Back in December, German media reports said that Porsche will introduce a 911 Safari Concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. As you may know already, the concept didn’t appear at the Chinese auto show, which means that was just a rumor. Until we will finally see the 911 Safari, X-Tomi Design decided to shows us how a Porsche Cayman Safari will look like.
Honestly, we were impressed by this rendering and although it is not official, we admit that we would love to see a production version of this sports car. As you can see from the photos, the new vehicle comes with plastic body mouldings and an aluminum front underbody protection.
We imagine this vehicle powered by the standard flat six 2.7-liter boxer engine that generates 275 hp (202 kW), which will push it from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds when using the seven speed PDK.
Still, the 3.4-liter flat six boxer engine found on the Cayman S would be even better as this engine delivers 325 hp (293 kW) and can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.0 seconds.
If we didn’t see the 911 Safari Concept, we wouldn’t be bothered to drive a possible Cayman Safari as the vehicle looks quite impressive. So, Porsche, what do you think?
While the new Cayman’s body is indeed a whole new development, it is founded on the Boxster’s body-in-white. This resulted in a cutting-edge lightweight body design. By utilizing a mix of steel and aluminum construction, the body-in-white weight was reduced by as much as 47 kilograms. Not only that, it also increased the vehicle’s static torsional rigidity by 40%.
What this means is that compared to previous versions, the new Cayman delivers a more precise drive. Though the weight was indeed reduced, this is offset by having larger wheels, larger glass surfaces, and even additional features. Even then, the DIN weights of all of the brand’s sport coupés remain to be lower versus the previous models, in fact the typical Cayman S I slighter by 30 kg.
The lower weight helps the driver in different ways. For example because the mass has been lowered, it means the Cayman would need less power when moving. This in turn lowers the fuel consumption. Should the vehicle be able to attain the full power offered by the engine, the lower weight means driving performance is enhanced. For this new lightweight body design, Porsche made sure to utilize steel only when it is needed.
Should lightweight metals become an option, they are generally the material chosen. Examples include aluminum sheet, die-cast aluminum, and even magnesium and high-strength steels.
All of the materials used have been customized to attain specific purposes of the body. This not only minimizes the usage of material but guarantees very high rigidity values. Overall, 44% of the body-in-white of the Cayman is composed of aluminum. These are, among others, the front and rear lids, the doors, rear body, floor assembly, and the front body.