• May 22, 2006
With the Cayman S (right) solidly established in the Porsche lineup after its October 2005 launch, Porsche announced Monday that it will launch a less expensive version of the coupe in July, dubbed simply the Cayman.
The 3.4-liter six that helped propel the Cayman S to "2006 World Performance Car" honors is replaced in the Cayman by the Boxster's 2.7-liter version. Putting out 50 hp less than than its bigger sibling, the Cayman's 2.7-liter engine still provides satisfying performance, with a 0-100 km/h time of 6.1 seconds. Interestingly, the Cayman's 2.7-liter offers 5 hp more than the Boxster's, giving the coupe a tenth of a second advantage in the 0-100 km/h sprint.

A five-speed manual is standard, along with the Porsche Stability Management system. An option package offers a six-speed combined with the Porsche Active Stability Management system, while a third version will be available with the Tiptronic S five-speed automatic.

The Cayman will sticker at $49,400 in the U.S., vs. $58,900 for the Cayman S.

Reuters speculates that flagging sales of the Boxster may have driven Porsche to a quick launch of the Cayman, in an effort to freshen up the lower end of its model range.

[Sources: Porsche, Reuters]


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      Gary
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now just that's great. Another 'knock-off'.
      For years we dream about a car we would love to own one day. We save and work harder to feel that euphoric feeling as we go for our first spin, feeling the power and luxury. We feel great and may even show off what we finally worked so hard for and achieved.
      Then comes along a cheaper generic version.
      What's next in the world? A 99 cents version of the RR Corniche? Perhaps we could call it The RR Cornish Hen.
      Oh Brother.
      • 8 Years Ago
      These posts are interesting - the Boxster and Cayman are exactly the same car, save for the obvious integrated coupe/hardtop design and engine (until 2007, anyway). Same chassis, same suspension, same windshield, same interior, same bumper, same doors, etc. - you get the idea. Where I fail to understand Porsche's logic is with their decision to go with the 3.4l motor on the Boxster in 2007, assumably with the same or similar price point as it is now, making the hardtop version of the SAME care MORE than the convertible version. Never before has this been done, and I think it will be a really hard sell. I would take the softtop version over the coupe all day long ( and have, twice)
      Sandra Ruhl
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the new Cayman. The idea that it's performance will be better than the Boxter is nice. So is the fact that it appeals to more than just older males meaning it may sale the younger males and women and that Porsche is trying to reach all aspects of the population, not just moguls. Thank you Porsche.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They should produce a Cayman RS America--a hard core, no frills car. Give it the most powerful engine, most aggressive suspension, delete a/c, power windows and other items that contribute to weight, rather than performance. A pure drivers' car.
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks Seth,

      Nice to know others do get it. The Boxster should have been what smart tuners did to it from day one - given more power.


      • 8 Years Ago
      Seth, you might remember that Porsche did a similar thing with the Cayenne - they launched the 'S' and 'Turbo' versions first, and then bottom-rung V6 Cayenne was released later, simply dubbed 'Cayenne'.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Porsche is very long term concious. I have a strong suspicion the Cayman and Boxster will be someday receiving turbo motors and even AWD, but only when the 911 has either retired, given a flat 8 to move it up a class or is so expensive to produce that even a base model costs over 100k (current dollars).

      A base Cayman is a good thing because unlike the front engine 944 or the ugly-duckling 914 its a sharp car, and 100% Porsche from its tires to steel roof. It means guys (and girls!) like me who enjoy hp but really desire a connection to road have a great alternative to a BMW 3 coupe, an Audi S4 or Lotus Elise.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For $20,000 less, I just got 5 more HP and 49 more lb. ft. of torque. I also got awd, 6 speed manual, and handling that puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. And I can drive it all year long here in the snow belt. It's a Subaru Outback 2.5 XT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stupid german social engineering.
      The Boxster should be 2.7 base & 3.4 upgrade with 6 speed manuals
      The cayman should be 3.2 base & 3.6 upgrade with 6 speed manual
      The 911 should be 3.8 base & the 4.0 FSI (when ever it is ready) with 6 speed manual.
      Seth
      • 8 Years Ago
      Corvette drivers just don't get it.

      This car is what the Boxster should have been in the first place. What's of particular interest is that the marketing was to first release the "S" model and then the plain jane. That's not standard Porsche marketing.

      I'll let them give me one tho, in exchange for my 968.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A slighlty milde engine package saves $10K? Hmm shows that the profit on the "S" model must be quite large for Porsche.
      Dana
      • 8 Years Ago
      In this day & age, there are too many incredible and affordable sports cars on the road. 50 grand for 240 hp? Porsche or not, that'll have a lot of owners griping "I shoulda had a V8." Want a killer bang-for-the-buck hard-top? Try my 350Z, or a WRX, or EVO, or RX-8, or S2000, or GTO, or.....well, you get the picture. I know several Boxter owners, and they're tired of getting their rear bumpers handed to them by cars which cost 10 grand less. Porsche's response to the bargain sport-coupe market is likely too little, too late.
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