Preview: Porsche Cayman

By Winding Road Staff

November 29, 2012

This is the Master Landing Page for the Porsche Cayman. From now on, as we further review this car, we will be updating this page with whatever fresh content we create. Future drive reviews, updated specifications, videos, and other relevant information will all be found right here, in one convenient spot.
Porsche unveiled the heavily redone Cayman at yesterday’s LA Auto Show. The two-seat coupe, which shares its architecture with the new Boxster, looks much more like a 911 than the previous model did. That’s not a bad thing in our eyes.
Performance is similar to the Boxster. A 2.7-liter flat-six packs a 275-horsepower wallop, while the Cayman S will offer a 3.4-liter with 325 horsepower. When equipped with Porsche’s dual-clutch transmission and the Sport Chrono pack, the 2.7 will hit 60 in 5.1 seconds while the S will get there in 4.4 seconds.
This Cayman is quite a bit different in terms of its dimensions. It’s lower and longer than the previous model, but Porsche’s still managed to shave an undisclosed amount of weight from its chassis.
The 2014 Cayman starts at $52,600 while the faster Cayman S will retail for $63,800. Both models will tack on a $950 destination charge and go on sale in the spring of 2013.
Please scroll down for the official press release from Porsche.
Porsche at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show
Los Angeles. Porsche is celebrating the world premiere of the new Cayman at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third generation of the Cayman, which is making its appearance before an international audience at the LA Convention Center, has been re-engineered from the ground up – it is lower and longer, lighter and faster, more efficient and more powerful than ever. The two-seat sport coupé will be launched on the market in two versions: Cayman and Cayman S. A longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels enhance the driving performance of the mid-engine sports car to a level without equal in its competitive class.
Delivering more power with even better fuel economy than before, any of two highly efficient flat-six cylinder engines is mounted just in front of the rear axle, surrounded by its lightweight aluminium and steel body. The Cayman is powered by a 2.7-liter engine with 275 hp; with the Sport Chrono package it accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The 3.4-liter engine in the Cayman S produces 325  hp; with PDK and the Sport Chrono package it sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
The new Cayman will arrive dealerships in Spring 2013 starting at $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S, not including a destination charge of $950.
In addition to the world premiere of the new Cayman, the 911 Carrera 4 and the Panamera Platinum Edition are celebrating their North American debuts at the show.  The Carrera 4 models are distinguished by their prominent broad rear section and a red light strip between the rear lights. The typical Porsche all-wheel drive layout, which emphasizes power to the rear wheels, guarantees maximum driving performance on a wide variety of road surfaces and in all weather conditions. The 911 Carrera 4 was unveiled at the Paris International Motor Show in September and is priced from $91,030, not including a $950 destination charge, and goes on sale early next year.
The Panamera Platinum Edition, available in Panamera and all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 configurations, stands out thanks to subtle, independent design features in platinum silver metallic combined with expanded standard features and exclusive details. The base M.S.R.P for the Panamera Platinum Edition will be $80,500. The Panamera 4 Platinum Edition will have a base M.S.R.P of $84,600. Prices do not include the $975 destination charge.  Panamera Platinum Edition models go on sale in January of 2013.
About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 191 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.
At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.