What would happen if you stuck a 911-based engine in the lighter, mid-engined Cayman? Well, you’d get the all-new Cayman GT4. Porsche has refrained from giving 911 power to it’s younger brother the Cayman, but the cries from enthusiasts have been heard and answered. Not only is the mid-engined layout now beefed-up, this car will reportedly be ONLY available with a manual transmission – which serves the complaints derived from the automatic-only GT3. Visually, the Cayman GT4 stands apart with aggressive side scoops and race spoilers, and when you tap into the 385 hp 3.8 L naturally aspirated 6 cylinder, you’ll know you’re not just in a Boxster with some effects bolted on. The GT4 will hit 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 183 mph. Pricing is expected to start around $85k.
As did the Boxster a few months back, the Porsche Cayman also got reworked – and the new model was revealed today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The first images display a beautiful sports coupe and clearly a lot of the lines are borrowed from the new Boxster. The new Cayman will start around $54k and for approximately $10k more you can get the 321 hp Cayman S model, which will hit 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds when paired with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Due to hit showrooms in the spring, can’t wait.
new cockpit too…
At the 2010 L.A. Autoshow Porsche unveiled their most powerful Cayman model, the 330hp 2011 Cayman R. What appears to be a Boxter Spyder with a roof, the Cayman R is designed to be a lightweight and agile sports car. Just don’t plan to drink Slurpees in it while listening to Brittney Spears on a hot summer day – to reduce weight there is no stereo, air conditioning, or cupholder. The weight reduction and power increase over the Cayman S help the R reach 0-60 in 4.4 seconds (when paired with their PDK transmission and Sport Plus package). That’s comparable to many more expensive sports cars – and being mid-engined, I’d imagine it’s more confident around turns than it’s rear-engined big brother the 911. Starting at $66k it’s a ready and able track star, I’d just pick a different color than the “Peridot Metallic” Porsche features in their gallery shots…..