The debut of the new Cayman follows the presentation of the Boxster at the past Geneva Show, and like the open-top model, the coupé has been re-engineered from the ground up.
It is lower and longer, with wider tracks and larger wheels enhancing the driving performances.
The proportions are defined by the extended wheelbase, the windscreen which is shifted forward, the shorter overhangs and 18- and 19-inch diameter wheels with larger rolling circumference.
The new design elements include the sculpted flanks with the distinctive air intakes, the redesigned tail lights visually connected by the thin blade of the rear spoiler, and the front air openings, increased in size and moved towards the sides of the car.
“Especially expressive and characteristic are the dynamic recesses in the doors, which guide induction air into the distinctive air scoops on the rear side panels and then directly to the engine.”
The lightweight body has a aluminum and steel mixed material design, and combined with other weight savings, allowed for a total mass reduction of 30 kg.
The Cayman can be equipped with a choice between a 3.7 and a 2.7 liter flat-six cylinder engines, mounted just in front of the rear axle.
The 2.7 liter model has 275 hp; with the Sport Chrono package it accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, and its NEDC fuel consumption – with the PDK transmission – is 7.7 litres per 100 km.
The 3.4-liter engine of the Cayman S produces 325 hp; with PDK and the Sport Chrono package it sprints from 0 to 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and has a combined fuel consumption of 8.0 l/100 km.
The market launch of the new Cayman generation in Europe is scheduled for March 2013. Base prices in Germany are 51,385 euros for the Cayman and 64,118 euros for the Cayman S, each including 19 % VAT.