7 March 2005

The much-scooped ‘Boxster Coupé’ has been officially confirmed by Porsche. As revealed by Autocar in January, the new model will be a mid-engined two-seater coupé designed to plug the gap between the £38,000 Boxster S and £58,000 911 Carrera. It will offer almost 300bhp, uncompromised dynamic credentials, and, as predicted by Autocar, will be called Cayman S.

In an attempt to divert attention from other attractions at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche has revealed initial details about the forthcoming car ahead of the car’s official debut later this year. It will be powered by a new 3.4-litre horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine providing 295bhp, and will feature what is described as ‘a class-leading braking system’ – a nod to the application of the 911’s carbon ceramic discs. The remaining details will be set in stone when the car is presented at Porsche’s home motor show in Frankfurt this September. However, a stiff chassis biased for handling excellence can be expected, along with Porsche’s adaptive damping, a limited-slip differential for improved traction and, eventually, a dual-clutch paddle-operated DSG gearbox as an option. It will arrive in the UK by the end of the year, and go on sale from around £50,000. A more affordable standard Cayman looks likely to follow, featuring a slightly softer chassis set-up, the 3.2-litre powerplant borrowed from the Boxster S and an asking price starting near £42k.

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