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Porsche has officially announced its plans to reveal a "mid-engined sports car" next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, in addition to showing off its latest crop of 911 models – the GTS and Speedster. It might sound vague, but we're placing bets that the German automaker's big reveal is the much-rumored Cayman Clubsport, a sort of "hardtop Boxster Spyder."

According to earlier reports, the Cayman CS will be motivated by the automaker's 3.4-liter flat-six, with power expected to be around 333 horsepower. Much like its Boxster kin, the Clubsport's main objective will be lightness, with sources saying that anywhere from 162 to 184 pounds will be shed from the stock Cayman S body. This means things like fabric door pulls, aluminum body components and lightweight alloy wheels will be on hand, keeping the Clubsport focused on being a nimble, spirited track day queen.

We'll have the official word live from Los Angeles next week, so stay tuned. To read all of the elusive details, follow the jump for Porsche's press release.



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World premiere and news for enthusiastic US customers – Porsche at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, presents a world premiere and two US premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show. A mid-engine sports car which will be unveiled during a press conference at 10:55 a.m. on November 17 is right in the spotlight. The world premiere will be flanked by new 911 models, the 911 GTS and the 911 Speedster. With these three thoroughbred sports cars, Porsche crowns an outstanding year in the US market. In several well-renowned studies of the J.D. Power market research institute, customers voted Porsche the leading brand in terms of appeal, quality and reliability.

With a power output of 408 hp, especially dynamic suspension and decidedly sporty equipment, the new 911 Carrera GTS ascends to the pinnacle of the Carrera model series. The combination of the 44 millimetre wider Carrera 4 body of the AWD models including wider track with a classic rear-wheel drive is unique within the Carrera family. As well as giving the car sporty qualities, this brings economic advantages: thanks to Porsche Intelligent Performance with PDK, the new top athlete is no more thirsty for petrol than the Carrera S, in NEDC 10.2 litres/100 km (27.69 mpg imp.) (240 g/km CO2).

Along with the new top athlete in the Carrera model series, Porsche is unveiling a new small series of the legendary Speedster. The two-seater limited to 356 cars differs significantly from the other members of the 911 family. In the best tradition, the 60 millimetre shorter windscreen, the low-slung contour of the sporty-look manual hood, and the characteristic double bubble on the convertible-top compartment lid define the striking profile of the new 911 Speedster. This makes the body of the rear-wheel drive with its 44 millimetre wider rear stand out even more. Also, the 911 Speedster has a 408 hp six-cylinder engine and as a standard the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB). With an average consumption of 10.3 litres/100 km (27.43 mpg imp.) in the NEDC, the more powerful Speedster remains as efficient as the open 911 Carrera S.

Presenting these three new models, Porsche honours the outstanding praise which brand and products won from US customers in several studies of the well-renowned market research institute J.D. Power. It is the sixth time in a row that new-vehicle customers of Porsche attribute highest appeal in the APEAL study to their brand and ranked the 911 first among premium sports cars. In addition, two further studies confirmed that Porsche supplies not only the best new-vehicle quality of all car makers and, with the 911, the best "Premium Sporty Car", but also the most reliable vehicles of the 2007 model year.

The ratings prove that Porsche has lost nothing of its fascination precisely 60 years after the delivery of the first sports car in the USA. The first Porsche 356s were shipped to the USA in autumn 1950. In addition to displaying them in his modern showroom on Park Avenue in New York, the former importer Max Hoffman handed a Porsche 356 over to the private racing driver Briggs Cunningham, who soon afterwards started to win his first races. The Porsche 356 quickly became an insider tip in the American racing scene, which reflected positively, and not only on the sales figures. This combination of racing sports and Hollywood glamour helped the Porsche brand to create its unique lifestyle image, which reflected back to Europe. Up until today, the United States of America is the most important car market for Porsche. Porsche Cars North America is based in Atlanta. All in all, there are just under 200 Porsche dealers in the USA.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I better include a proper LSD this time.

      My last Cayman S was a phenomenal day to day car, but the lack of an LSD made it a bit lame on the track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      easy there pal! Sacreligious talk brother.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will be the one to have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why THIS one? Whats the matter with the Cayman? All it needs is a more powerful engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @SimpleCar...

        A lightened, focused, lowered Cayman CS/RS/GT something would be sweet.

        Not the best daily driver, where the base or Cayman S would probably be more civilized, or a larger car would be more practical.

        But for a weekend driver on nice curvy roads, and some track-day duty... the lightweight focused car would be the choice.

        And that is kind of what sports cars in general point to. Some just happen to be civilized or comfortable to sit in.

        Besides, being offered optionally without AC, without a Radio, without NAV, or any of the other accoutrements, I would figure it would be the epitome of a simple car, and a very inherently well designed one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So maybe 184 pounds off a car that weighs 3000. And for this you get fabric door pulls? Is anyone else tied of this endless stream of "new" models that are the same old rehashed vehicle?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No.

        I'm sure it isn't all that exciting for car enthusiasts whose interaction is limited to sitting in the models at the local annual car-show, but for those who actually drive these things a lighter, harder, more powerful Cayman is LONG overdue.

        Based on what I've heard about the Boxster Spyder from the Porsche School instructors, this Cayman should be the fastest car available under 100k on any autocross or race-track that doesn't have a long straight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'll be the production 918, it's too early in the blusport/R4/914 development for the 914 to pop up. Awesome, yet another reason to enjoy the show next week!
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think the production 918 is at least 2 years away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just refine the Cayman with a more powerful engine and position it above the 911?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @erh

        So I'm correct that they are holding back on the 911? I see....yet i'm still downvoted. But who gives a sh....
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you don't want to see a more powerful Cayman? I thought this was a car blog.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the 911 has a lot of loyal, hardcore fans. the 911 is alone in a niche , it's the only rear engine car that ranges from a nimble everyday driver to a monster widowmaker supercar. if they replace the 911 with a mid engine car , then they will lose the fans and their niche , they will be just another boring, 2 seater, mid engine car like so many others.

        many say that a mid engine car is better in theory, but racing history shows us that theory is one thing and beating mid engine cars with a rear engine car with a smaller, less powerful engine is working for ~50 years. why change that ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Cayman chassis is better, but Porsche wants to keep their "legendary" 911 on top so they'll never push the Cayman to it's full potential.
        • 4 Years Ago
        man, you are so simple minded.

        when the boxter was anounced (way before the autoblog.com domain was registered).
        it was aimed to be a entry level porsche.
        a car designed for yuppie, 'short' of cash for a 911.

        what you state is like, putting the corvette below the cruze.
        which would many current owners angry.

        besides the 911 is tail heavy and every knows that, that's the ESSENCE of a 911.
        99% of you guys aren't even beabled (yeah, in a straight line and shout you're winner) to drive a early 911 model (prior to 4x4).
        that's what buyers seek.

        i have driven a 911 about 16 years ago, but i knew ... because i was told to be carefull in bends and curves.

        always a bigger engine, always the same here ... come and sit next to me, i show what i can do with 90hp, don't forget to bring bags.


        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok, though about it, still wanna stab her? Grab her by the throat, get your daughter and kidnap her?....But seriously, I still don't see why they won't do it. It already handles on par or better than the 911 and with some twin turbos it was leave the 911 in the dust around the track. Its like they are holding back on the Cayman...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to know how much weight the "fabric door pulls" save?
        • 4 Years Ago
        apparently the door pull assemblies save 2.2 lbs combined if im not mistaken...but yeah im pretty sure they are there more as a "tribute" to the old race cars than anything else
      • 4 Years Ago
      This sounds like the perfect car. Please Porsche, just don't go crazy with the graphics cannon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      haha typical Porsche less is more $$$ lol...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Less weight is also more performance, and usually harder (more $$$) to accomplish under the safety and federalization regs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You get MORE performance, and a MUCH higher resale value... sounds like a good deal to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the Boxster Spyder, I am definitely eager to see how they apply the same treatment to the Cayman.
      If it looks as good as the Spyder, I would rather have this one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1...If this car turns out as awesome as the Spyder is, it'll def. be top candidate for my next ride.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Mugenjibz , good thinking , i went to a better college because i wanted a 911, and of course college girls. i got both. stay in school , kids !
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...that being said, if I ever hope to get outta med school and actually GET this car, I should probably get off autoblog and get back to studying. blah.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's about time Porsche tweaked the Cayman S. This thing is going to be a sweet giant killer on the track. I just hope the future iterations of this car don't get bigger and fatter, then get undermined with a new entry level model a la M3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the cayman s is already the sweetest driving car for sale today, this one should be a riot
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean the M1 from bmw...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The same could be said about the Z4 or even to some extent the hardtop MX5.
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