Currently reading: New Porsche shapes up

With just five months left until its planned world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche’s eagerly anticipated Cayman is slowly but surely being stripped of its disguise. This prototype, spied testing at the Nürburgring, reveals more than ever before the definitive appearance of Porsche’s upcoming two-seater. Now clearly visible is the Boxster-inspired front-end styling and fixed roof, although Porsche continues to hide the heavily sloping rear under a sheet of cladding. Mechanically based on the Boxster, the Cayman receives a newly developed 3.4-litre version of Porsche’s four-valve flat-six engine delivering 295bhp – just 26bhp shy of the company’s new 3.6-litre 911 Carrera.

The interior is also lifted from the Boxster, that car’s design preferred over the more expensive 911 dash layout.

Further into the future, there’s still no concrete news on Porsche’s widely discussed large road-car project. With the Cayman attracting all the attention, any official news on the fifth model line may have to wait until 2006.

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