Porsche celebrates 300,000 sales of Boxster/Cayman

June 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

After getting a drive in the Porsche Cayman S, Car and SUV became a big fan of the model and the platform-sharing Boxster. It’s no surprise that we aren’t alone with news that Porsche has ticked up 300,000 sales of the Cayman and Boxster models.

It’s taken 15 years to reach this milestone since the very first Boxster roadster left the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant in Germany. Most of the vehicles have been in convertible Boxster form with the hard top Cayman not contributing until the 2006 model year.

To celebrate Porsche dressed up the 300,000th vehicle real pretty. It’s a Boxster Spyder with a Platinum Silver paint job and Carrera red leather trim. This hot ride is most likely set to be sold to a lucky local owner in Germany.

We’re big fans of Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman, and it appears we’re not alone. Porsche is celebrating 300,000 Cayman and Boxster models sold, almost exactly 15 years after the first roadster left the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant in Germany. The lion’s share of those sports cars have been convertibles – the hard-hatted Cayman didn’t join the party until 2005 as a 2006 model. Continue reading “Porsche celebrates 300,000 sales of Boxster/Cayman” »

Porsche confirms development of four-cylinder boxer engine

January 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Love it or hate it, concerns over fuel efficiency have begun to seriously affect all of the world’s major automakers. Even high-end brands are not immune and Porsche, with its wide range of vehicles and  increasing sales, is looking at options to decrease fuel usage in some of its models.

It’s no secret that one idea Porsche has been considering is the inclusion of a new four-cylinder engine in its lineup, reports of which have been around for the past few years. Now, it’s official.

Speaking with the media recently, Porsche’s former R&D chief Wolfgang Durheimer revealed that the German automaker is building a new four-cylinder engine and that it will power the next-generation Boxster and Cayman sports car models.

Durheimer went on to say that the new engine could even see an application in the 911 but he stressed that the iconic model will remain a six-cylinder for the foreseeable future.

This new four pot engine is also expected to power Porsche’s upcoming entry-level Roadster model. There is some indication that the smaller Porsche would borrow many parts from a donor car built by Volkswagen and Audi to cut production costs but Porsche is still keen to develop its own powertrain for the car. Continue reading “Porsche confirms development of four-cylinder boxer engine” »

Go Your Own Way: The new Cayman

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche promo video for the 2009 Cayman and Cayman S

Porsche Cayman S 2009

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche Cayman S driving footage and information

Porsche Cayman S facelift

December 16th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Driving and static exterior and interior shots of the facelifted Porsche Cayman S

Driving and static exterior and interior shots of the facelifted Porsche Cayman S

Jaguar XE Roadster looking probable

August 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar XE roadster

According to recent reports Jaguar is busy developing a new, smaller sports car designed to take on Porsche’s Boxster convertible and its hardtop Cayman sibling.

The new model is expected to be produced in roadster and coupe form and has been named the XE by the motoring press.

Slotting into the Jaguar line-up beneath the XK coupe and convertible, the smaller XE is thought to be an important component in a overall product plan that would see Jaguar building more than 100,000 cars a year by 2015.

It will feature an all-new aluminum platform that will eventually form the basis of the next-generation XK, XF and even the XJ through 2015 and beyond. It will reportedly be a common aluminum matrix, housing the engine up front with power sent to the rear wheels.

In regards to the XE’s powertrain expect to see a gasoline naturally-aspirated V6 producing around 205kW. A supercharged version kicking out 260kW is also suggested as a range-topping variant.

All details of the XE remain unconfirmed as Jaguar is still exploring the production viability of the new entry-level sportscar. If it does go ahead 2013 is the earliest possible launch date.

Porsche Cayman S 2009 Review

July 30th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Back in 2005 Porsche found itself the father to only two sports car sons; its first-born 911 and its baby Boxster. A middle child was required and this came in the form of the Porsche Cayman. For 2009 the Cayman has entered into a second generation receiving cosmetic and mechanical upgrades but remaining based on the platform of its Boxster sibling. To simply view the Cayman as a ‘Boxster Coupe’ is a massive oversight because the Cayman is hell-bent on carving out an identity all its own.

Car and SUV road tested the go-harder Cayman S variant with the optional PDK dual clutch transmission, a desirable combination for showcasing the updated Porsche’s performance credentials. Packed inside the Cayman S is a mid-mounted direct fuel-injected 3.4-litre six cylinder that now kicks out 253kW – an 18kW increase on the outgoing model. It’s an exciting power plant, the flat-cylinder howl that comes from the exhausts and the noise the engine generates behind the driver’s head is spine tingling. It’s a brawny yet flexible unit, responding with haste even from low revs and pulling with absolute gusto all the way to 7,200rpm where peak power is achieved. The new-generation motor benefits from direct-injection which sharpens engine response, improves carbon emissions and increases fuel economy (9.2l/100km).

Porsche’s commended PDK double-clutch gearbox does the cog work; it works seamlessly through the seven available gears providing subtle and smooth shifts. The PDK’s strength comes from its multiple personalities, being capable of economical tip-toeing around town but work the throttle and the speedy shift patterns will push the Porsche to peak performance. Manual shift operation is available on the steering wheel through sliding buttons that are pushed for up shift and pulled for down. While this system functions without issue, some drivers will prefer the more established paddle set up with ‘right paddle up, left paddle down’ operation.

Overall, the Cayman’s power train is pure class and will rocket the car from 0-100kph in 5.1 seconds. Our test vehicle was fitted with the optional Sports Chrono Pack with launch control dropping the 0-100kph sprint time to a blistering 4.9 seconds. At the scary end the Cayman S won’t give up till it tops out at 275kph.

It was clearly important to Porsche that the Cayman S not surpass its flagship 911 for raw pace but no such restrictions were put on its handling capabilities. The handling was already near perfect and now it’s even better with a retuned suspension for the second generation. With a wide stance and fat tyres the grip on offer is staggering and throttle or brake can be applied mid-corner with complete confidence. All drivers can adjust safely and quickly to the Cayman’s agile handling, and its limits are higher than many will dare venture. Steering is direct and highly communicative, there is also genuine weight to the steering system, allowing the driver to muscle the Cayman through sharp bends and switchbacks. The Cayman S simply feels built for the open road it has a level of agility and poise that would be hard to match even by more expensive sports cars.

Ride quality is firm but compliant gobbling up dips and bumps in the road and any jarring doesn’t upset the handling. Some wind noise does enter the cabin and the wide tyres do generate significant road noise on rough surfaces but general comfort never feels compromised. There is nothing to suggest the Cayman S wouldn’t make a good touring vehicle, so long as you pack reasonably light.

Physically, the Cayman S has received light restyling, the 911 derived front end now features new light clusters and fog lamps. Along the flanks, gaping side air intakes and muscular wheel arches look fantastic and 18-inch alloys or optional 19’s boost up bling factor. When viewing the Cayman S from the rear and in profile it does look awkward with its fastback hatch dipping toward the rear bumper. It’s an indulgent styling line that’s only broken when the car hits 120km/h and the automated rear wing raises 80mm. The Cayman’s front end is timeless Porsche design but this elegance doesn’t shift fluidly into the rear aesthetic resulting in a car that’s still handsome and eye-catching but not totally stunning.

Step into the cabin and you’re greeted with a functional and immaculately built interior. Strictly a two-seater the Cayman still rejects any threat of claustrophobia with ample natural light entering and generous leg and headroom for both occupants. There is usable storage space with front and rear boots combining to provide a 410-litre capacity. The driving position is excellent; despite the low seating position front-facing visibility is uncompromised and the Cayman’s raked roofline doesn’t necessitate a sharply reclined seat. Occupants are wrapped up tight in soft perforated-leather sports seats and surrounded by high-quality dark plastics with silver accents. The interior receives some face lifted touches including a larger multifunction display screen that works well but the surrounding switchgear could be better laid out. The only small complaint for the Cayman’s cabin is the cup holders which are an innovative design but look precarious when filled with an open vessel.

When it’s time to throw down the anchors the Cayman is equipped with huge vented disc brakes interacting with four-piston aluminum calipers. A ceramic brake package is offered as optional equipment. Six airbags are standard fare including dual front airbags, side window airbags and side thorax bags. Additionally, the Cayman’s packing an advanced stability control system with traction control and brake assistance.

Priced at $161,000 with the PDK transmission a piece of performance kit like the Cayman S doesn’t come cheap, particularly considering it’s not Porsche’s top range model. While it doesn’t have the history, prestige and raw performance of the 911 the Cayman is a solid step up from the Boxster and an accomplished all rounder. Despite some polarizing exterior design there is a modern European elegance to the Cayman and a fireworks factory of bang for your buck. Clear its lungs and stretch its legs on a windy road with the flat-six engine providing the stereo soundtrack and any romantic notions that you really needed a 911 will be rapidly drowned out.

Click through to the next page for a list of specifications

Price: from $155,000 as tested $169,860

What we like:

  • Exceptional handling ability
  • Brawny and flexible power plant
  • High quality and practical interior

What we don’t like:

  • Awkward rear styling
  • Cup holders

Words and Photos: Adam Mamo

Porsche Cayman S – Specifications

Layout / number of cylinders 6
Displacement 3,436 cm³
Engine layout/Drive Mid-engine
Power 235 Kw (320 hp)
Max. torque (Nm) at rpm 370 Nm at rpm 4,750
Compression ratio 12.5 : 1

Top speed 275 km/h (171 mph)
Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) 5.1 s (4.9 s Sport+)
Acceleration from 0 – 160 km/h (0 – 99 mph) 11.2 s (10.9 s Sport+)
Elasticity 80 – 120 km/h (50 – 75 mph) 6.3 s 5th gear

Body Length 4,347 mm
Width 1,801 mm
Height 1,306 mm
Wheelbase 2,415 mm
Drag coefficient (Cd) 0.30
Unladen weight (DIN) 1,375 kg
Unladen weight (EG) 1,450 kg
Permissible gross weight 1,675 kg

Fuel tank 64 litres

Fuel consumption
Urban 14.1 l/km
Non-urban 6.6 l/km

Price: NZ$161.000

Exclusive Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3 to hit the streets

March 27th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Like the Porsche Cayman S Design Edition 1 and Boxster S Design Edition 2 before it, the Cayenne GTS Design Edition 3 is a show case of what the German automaker’s industrial design shop can do.

The Cayenne version maintains the trends set by the Cayman S and Boxster S with special dark striping on the doors and bonnet that contrasts with the unique Lava Grey Metallic paint colour. The 21-inch SportPlus wheels continue the colour scheme and feature thin spokes through which the GTS’ braking hardware can be viewed. A roof spoiler, tinted glass and special “Porsche Design Edition 3” badging round out the exterior appointments. The interior is finished with lots of carbon fibre trim, black leather with red stitching, while more “Porsche Design Edition 3” branding can be found on the instruments, door sills and a token placard in the glove box along with the vehicle’s serial number.

Performance upgrades are scarce on this limited edition version of the Cayenne GTS, which is already a capable performance SUV. However, you do get a sports exhaust and slightly lowered suspension. What sweetens the deal is the Porsche Design accessories that come standard, including a chronograph watch and four-piece luggage set.

Only 1,000 examples of the exclusive Porsche Cayenne GTS Design Edition 3 will be produced.

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