It is built for driving through bends like few other sports cars can, the new Porsche Cayman sets new standards in its class for driving performance with a longer wheelbase, all round new chassis and lower weight. The two seater, newly developed from the ground up is after the 911 Carrera and Boxster the third sports car model series from Porsche to feature innovative lightweight body design.
The new Cayman is up to 30 kg lighter, depending on the specific model and equipment, and it consumes up to 15 per cent less fuel per 100 km than the previous model despite higher engine and driving performance. Porsche is also upgrading the Cayman with new optional features. For example, the sport coupé is now available with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) for the first time which controls the distance to the car ahead in traffic and vehicle speed, as well as a specially developed Burmester sound system. Another new feature for the Porsche Cayman is the optional Entry & Drive keyless system that can be factory-installed.
The new Porsche Cayman is more distinctive than ever. Its proportions are new, and yet it is clearly a Porsche sport coupe, an extended wheelbase with shorter overhangs and 18- and 19-inch diameter wheels with larger rolling circumference are identifying visual characteristics of the car’s more enhanced driving performance. Its styling is marked by precise lines and razor-sharp sculpted edges. They emphasise the car’s low, extended silhouette with the windscreen shifted forward and the roof line that reaches far back.
Typical of the more advanced styling is the shoulder line, which runs from the wings which flare strongly upwards towards the rear side panels. The door mirrors are now positioned near the top shoulder. Especially expressive and characteristic are the dynamic recesses in the doors, which guide induction air into the distinctive air scoops on the rear side panels and then directly to the engine. This offers the most prominent visualisation of the basic concept of the mid-engine.
From the front end, the new Cayman is marked by its dominant cooling air inlets, which increase in size towards the sides of the car. Integrated in them, far outboard, are the round front lights with four-point daytime running lights or position lights, an unmistakable identifying feature of the new Cayman. Just as unique to the new generation of the sport coupe are the large, low rear lid made of aluminium and the rear section with its wrap-around edges. At the upper end of the rear window, an LED brake light spanning the entire window width warns traffic behind. Mounted directly to the rear lid is the thin blade of the rear spoiler, which in contrast to that of the Boxster is higher and deploys at a steeper angle. The overall appearance of the Porsche Cayman is more independent than before, and it is well-differentiated from the previous model.