On the heels of its well-received Boxster drop-top, Porsche rolled out its all-new third-generation Cayman coupe at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

Anyone who is familiar with automaker's new mid-engine Boxster (it debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show) knows all they need to know about the Cayman. It is, in Porsche's own words, lower and longer, lighter and faster, more efficient and more powerful than ever. The standard Cayman model arrives with a 2.7-liter flat-six Boxer engine rated at 275 horsepower, while the premium Cayman S is fitted with a 3.4-liter six generating 325 horsepower. A six-speed manual is the standard gearbox, while the automakers seven-speed dual-clutch PDK automated gearbox is optional. In performance configuration (PDK with Sport Chrono), the Cayman will run to 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds and the Cayman S will do it in 4.4 seconds.

Acceleration is only part of the story, as the mid-engine coupe is wider and riding on a longer wheelbase than its predecessor – with a low center of gravity and optimal balance, it should take to a slalom like an Olympic skier.

Porsche says the new Cayman will arrive in Spring 2013. Base price of the Cayman is $52,600, with the Cayman S starting at $63,800 (not including a destination charge of $950).
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Los Angeles. Porsche is celebrating the world premiere of the new Cayman at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third generation of the Cayman, which is making its appearance before an international audience at the LA Convention Center, has been re-engineered from the ground up - it is lower and longer, lighter and faster, more efficient and more powerful than ever. The two-seat sport coupé will be launched on the market in two versions: Cayman and Cayman S. A longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels enhance the driving performance of the mid-engine sports car to a level without equal in its competitive class.

Delivering more power with even better fuel economy than before, any of two highly efficient flat-six cylinder engines is mounted just in front of the rear axle, surrounded by its lightweight aluminium and steel body. The Cayman is powered by a 2.7-liter engine with 275 hp; with the Sport Chrono package it accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The 3.4-liter engine in the Cayman S produces 325 hp; with PDK and the Sport Chrono package it sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

The new Cayman will arrive dealerships in Spring 2013 starting at $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S, not including a destination charge of $950.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Gentlemen behold the "True 911".
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish they'd stop worrying about stepping on big brother 911s toes and make a truly serious Cayman. I have always preferred it to the 911, and it looks like this generation will be no different, because I love the looks of this new generation. Come on Porsche, make a 500 hp Cayman Turbo. You can sell both it and the 911 you know.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'm sure they will have a R version. Also, the Cayman S and the base 911 are not worlds apart. For daily use, any extra wouldn't be missed and on the track, the difference could be made up by being a better driver.
      • 2 Years Ago
      One word: Stunning. A true driver's car not a one trick time slip car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll be in my frunk.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy.. how beautiful is this car? Visually it improves on the previous iteration in every way, especially the somewhat awkward rear section on the outgoing model. Having owned the 2007 edition, I can't wait. My only fear is being run over Bigfoot style by a redneck in a king ranch (as a Cayman will fit comfortably under one of its axles... sans hardtop...)
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        I honestly like the looks of this better than the 911. The thing is absolutely gorgeous, and this is coming from a purist who always hated the Cayman and Boxster and thinks Porsche should only make one car.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          911 is a better looking car. But if I had to choose I would consider new Cayman + a 4x4 instead.
        • 2 Years Ago
        +1 and better looking than the all-new 911.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Porsche continues the ballsy pricing scheme of charging more for the coupe than the convertible. I'm sure it is a great car, most likely the best driver's car in Porsche's line up, but it's hard to understand why this thing is more expensive than the Boxster when a 911 cab is $10K MORE than a 911 coupe.
      • 2 Years Ago
      50k for a car ain't the 'omg, you spent 50k on a car' crazy it used to be. even a 3 series can reach 50k now with options. I'd rather drop 50k on a boxster now.
      • 2 Years Ago
      How come you guys never do giveaways? Engadget's always giving out phones & ****. How bout a Cayman giveaway? Pretty please? For Christmas? Also. I agree. This thing is gorgeous. I know they're completely different, but its gotta be hard to pick the 911 over this.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is true to Porsche’s . This really is the true heir to the original 911 and at $52K its within reach.. for a middle class person, even if we might be looking at a used one down the road.
      • 2 Years Ago
      NICE!!! but can't afford...
        • 2 Years Ago
        Which is why I'm looking at it more like a 2019 consideration.
      • 2 Years Ago
      With the all-new Boxster preceding it by a year, it really reduces the thunder of the new Cayman. That said, it looks really sharp and the interior is better - the same for the 2013 Boxster. Yet again, their is a cost privilege to drive a hardtop Boxster of $3100. Would love to drive an S, but I think driving a base with a manual would be amazing. When my car is due to be replaced, I'll try looking at a couple year old one.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Come on powerball, daddy needs some new wheels.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I hope you win, but please if you win buy yourself a proper sport cars, its 550 million $ you could get a ferrari, mclaren, zonda, porsche 918.... not a 65000 cayman
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