Porsche 2.7-litre flat-six engine named as best in 2013 in its displacement class

Article by Anita Panait, on June 8, 2013

An international jury of 87 highly regarded automotive journalists has heralded Porsche’s flat-six engine that powers the Boxster and the Cayman as the “Engine of the Year” for the 2.5 to 3.0-liter engine displacement class. The engine’s ability to bring out power while saving fuel is what prompted the jury to hand the award to it.

Dean Slavnich of “Engine Technology International Magazine” described the powerplant as “a brilliant engine for a brilliant car.” He remarked that the engine combines “performance and a sporty pedigree with impressive fuel efficiency.”

The jury likewise acknowledged the flat engine’s flexibility and responsiveness as well as performance and smooth running. The flat engine was derived from the 3.4-liter engine based on the downsizing principle.

Porsche paired the engine with the PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) transmission in the Cayman, providing up to 275 hp (202 kW) of power. It also boasts of NEDC fuel consumption of 7.7 liters/100 km and carbon dioxide emission of 180 g/km.

The six-cylinder engine’s specific power of 101.6 hp/liter means that it exceeds the magic limit of 100 hp per liter engine displacement.

This is the fourth time that a flat engine from Porsche got the award. In 2007, the engine of the Porsche 911 Turbo won the accolade in the category of three to four-liter engines.

In 2008, the turbocharged 3.6-litre flat engine with 480 hp won in the open displacement class. In 2009, the 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine of the 911 Carrera S was judged as “Best New Engine.”

Featuring an all-round new chassis as well as a longer wheelbase and lower weight than its predecessor, the new Porsche Cayman is also set to become a benchmark for performance in its class. It is Porsche’s third sports car model series from Porsche that features a groundbreaking lightweight body design, after the 911 Carrera and the Boxster.

Compared to its predecessor, the new Cayman is up to 30 kg lighter and uses up to 15 percent less fuel per 100 kilometer, depending on the model and equipment chosen by the customer. Of course, all these weight and fuel savings come despite the new Cayman being on a higher level in terms of power and performance. Likewise, despite being lighter than its predecessor, the new Cayman features a body that is around 40 percent stiffer.

The latest iteration of the Porsche Cayman is available with new optional features like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which could control its speed and the distance to the vehicle ahead in traffic. Other optional features in the new Porsche Cayman include the Burmester sound system and the Entry & Drive keyless system.

Porsche re-designed the new Cayman to sport proportions that further highlight its character as a sport coupe. For instance, the new Cayman has a body height that is 10 mm (11 mm for Cayman S) lower than its predecessor. Its wheelbase is also longer (by 60 mm) and its track is wider. Moreover, despite being longer by 33 mm than the previous model, the new Cayman remains compact.

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