Porsche Cayman prototype testing with disguise

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.