Stripped out version of the Cayman tipped to be launched at the LA motor show in November

Porsche will launch a lightweight Clubsport version of the Cayman this year, according to reports.

Several US media reports claim the Porsche Cayman Clubsport has had a positive reception among American and European dealers and will go into production early next year following an LA motor show launch in November.

The Cayman would be similar in concept to the Porsche Boxster Spyder, which was launched at the LA motor show last year. That car is a special run-out model for the Boxster range, which is set to be replaced alongside the Cayman in 2011/12.

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The long-rumoured Cayman Clubsport will be around 80kg lighter than the standard car, with the biggest weight saving taking place in the wheels, doors and interior.

There is also tipped to be a subtle power upgrade to its 3.4-litre flat-six engine helping to shave up to half a second off the Cayman S’s 0-62mph time.

Read Autocar's first drive of the current Porsche Cayman S

Other upgrades are expected to include lowered suspension, a duck-tail rear spoiler and Clubsport graphics, while a roll cage will be offered as part of an optional track pack.

A Porsche spokesman said the car was just “speculation” at this time.

“We’ve had no confirmation of this car just yet,” they said, “but it’s a car that’s been talked about for a long time we’ve already done a similar thing with the Boxster.”

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30 July 2010

Sounds great, but the problem i have always had with the Cayman remains that it is artificially limited by Porsche so as not to outperform the 911. I would hate to spend a large chunk of money on one, knowing that Porsche could have done better but deliberately chose not to. It would drive me nuts.

30 July 2010

If the Cayman's rear hatch had real load carrying capacity as opposed to rudimentary ability the car would greatly extend its appeal. As it is, I personally am keen to see the proposed GT - hopefully a successor to the glorious 944/968 or even 928 range.

30 July 2010

A straight six? Really?

30 July 2010

[quote disco.stu]

Sounds great, but the problem i have always had with the Cayman remains that it is artificially limited by Porsche so as not to outperform the 911. I would hate to spend a large chunk of money on one, knowing that Porsche could have done better but deliberately chose not to. It would drive me nuts.

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Have you owned a Cayman S? Thought not.....

I drove Lotus' for years and needed something a little better for my back, so I went to Porsche and drove a 911 S - great car - but the physics didn't work. So I drove a Cayman S - what a car - bought it on the spot!

Lighter than a 911

Cheaper than a 911

Rarer than a 911

Better handling than a 911

What's not to like?

if it's heavy, it ain't happenin' 

30 July 2010

[quote Lotus Man]What's not to like?[/quote] Can but agree - absolutely great little car!

30 July 2010

[quote Lotus Man]

Have you owned a Cayman S? Thought not.....

What's not to like?

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Most of us haven't of course, but I know what the previous poster means. Clarkson said the same thing when he reviewed the "Coxster". He resented (among other things) the fact that they chose not to fit an LSD because it would make the car as fast as a 911. They deliberately under-engineered it so that the car with the inferior layout would still be on top. Doesn't mean you bought the wrong car, just that the car you bought could have been even better.

30 July 2010

[quote MHanna]

Most of us haven't of course, but I know what the previous poster means. Clarkson said the same thing when he reviewed the "Coxster". He resented (among other things) the fact that they chose not to fit an LSD because it would make the car as fast as a 911. They deliberately under-engineered it so that the car with the inferior layout would still be on top. Doesn't mean you bought the wrong car, just that the car you bought could have been even better.

[/quote]

Yeah, what he said!

30 July 2010

I think the cayman is more of a modern day interpretation of what the 911 used to be. The might sound a bit defunct but I personally believe the the 911 has now evolved into a completely different animal yet still bares the same name. That's not to suggest it's not as good as the original just can't really be compared to it anymore. The Cayman on the other hand is closer in size, weight and dare I say driving experience.

30 July 2010

It must be great.

It becomes very complicated with Porsche and its many many special series...

30 July 2010

All manufacturers have a hierarchy of cars, it is done deliberately to tempt you further up the range. No matter what you buy, it could always be bigger, faster, better, but for some reason the poor old Cayman seems to be the one that all the armchair pundits home in on. I'll bet that none of these couch experts have ever driven a Cayman, much less owned one.

I however do own one, and worse still I own the most derided version of all, the original 2.7 on small wheels. Every couch expert knows that this is a truly dreadful car, underpowered, underwheeled, and totally shackled for the benefit of the 911. Wrong.

Almost all modern sports cars are way too powerful and fast for modern road conditions, yet my Cayman retains all the tactile delight which made Porsche famous in the first place, and can be enjoyed without having to post hyper speeds on the dial. I have driven umpteen modern 911's, and would not swap my Cayman for any of them. The poster above who surmised that the 911 has morphed into something different to what it used to be is right on the money. The current 997's bear little resemblance to the older cars (and yes I have owned one of them too) and for me the simple 2.7 Cayman has more in common with the older Porsches than the modern luxo 997's do.

But yeh, what would I know, I'm only a Porsche owner, not a couch expert!

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