muscular 3.4-liter, flat-six cylinder engine propels the car from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 5.1 seconds and to a top track speed of an impressive 171 mph. The engine is equipped with the same VarioCam Plus variable valve timing system as found on the 2005 911 Carrera. It allows the engine to produce its maximum torque of 255 ft. lbs. between 4,200 and 6,000 rpm.
This engine power is transmitted through the Boxster S's standard six- speed manual transmission that has been enhanced for the Cayman S with shortened and more precise shift travel. Offered as an option, the five-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission system has been tuned specifically for the new model, incorporating unique electronic and hydraulic control maps.
Handling and safety are enhanced with the fitting of 18-inch wheels and tires and the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system as standard equipment. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which allows the driver to select between the comfort of a grand touring car and the track- ready precision of a genuine high-performance sports car at the touch of a button, is available as an option.
The Cayman S will go on sale in the United States and Canada in mid January of 2006 at a price of $58,900 US and $83,900 CDN. The basic price for the Cayman S In the UK will be £43,930 including VAT, and standard equipment will include leather interior and top tinted windscreen.
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