Report: Porsche Cayman Targa in the works

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 24, 2011

Earlier today we told you that Porsche is planning to introduce an entry-level sports car, which will be powered by the new four-cylinder engine that the German manufacturer is currently building. The most interesting thing we found out today, is that Porsche is working on a targa version of the Cayman… yes, a Cayman Targa, which will have removable roof panels as in the 911, will soon hit the market.

Moreover, Porsche CEO Mathias Mueller said that the company is also considering Panamera derivates but he did not five any details – anyway, a convertible or a coupe have been rumored.

Furthermore, Porsche is also working on a smaller SUV dubbed Cajun, which will be based on the Audi Q5. Still, the top of the line vehicle will remain the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid, which has been approved for limited production last summer. The production version of this supercar is expected to cost more than $600,000.

Many of you are maybe asking themselves why so many models from Porsche, right? The answer is that Porsche is trying to double its sales by 2018 to almost 200,000 units and the only to do it is to introduce new models to its lineup. 

Three years following the introduction of Porsche Cayman and Cayman S, they are now presenting the next generation. Their subtly refined and more sporting exteriors are integrated with new technologies, boasting of two new power units.

The Porsche Cayman has a 2.9 liter maximum output of 265 bhp (195 kW). Users can opt for the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) to reduce fuel consumption to an astounding 8.9 liters/100 kilometers, equivalent to 31.7 mpg imp, even with its high standard of road performance.

Porsche Cayman comes with the optional PDK double-clutch gearbox, letting it accelerate to 100 km/h in a matter of 5.7 seconds, performing the same way with its standard six-speed manual gearbox, which goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds. This, in turn, results to a maximum speed of 265 km/h (164 mph) or 263 km/h (163 mph) using PDK transmission. In the same way, Porsche Cayman S takes pride in its six-cylinder boxer engine.

This time, it displaces 3.4 liters, setting the latest standard when it comes to performance level and fuel economy, owing this to its direct fuel injection. Its maximum output of 320 bhp (235 kW) guarantees fuel consumption of only 9.2 liters (mpg 30.7) with PDK and a remarkable acceleration up to 100 km/hr in a matter of 5.1 seconds. Its standard six-speed manual gearbox allows it to accelerate up to 100 km/h in a matter of 5.2 seconds, giving a maximum speed of 277 km/h (172 mph).

Lastly, the two models conform to the EU5 and ULEV standards of emission. The two brand-new six-cylinder boxes are presently being introduced to the world via the Porsche Cayman and Cayman S have been derived from the new generation of Porsche engines that have just been launched in the 911 model series. Both engines have less weight, lower moving masses and reduced inner friction. These features allow them to perform more on less fuel.

Another step that boosts efficiency is optimizing the engine’s oil system by operating the oil pump accurately to keep up with the current demand. This is the first time in this model series and in the mid-engine segment per se that the 3.4 liter power featured in the latest Porsche Cayman S includes Direct Fuel Injection (DFI).

It has homogeneous air/fuel mixture formation that improves engine efficiency by reducing the use of fuel. In addition, this makes the power unit of the Porsche Cayman S more dynamic and sporty, which can be instantly felt by the driver. When fuel is injected fractions of a second before combustion, the engine follows whatever movement of the gas pedal spontaneously and with more power.

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