Porsche, like the rest of the automotive world, is gearing up for the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of this month. While for us that means carefully calculating our staggered chow-runs to In-N-Out Burger in-between press conferences, for Porsche it involves prepping two more world-class sports cars with which to dominate the competition.

In a press release today, Porsche announced that it would be bringing along its 911 Carrera 4 for a North American debut. Having already seen the all-wheel-drive 911 at the Paris Motor Show (hell, we've even driven the thing), the Carrera showing will serve as nothing more than an appetizer to the main course: a world premiere.

Right now, the German automaker is saying only that the new car is a "compact sports car." Previous reports have said that the next-generation Cayman could be coming to LA, so the mystery may not be especially deep.

Scroll down to read Porsche short press release confirming the reveals.
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News Release November 9, 2012

On the path to success in the world's largest Porsche market
Two Premieres Planned for 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show


Atlanta. Porsche is continuing its sustained success in the U.S. with a world premiere and a North American premiere planned for the upcoming 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The U.S. continues to be Porsche's largest market, with more than 28,226 vehicles delivered in the first ten months of this year. This represents a gain of 13 percent compared to last year during the same period, when 24,934 vehicles were sold. In October 2012 alone, 3,211 Porsche cars were delivered to customers in the U.S., a substantial increase of 41 percent over last October.

The world premiere of a compact sports car at the Los Angeles Auto Show will add impetus to this trend. Porsche will reveal the new vehicle to international media at 12:05 pm on Nov. 28 during a press conference at the Porsche show stand.

Celebrating its North American debut at the show is the 911 Carrera 4, which is distinguished by its prominent broad rear section and a red light strip between the rear lights. The typical Porsche all-wheel drive layout, which emphasizes power to the rear wheels, guarantees maximum driving performance on a wide variety of road surfaces and in all weather conditions. The 911 Carrera 4 was unveiled at the Paris International Motor Show in September.

With these two U.S. sports car premieres, Porsche hopes to generate ideal conditions for continued sales success and growth in the world's largest Porsche market.


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      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uh, is there any doubt that this will be the new Cayman?
      Mike Fernandez
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new Cayman is going to be badass. And perhaps they'll have a concept for the supercar that's supposed to bridge the gap between the 918 Spyder and the 911 Turbo
      Brex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looking forward to seeing this.
      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet! I can't wait to see the new Cayman S (or even R).
      Leet
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank God Porsche, the MOST PROFITABLE car company (now division) on the planet doesn't listen to half of you dim light bulbs. Porsche has outstanding quality, engineering, and heritage/history. You get what you pay for. Like some one said earlier, if you can't afford new, there's always pre-owned, otherwise, don't knock it, because you sound like a bitter, ignorant fool.
      MazdaMovement
      • 2 Years Ago
      Be interesting if it was made affordable for the masses. But doubt that will happen.
        Phontsolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MazdaMovement
        That's what i was hoping when i read the title.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MazdaMovement
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      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      By the time you option out the Gayman its pretty close to 911 stripper,so why waste money on the Gayman & get laughed at the traffic lights & sneered at by 911 owners.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        It appears that you cannot spell the name of the car.
        th0mb0ne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        Clearly, you've never been inside of a Porsche.
        Alex Butti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        The "Gayman" is one of the funnest handling car on the market!
        Hoale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        you sir are a douche
        David Corsaro
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        You're pathetic and probably drive a Camry.
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        have ta say here,..any moron that uses the word "gayman" to describe the "cayman",..clearly hasn't BEEN IN ONE!...we've had them as loaners on our 911 turbo,..and they actually out-handle and out steer out turbo,..hands down!,...the cayman is the car that actually would BEAT the 911 if porsche would allow it to do so,...but,..the 911, for now,..is their top dog,..so they somewhat "nueter" their cayman,...that's high praise indeed,..coming from someone who has actually driven almost every car in porsches line-up,..[we own a 911 turbo,..and a cayenne turbo],...all are sweet,..in particular,..the 911 gt3,..gt3rs, and gt2,....and cayman, and cayman r,...if you had actual "wheel-time" with these vehicles,..you wouldn't diss them so lightly!,..just sayin...
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope it isn't like the 944...
        Jack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        I hope you weren't sober when posted that.
        th0mb0ne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        you're hoping it's not awesome?
        IOMTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        So, you hope it isn't the best handling car of it's time?
        colin.shark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        MMMMAYBE you have a point with the 924, but the 944s are just awesome.
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        the 944 was AWESOME!,..and saved porsche's ass in the 80's my friend!,..great car for what it was...
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Boxster and Cayman are the only 2 true Porsche's in the lineup, if only they were a little cheaper.
        aeheywood
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        I see that you were listening during the lesson on Polar Moments of Inertia. And : You don't throw a hammer 'handle first', do you?
      tbird57w
      • 2 Years Ago
      soon when somebody says they have a porsche, the response may be:"Who doesn't"
        jvice
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tbird57w
        cool story
        colin.shark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tbird57w
        As if the brand is holy, and Porsche is a not a business just doing businessly things.
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm... It looks like something that could've been released in 1998. Porsche loves those 90's curves.
        Phontsolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scooter
        What the hell are you looking at buddy?
        askroon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scooter
        Yeah but it'll basically be a new Boxster coupe when they take off the camouflage, and that car looks thoroughly modern.
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          @askroon
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