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New Cayman S coupé extends the Porsche range

The new Porsche Cayman S will go on sale in the UK on 26 November, 2005. This sporty two-seater boasts a newly developed six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine with a capacity of 3.4 litres and an output of 295 bhp (217 kW). The mid-mounted power unit delivers impressive performance, with particular emphasis on a generous power delivery at lower and medium engine speeds. The sports car’s maximum speed is 171mph (275 km/h). With manual transmission, the Cayman S accelerates from zero to 62mph (100 km/h) in 5.4 seconds.

Equipped with the Porsche VarioCam Plus system delivering variable intake camshaft control and valve timing, the Cayman S engine generates a torque output of 340Nm between 4,400 and 6,000 rpm. The VarioCam Plus system was previously only available on the 911 series. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox with a short, precise shift. The transmission is a further development of that fitted to the Boxster S. The familiar five-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission is also available on request, and features manual gear-shifting toggle buttons on the steering wheel spokes. The Tiptronic S transmission has been refined specifically for the Cayman S sports coupé, receiving a new electronic and hydraulic control unit.

While instantly recognisable as a Porsche sports car, the Cayman S is individual in its design. The front is accentuated by the oval headlamps and distinctive air intake grilles. The front fog lights, integrated in the outer air intakes, are inspired by current Porsche design philosophy. The shape of the windscreen and the pronounced roof profile accentuate the unique and dynamic front view.

The characteristic silhouette of the Cayman S is created via the newly designed coupé lines combined with a long wheelbase, a rear aspect that slopes gently downwards and side windows that share the design language of the dynamic contours of the lower body. From the rear, the Cayman S is defined by a large rear lid, powerfully sweeping wheel arches and an automatically extending spoiler. The distinctively styled dual exhaust tailpipes are located centrally below the rear bumper.

The rear lid opens upwards to provide access to the 260 litre luggage compartment. This, in conjunction with the 150 litre capacity luggage compartment in the nose, plus numerous additional storage compartments, ensures that this two-seater sports car combines real functionality with elegant aesthetic form.

The aluminium suspension that underpins the Cayman S provides a wide track, which combined with the 18 inch wheels fitted as standard, emphasises the sporty, dynamic appearance of the car. In combination with Porsche Stability Management (PSM), also a standard feature, the Cayman S chassis sets a benchmark in the area of driving dynamics and active driving safety. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is available as an option. When fitted, this system lowers the car by ten millimetres and automatically adjusts the suspension response ratings to the given road conditions. The driver can select ‘Normal’ or ‘Sport’ programmes via a button on the centre console.

The basic price for the Cayman S will be £43,930 including VAT, and standard equipment will include leather interior and top tinted windscreen.

Report from 23/05/2005

23/5/2005