Second-gen Cayman gets a lightweight aluminium body, roomier cabin and upgraded six-cylinder engines

These are the latest pictures of the second-generation Porsche Cayman. The new model's development programme is understood to be at an advanced state. Our pictures show the Cayman high speed testing on German autobahn.

Previous images, also shot during the car's development programme, captured a model showing almost 90,000 miles on its odometer. The new Porsche Cayman will be unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show in November.

The mid-engined two-seater gets the same lightweight aluminium body, roomier cabin and upgraded six-cylinder engines as its sister car, the new third-generation Boxster.

The base Cayman’s 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 Cayman S will get a 3.4-litre flat six with about 330bhp, up from 315bhp in today’s car.

The new Cayman will be offered with a six-speed manual as standard and 
an optional seven-speed, 
dual-clutch auto gearbox.

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The aluminium body is aligned to an all-new chassis that boasts a longer wheelbase and significantly wider front track. The suspension retains MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. Wheels are up to 20 inches — up from 19 inches previously. The bigger wheels can house larger brakes.

Like the latest Porsche 911, the Cayman’s steering eschews hydraulic assistance for a new electro-mechanical system.

A limited-slip differential will be an option as part of the Porsche Torque Vectoring package. This is likely to be offered on the Cayman S only.

The Cayman will mirror the look of the new Boxster, which itself drew inspiration from 
the Carrera GT.

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8 June 2012

Phew - no 2.0 litre turbo yet then. Although the steering from the new 911 sounds like it may have enthusiasts fretting - I'm not sure how well that will go down.

8 June 2012

I suspect most new 911 enthusiasts will have more important things to fret about than wether it's steering is hydraulically or electrically assisted, such as will the tax man be bailing his bank out again or not?

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

8 June 2012

I still wonder how Porsche charges more for the Cayman over the Boxster. Sure, there are some minor spec differences but that still doesn't explain why a car with a hard top costs more than than the Boxster which everyone knows, bar Porsche seemingly, is identical. I suspect if the Cayman was cheaper than the Boxster, we'd see more of them. At the moment I'm lucky to see half a dozen a year!

8 June 2012

I drove the new 911 no too long ago. I don't drive them that often but, truth be told, I couldn't really tell the difference between new and old. Storm in a teacup.

Bring back steel wheels.

9 June 2012

Long live the NA flat 6!

What a sadness a 4trubo 4 pots...

 

10 June 2012

Brakes have always been smaller than the rims offered, so no need for 20" for that reason...

I hope they offer a nice and light 18" option -  a back-to-basics Cayman (without S ) would be my preference methinks (oh hope you're wrong about the LSD)

31 July 2012

Car gets a tweak now and again to keep it fresh,keep ahead of the others, all it needs really.

Peter Cavellini.

31 July 2012

The new 911 feels more a GT and less a sportcar than before, why not start offering a proper Cayman RS with 400bhp+ engine, lighter body and manual gearbox?

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