After few leaked images, the 2013 Porsche Cayman was presented today at the 2012 LA Auto Show. With up to 30 kg lighter than the outgoing model, the new Cayman promises up to 15 per cent greater fuel efficiency- despite its increased engine output and driving performance.
Under the hood, the Cayman comes with a flat six 2.7-liter boxer engine delivering 275 hp (202 kW), becoming the first Cayman model to break the 100 hp per liter displacement barrier for sports car engines.
Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 2013 Cayman is able to hit 100 km/g (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds, while using the optional seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) the sprint time drops to 5.6 seconds (5.4 when using the Sport Chrono package).
Top speed is limited to 165 mph (265 km/h), while the Cayman model fitted with PDK has a top speed of 164 mph or 264 km/h. Fuel consumption (NEDC) is: 34.4 mpg, CO2 192 g/km; with PDK 36.7 mpg, CO2 180 g/km.
2013 Cayman S comes equipped with a 3.4-liter flat six boxer engine delivering 325 hp (293 kW). Mated to a six-speed manual transmission the Cayman S sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.0 seconds, while the model fitted with PDK achieves the same speed in 4.9 seconds (4.7 seconds with Sport Chrono package).
Top speed is limited at 176 mph (283 km/h) and at 174 mph (280 km/h) for the model fitted with PDK. Fuel consumption (NEDC) is: 32.1 mpg, CO2 206 g/km; with PDK 35.3 mpg, CO2 188 g/km.
On sale now in the UK and Ireland for delivery March 2013: 275 hp Cayman priced from £39,694 (€68,460 in Ireland) and 325 hp Cayman S from £48,783 (€84,136 in Ireland).
When it comes to the Porsche Cayman’s driving performance, it is anything but ordinary. The way the chassis tuning interacts with the mid-engine concept is more than enough to give it the lead in the segment. Further, its basic geometry results in conditions that are truly ideal for such a performance. Specifically, the brand extended the wheelbase by 60 mm allowing for greater stability even when running at very high speeds.
According to Porsche, its engineers made sure to put a high priority in relation to tuning the Cayman. However, the focus would not be limited to simply enhancing the agility and the driving performance. The tuning was also meant to improve the everyday practicality and even the comfort. Thus, instead of simply utilizing the usual chassis that has the gas-filled hydraulic shock absorbers, the brand made it a point to redesign it.
The redesign was implemented even if the front axle for example, already had the MacPherson spring struts that had an optimized lightweight design. Compared to the one in the previous model, the new struts are more compact and stiffer and the maintaining chamber is more precise. The support bearings used for the struts are composed of lightweight aluminum.
This allows it to isolate better any of the forces that are transferred to the auxiliary springs and shock absorbers resulting in enhanced tuning for the chassis. Going back to the front axle, the width of the track was widened by 36 mm for the Cayman and 40 mm for the Cayman S. This, clearly, improves agility and stability when cornering. The rear axle was extended as well with the Cayman widened by 2 mm and the Cayman S by 12 mm.
With this, the two models are able to display wider stances when on the road. Another change, the third one, was to increase the diameter of the tire. The immediate effect is of course on the driving dynamics. It also allows for better grip on the road and thus enhances maximum performance.