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This is possibly the biggest reveal at this week’s 2012 LA Auto Show: it’s the new 2013 Porsche Cayman.
Updated looks bring it bang up to date, while a revised chassis and engine range should mean the new 2013 Porsche Cayman picks up where the old car left off. Still want that Audi TT or BMW Z4?
Porsche’s new design language seen on the Porsche Boxster has been carried over to the latest Porsche Cayman – it looks good. Taut and aggressive, but not over the top, yet still flowing and well proportioned. Porsche evolutionary design strikes again.
The muscular mid-section houses a 275hp 2.7-litre flat-six in the cooking Porsche Cayman, or a 325hp 3.4-litre engine of the same configuration in the S model.
This means strong performance. The entry-level variant will complete the 0-62mph sprint in 5.7 seconds, while the more powerful Porsche Cayman S will crack the same challenge in 4.9 seconds.
A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard fit on all engines, while a seven-speed dual-clutch “PDK” transmission will be offered as an option. Speccing the latter cuts the 0-62mph time to 5.6 and 4.7 seconds for the 2.7- and 3.4-litre engines respectively.
Top speed now stands at 176mph in the S. Steel brakes are fitted as standard, but for extra bite in shrugging off the easily attainable three figure speeds Porsche is offering a Ceramic Composite Brake upgrade. Six-piston calipers clamp 350mm discs all-round.
The outgoing base Porsche Cayman’s 265hp 2.9-litre engine has been downsized to 2.7-litres in the new vehicle. Despite making 10hp more, it is also more efficient, returning a best of 36.7mpg combined with 180g/km CO2 emissions, compared to its predecessor’s 31mpg with 214g/km CO2 effort.
The new car is 15% more efficient thanks to new, more frugal direct injection engines and Porsche’s “thermal management, electrical system recuperation and stop-start function.” The recuperation system charges the car’s battery while on the brakes, turning kinetic energy into electrical power, reducing load on the alternator and engine.
The new car inherits the latest Boxster’s interior layout and improves on the outgoing Porsche Cayman’s cabin with a more ergonomic design. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen, automatic headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels, while S specification adds larger 19-inch wheels, a partial leather interior and Xenon headlights.
The latest car’s chassis is all-new and, depending on spec, up to 30kg lighter than the outgoing Porsche Cayman. It boasts a 60mm longer wheelbase than before and a wide track, too, meaning improved handling, more stability and greater resistance to understeer. The 911 needs to keep an eye on baby brother…
The latest Porsche 911 ushered in a new era for Porsche with its electro-mechanical power steering system. The new 2013 Porsche Cayman adopts the same technology as the firm’s halo model, dropping the hydraulic assistance for its steering and. A contentious issue for the “purist”, but it’s here to stay.
Clever tech on the new car includes Porsche Torque Vectoring. Offered in conjunction with a limited-slip differential, the system applies the brake to an inside rear wheel when entering a corner, sending greater drive to the outside wheel. Together, this gives better corner entry and greater stability, according to Porsche.
Porsche has revised its Active Suspension Management system for the latest Porsche Cayman, selectable between ‘Normal’ mode for comfortable cruising and ‘Sport’ mode for a spirited B-road blast. Adaptive Cruise Control is also available as an option, too, while Porsche’s Active Safe autonomous braking system will help avoid or mitigate the impacts of a collision at lower speeds.
The new 2013 Porsche Cayman features the usual crop of safety systems. It gets Porsche’s Stability Management control, incorporating an automatic braking function to help traction in slippy conditions, and anti-slip regulation to keep wheelspin to a minimum.
The new 2013 Porsche Cayman will go on sale in March 2013. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but based on the current Boxster’s asking price, budget at least $54,000 for the base Cayman (including destination) and $64,000 for the Cayman S.
These are reported to be the first pictures of the 2013 Porsche Cayman, which is scheduled to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto show today.
The base 2013 Porsche Cayman engine will be a 2.7-litre flat six, downsized from the 2.9 in today’s car. It’s expected to produce about 280bhp, up from 262bhp in the 2.9. The 2013 Porsche Cayman S will get a 3.4-litre flat six with about 330bhp, up from 315bhp in today’s car. It completes the 0-62mph dash in 5.7 seconds in manual form, while choosing the PDK automatic gearbox brings this down to 5.6 seconds, while the Sport Chrono package reduces the sprint time to 5.4 seconds. The 321bhp 3.4-litre engine in the 2013 Porsche Cayman S is a revised version of the unit from the previous model, and takes 5.0 seconds to hit 62mph. The PDK-equipped version takes 4.9, while the Sport Chrono package shaves it down to 4.7 seconds.
The new 2013 Porsche Cayman will be offered with a six-speed manual as standard and an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch auto gearbox.
The entry-level car gets 18-inch alloys, while the S comes with 19-inch versions. The standard equipment list includes air-conditioning, auto headlights, stop-start technology and a Sport button that provides more revs and a faster engine response.
The new car is as much as 30kg lighter and up to 15% more efficient than the previous version. The 2.7 achieves average economy of 34.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 192g/km when fitted with a manual gearbox, and 36.7mpg and 180g/km with the PDK. The Cayman S offers 32.1mpg and 206g/km, and 35.3mpg and 188g/km with the dual-clutch auto ‘box.
Porsche is taking orders now, with first deliveries from March 2013.
Porsche has officially confirmed that the new generation Porsche Cayman will be making its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Here’s the official announcement: “The world premiere of a compact sports car at the LA Auto Show will give added dy-namic impetus to this trend. Porsche is presenting the new vehicle to the international media for the first time at a press conference at 12:05 pm on November 28 at the Porsche show booth in the Petree Hall.”
The all-new 2013 Porsche Cayman will be unveiled at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show 2012 that starts in late November, reports Automotive News.
We reached out to Porsche but a spokesman told us that it had “No comment,” regarding the 2013 Porsche Cayman.
Though details are slim at this point, the 2013 Porsche Cayman will look like a hardtop version of the Porsche Boxster convertible. Outside the 2013 Porsche Cayman will get new bodywork all around, likely including the Boxster’s taillight-integrated spoiler (shown at right), while inside it’ll get more upscale with an interior reminiscent of the Porsche Panamera.
Under the hood, the 2013 Porsche Cayman will get the Porsche Boxster’s new 2.7-liter F-6, likely producing 275 hp, compared to the Boxster’s 265 hp. The 2013 Porsche Cayman S will keep the 3.4-liter F-6, but will produce about 330 hp. Transmission options will be limited to a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch PDK. Expect EPA-rated fuel economy to mirror the numbers of the 2013 Porsche Boxster, from around 20/28 mpg city/highway for a Porsche Cayman S with the six-speed manual transmission to about 22/32 mpg for a base Cayman with the dual-clutch transmission.
The new 2013 Porsche Cayman will follow the Boxster’s lead by riding on a new 991-based chassis, that’s longer and wider than the outgoing Porsche Cayman. Expect a Cayman and Cayman S at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2012 debut, with a track-focused Porsche Cayman R to follow.