Porsche has proudly unveiled the third generation Cayman at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new Cayman aims once more to set the class benchmark for driving performance, its longer wheelbase, all-new chassis and lower weight further optimising the established dynamic credentials of the mid-engined sports coupe.
Since its debut in 2005, the Cayman has earned a particular reputation as a driver’s car. For the latest model, the two-seater has been newly-developed from the ground up and - after the 911 Carrera and Boxster roadster - is the third sports car model series from Porsche to feature innovative lightweight body design.
Consequently, the new Cayman is up to 30 kg lighter than the prior model, depending on the specific version and equipment, and offers up to 15 per cent greater fuel efficiency- despite its increased engine output and driving performance
The new Cayman is more distinctive than ever. Its proportions are new, and yet it is clearly a Porsche sports coupe; an extended wheelbase with shorter overhangs and 18- or 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. Porsche offers two exceptional flat six ‘boxer’ engines in the Cayman, a 2.7-litre and 3.4-litre, which both combine ample torque with high power in the upper engine rev range. One consequence of this high-revving concept is that although the 2.7-litre has a 0.2-litre reduction in engine displacement compared with the previous 2.9-litre unit, it still develops a higher power output.
The interior of the new Cayman continues the current trend established by current Porsche sports cars and adds significant appeal to the sports coupé. This also applies to its new optional features: for the first time, a high-end Burmester sound system can be ordered which is individually tuned for the Cayman. Another new and optional feature is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
A particular interior ambiance is created by the optional bi-colour leather packages that can be delivered; the base colour Agate Grey may be combined with Lime Gold, Gravel Grey or Amber Orange.
The centre console that ascends towards the front with its motorsport-inspired high-set gear lever gives the driver the feeling of being fully integrated with the car. Controls for key vehicle operation functions and settings are arranged in logical groupings on the centre console, laid out for quick and intuitive control of individual functions.
The standard CDR audio system features a seven-inch touchscreen display that is centrally located further upwards and is easy to see and offers convenient access to many different functions.
The new Porsche Cayman made its first public appearance at the 2012 LA Auto Show on November 28 ahead of arriving in Porsche Centres in March 2013. The Cayman is priced from £39,694 (€68,460 in Ireland), and the Cayman S priced from £48,783 (€84,136 in Ireland).
Standard equipment on the Cayman includes air conditioning, CD audio with seven-inch touch-screen control interface, universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity, automatic headlight activation, auto stop-start function, electronic parking brake, ‘Sport’ button, 18-inch alloy wheels, top tinted windscreen, floor mats and a three year warranty. In addition to the more powerful, larger capacity engine, the Cayman S adds 19-inch alloy wheels, partial leather interior, and Bi-Xenon headlights.