Porsche’s new Cayman is more impressive and classier than any car Cayman ever made. It has all-new proportions and feature an extended wheelbase with shorter overhangs and 18 and 19-inch wheels with larger rolling circumference. Its styling is marked by precise lines and razor-sharp sculpted edges. They emphasize the car’s low, extended silhouette with the windscreen shifted forward and the roof line that reaches far back. The door mirrors are now positioned near the top shoulder. 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 visualization of the basic concept of the mid-engine. 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. Integrated in the front are the round front lights with four-point daytime running lights or position lights, an unmistakable identifying feature of the new Cayman.
At the upper end of the rear window, an LED brake light spanning the entire window width warns traffic behind. Mounted directly to the rear lid is the thin blade of the rear spoiler. The spoiler sits higher than the one on the Boxster. It also deploys at certain speeds to improve rear wheel traction. The Cayman is now more independent compared to the Boxster thanks to the new design twitches. In its new lightweight body design, Porsche only uses steel where it is essential. On the other hand, wherever lightweight metals can be used, they are the preferred choice. Around 44 per cent of the new Cayman body-in-white consists of aluminium. Compared to the previous model, aerodynamic lift was further reduced at both axles, which leads to greater driving stability at high speeds. Among other features, a new front spoiler lip significantly reduces front axle lift. At the rear axle, the new rear wing combined with a spoiler lip running across the entire width also makes a crucial contribution towards reduced lift.
Unique side profile
The Porsche Cayman comes with a 2.7litre flat-six cylinder engine with 271hp. Married to the engine is a six-speed manual transmission or an optional Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). Power is sent to the rear wheels to enable the Cayman to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.7 seconds with manual transmission or 5.6 with PDK. Top speed is an impressive 266km/h with a manual transmission and 264km/h with PDK. Fuel consumption is pegged at 8.2litres per 100km with the manual transmission or 7.71litres per 100km with PDK. The top of the range Cayman S comes with a 3.4litre flat-six cylinder engine with 320hp. Married to the engine is either the six-speed manual transmission or the optional PDK. 0 to 100km/h takes 5 with the manual transmission or 4.9 seconds with the PDK. Top speed is an impressive 283km/h with the manual transmission and 281km/h with PDK. Fuel consumption is 8.8litres with manual transmission or 8.0litre with PDK. Just like the normal Cayman, power is sent to the rear wheels. The wide track in both axels plus, the position of the engine and larger diameter tire offer better grip and handling while cornering. The new Cayman rides on ride on wheels and tyres that are now one inch larger in diameter than on the previous models come with 18 or 19 inch wheels. Optional 20-inch wheels are available for the Cayman S. There are 20-inch Carrera Classic and new 20-inch Sport Techno wheels. Behind the wheels are new stiffer front brake calipers and an optimized brake pad design that offers a larger brake contact surface. The Carrera S come fitted with brakes from the 911 Carrera. To improve safety in traffic and provide a better warning to vehicles behind, the brake lights of all Cayman models pulsate as soon as ABS control is activated.
Sophisticated rear design
Inside the driver focused interior has an ascending center console with numerous controls. The standard CDR audio system comes with a seven-inch touchscreen that is centrally located further upwards. It’s easier to use and offers convenient access to many different functions. The three classic round instruments of the Cayman model series with a centrally positioned tachometer and an ignition switch to the left of the steering wheel make the connection to a familiar cockpit environment. A new 4.6-inch VGA multifunction screen in the instrument panel shows information from the trip computer and map display. The driver and passenger sit on new sport seats. They offer very good comfort for long-distance touring and very good lateral support for a dynamic style of driving. The standard sport seats have mechanical fore-aft and height adjustments, and the backrests are electrically adjustable. The optional sport seat plus system offers even greater lateral support with larger side panels on the seat cushions and backrests.
Driver focused cockpit
They also have a more pronounced sculpting in the shoulder area. Optional electric sport seats and adaptive sport seats with memory function are also available. The large wheelbase offers better access to the rear bootspace and has also improved interior space. A luggage partition bar that is also made of brushed aluminium laterally spans the space behind the head restraints. Entertainment is taken care of by a powerful Burmaster audio system. Sound comes from 12 individually controlled loudspeakers and a 140mm diameter subwoofer integrated into the spaceframe of the car. The subwoofer and speakers are hooked up to a 300Watt amplifier that brings the total output to 800Watts. Prices for the new Cayman and Cayman S to be announced soon.