• Jul 28th 2010 at 2:29PM
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According to Porsche enthusiast site Planet-9.com, a hardcore version of the Cayman, dubbed CS or Clubsport, will be shown at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show in December. This isn't the first time we've heard rumblings of a lighter, more powerful Cayman, but now that Porsche has successfully launched the Boxster Spyder, it's only fitting that the same sort of package be offered on its harder-core hardtop sister.

Expect the Clubsport to produce around 333 horsepower from its 3.4-liter flat-six, an increase of 13 hp over the Cayman S. From there, lightweight 19-inch wheels will be standard, as will fabric door pulls, aluminum body components and a slightly revised front fascia that we've seen on the Boxster Spyder. Obviously, the real goal with a Clubsport model is lightness, and Planet-9 reports that the CS should be about 162 to 184 pounds lighter than the stock Cayman S.

If the LA Auto Show reveal stands true, the Cayman CS should be hitting the road sometime in 2011 as a 2012 model, priced from around $66,300. Fingers crossed, everyone.

[Source: Planet-9]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool, I'd take a regular Cayman over a Boxter, so hopefully this will be *better* than the Boxter Spyder
      • 5 Years Ago
      Squashed Volkswagen Beetle with scaffolding in the back... but I absolutely love it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are completely clueless, aren't you?

        Exactly which Beetle was mid-engined? Or water cooled? Or anywhere even close to ~95 hp per liter, with ~320 peak horsepower, naturally aspirated? Or had an optional adaptive suspension, optional carbon ceramic brakes, or dual clutch gearbox?

        Which modern car matches all of those criteria for anywhere near Cayman's pricetag, even today?
        • 5 Years Ago

        You took my comment too seriously. I was poking fun at Clarkson who said that about Porsches...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I apologize, if that is the case. I've not seen that clarkson comment...

        and roughly 99% of the time around here, if someone is likening a Porsche to a Beetle, it is a derision of the Porsche.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeez, Porsche! Just stick the 3.8L Carrera S in the damn thing and be done with it!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Cayman chassis is the most capable chassis Porsche has. They're not going to stick one of their best engines in it, then no one would buy a 911.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is why RUF, Farnbacher Loles, and other vendors do it afterward.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay, a ClubSport edition is good. How about something along the lines of a GT3 RS and even an RSR for a hard core racer? So much potential. I do not think it would cannibalize 911 sales as much as people think. Some people tend to forget that the very first Porsche (Porsche #1) was mid engined.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That driver needs a booster seat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would not surprise me, although it might confuse some....

      Cayman CS may not be as highly marked up over the Cayman S, as the Boxster Spyder over the Boxster S.

      There is less to customize. The roof will remain fixed, so little will likely change there. No change from a power convertible top to a roadster removable top that Dan Neil hates so much...

      The bodywork won't need to be re-developed, like the unified rear cover on the Boxster Spyder.

      Aluminum doors, aluminum front lid, if it isn't alloy already. Maybe alloy or composite rear hatch... but supposedly we won't be getting the lexan rear window... europe only.

      GT-spec Porsche bucket seats, with manual adjustment.
      Less sound deadening. Pull strap inner door cards. AC and Radio not on the standard features list, but optional.

      Less exterior embellishment. Simple LED indicators without fogs. Open grilles, hopefully with the gray paint, like the Boxster Spyder. Boxster Spyder light-weight wheels.

      Although they probably won't do the sport exhaust, and sport chrono options as standard, though.

      But since most of the changes will be omissions, or part-for-part exchanges, not additional features or additional parts on the standard list... and the body probably won't change much...

      ...The CS might see less of a markup than the Boxster Spyder, with it's more extensive modification.

      The biggest choice is likely going to be... the ultra quick PDK, or the tried-and-true 6MT, and thankfully Porsche is still offering the choice on their sports cars.

      I do kind of hope that the Cayman CS gets a 997 Sport Classic roofline, with the height cut out of the center. If they are going to change anything, they could change that. Maybe a CF or other composite roofskin, instead of steel. Kind of like BMW M3 and M6.

      I am so looking forward to this. The ultimate play-day Porsche sports car. Possibly the ultimate handling car under 150 grand. And for that sort of budget, an aftermarket 3.8 liter 405+ horsepower powerkit upgrade engine from the Carrera S, or even a current 450hp GT3 engine. Who needs turbos when flat 6s sing such sweet songs, and put out that kind of NA power from the Porsche factory... in the 997 body.

      They'll sing that tune to a quicker beat in a lighter, mid-engined 987 Cayman CS chassis and body.

      If I win the lottery... after starting to play the lottery, or somehow else get a lot of spending money... THAT is the fun car I am going to build.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know that a V8 would fit in the 987 engine bay. that would be both longer and taller.

        I wasn't aware that the transaxle fitment between the race-type blocks, and the road-car-non-GT blocks were different, and wouldn't bolt to the reversible road-car transaxle.

        If the GT3 motor won't fit... a 3.8 Carrera S motor, with the Power Kit upgrade, and the Cayman Sport Exhaust, or aftermarket big exhaust, would do just nicely.. still north of 400 peak horsepower.

        I think I have briefly heard of modified current-generation 3.8 engines, bored out to about ~4 liters... I wonder what those are capable of. :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        @BoxerFanatic , i was playing with the idea of a Cayman with a GT3 engine, but apparently it's very hard and costly to fit the GT3 engine into the Cayman/Boxster , the old GT1 engine isn't compatible with the Cayman/Carrera gearbox so you need the GT3 gearbox too , but that gearbox isn't made for a mid engine layout and it needs extensive modifications. the whole thing becomes too expensive.

        a Cayman with the Cayenne GTS V8 would be cool :)

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