The new Boxster Sypder—which was revealed to the world at the Los Angeles Auto Show in late 2009 and went on sale in February of 2010—has brought even more excitement to Porsche's renowned mid-engine model lineup that includes the Boxster and the Boxster S roadsters and Cayman and Cayman S coupes.Engine
Both Cayman models are equipped with brand engine developments, but have retained the familiar layout: six horizontally opposed cylinders.
The 2.9-litre engine of the Cayman delivers 195 kW (265 hp) at an engine speed of 7,200 rpm. The maximum torque of 300 Nm is achieved between 4,400 and 6,000 rpm.
The engine of the Cayman S has a 3.4-litre capacity and, for the first time, direct fuel injection (DFI). Power output is 235 kW (320 hp) at 7,200 rpm. Maximum torque: 370 Nm at 4,750 rpm.
All of this is achieved by DFI (in the Cayman S), a lightweight construction and a host of other engineering advancements, e.g. VarioCam Plus. This system increases torque in the lower engine speed range and power output in the upper engine speed range. Injection and ignition are controlled by the engine electronics. The driver regulates engine power – and of course sound – using the extremely sensitive electronic accelerator pedal.Suspension
The Cayman models follow a clear line. Their own. Even when it comes to the chassis. The driver's connection to the road is an essential priority at all times, along with the delivery of the engine's power.
For this reason, the Cayman models are equipped with a lightweight suspension with transverse links and spring struts, front and rear. The spring and damper unit and the anti-roll bar unit have been further tuned for exceptional driving dynamics and greater driving comfort. During fast lane changes and through tight corners, this chassis is in its element.
Thanks to the mid-engine layout and the construction of the bodyshell, roll and pitch are practically eliminated. The chassis responds with absolute precision to acceleration and braking.
The lightweight construction keeps the vehicle gross weight and the weight of the unsprung masses low. Virtually all moving axle parts are made of aluminium.
Driving stability is excellent, even in the event of considerable load changes – thanks not least to the vehicle's generous track width. High levels of safety and a consistently dynamic driving experience are the resultWheels
The Cayman is fitted with 17-inch wheels as standard. The new star-shaped design expresses sheer sportiness and allows an eye-catching view of the brake calipers. The Cayman S is fitted with large, 18-inch wheels as standard and the turbine-like arrangement of the spokes gives the car an extremely powerful look. 19-inch wheels are available for both models on request. All available wheels are equipped with anti-theft protection.Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM)
The latest optional Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) sends warnings to the on-board computer's display screen in the event of low tire pressure. The driver can check the pressure in all four tires from the instrument cluster. The system now updates even faster after an engine start, tire pressure correction or wheel change – for increased comfort and safety.Sport Chrono Package
Driving a Porsche should be an even more connected driving experience than it is already. On request, we can equip your vehicle with the Sport Chrono Package, which is available for both of the new Cayman models. Its functions enable an even sportier change in throttle mapping and guarantee even more driving pleasure.
Selecting the Sport button on the center console activates Sport mode, which makes throttle response significantly more immediate, adjusts the rev-limiter to a harder setting and activates the optional Sport Exhaust system.
The optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) also switches to Sport mode, which offers harder damping and better roadholding.
With the optional PDK in automatic mode, gearshift points are delayed until the upper rev range. The shift times are shorter, the gear changes sportier. At low rates of deceleration, the system initiates a swifter, brake-induced downshift. In manual mode, gear changes are faster and more dynamic. In Sport mode, the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system intervenes later for increased longitudinal and lateral dynamics. PSM now affords greater maneuverability under braking and exit acceleration, especially at low speeds. For maximum dexterity, PSM can be set to standby while the car is still in Sport mode. For safety, it is set to intervene automatically only when ABS assistance is required on both front wheels.
A key component of the Sport Chrono Package is the swivelmounted timer in the center of the dashboard, with analog and digital display.
In combination with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the Sport Chrono Package offers two additional functions that are activated by the Sport Plus button.
First, Launch Control, which ensures you achieve the fastest possible rate of acceleration from a standing start. Launch Control is operated via the Sport Plus button with the 'D' or 'M' drive position selected. The driver depresses the brake pedal with the left foot; the right foot depresses the accelerator pedal to the floor. With the accelerator depressed, the system detects the driver's request for Launch Control and revs the engine to an optimal speed of approximately 6500 rpm. Engine torque increases and the clutch closes slightly. The message 'Launch Control Active' appears on the instrument cluster display. The driver now quickly releases the brake—and prepares for maximum acceleration.
Second, the motorsport-derived gearshift strategy. Úsing this, PDK is geared up for maximum shift speed, the shortest possible shift times and optimal shift points for maximum acceleration—for uncompromising performance.
A key component of the Sport Chrono Package is the timer mounted on the dashboard. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system has a special performance display to view, store and evaluate segment times or other driving times. It shows the total driving time, segment distance and the segment times recorded so far. You can view the current fastest segment and the remaining range until empty. Traveled distances can be recorded and benchmark times defined.
The personal memory function of the Sport Chrono Package Plus can also be used to store personalized settings for a range of systems, including the 'Welcome Home' lighting or air conditioning.Transport Concept
The Cayman models satisfy your need for independence, whatever your destination or purpose. After all, there are occasions when you don't get into your car merely for the sake of it. Sometimes, you simply need to get from A to B. Such as a trip to the shops, or to pursue your favourite leisure activities.
With their generous transport concept, which includes two luggage compartments, a wide range of storage spaces and the optional roof transport system, the Cayman models are extremely practical. And, of course, they still offer an abundance of driving pleasure, whatever the reason for your journey.Front Luggage Compartment
The front luggage compartment is lined with black carpet and offers 150 litres of loadspace.Rear Luggage Space
The luggage space located beneath the upholstered rear lid is lined with carpet in the interior colour and consists of both a storage surface above the engine cover and the luggage compartment behind it. This design enables the convenient loading of longer items of luggage. It has a capacity of 260 litres and a high-quality finish. On request, you can have the panels surrounding the engine cover and the integral strut tower mouldings finished in the vehicle's exterior colour.
A retaining rail at the front of the engine cover helps to secure any luggage under braking. A luggage stop behind the seats is also available as an option. Smaller items can be secured on top of the engine cover using a luggage net with four lashing eyelets. A stainless steel partition provides an elegant transition to the lower rear luggage area. This is the ideal space for larger items and also has four lashing eyelets for attaching a luggage net.
Another useful feature is the covered service opening, which conceals the conveniently located coolant and engine oil filler tubes.Storage Compartments
The interior of the Cayman models is packed with a wide range of ingenious and ergonomically positioned storage spaces. On the passenger's side, there is a large, lockable glove box, which will contain integral CD storage if you have selected an optional sound system. Other storage compartments can be found beneath the radio or PCM, in the rear centre console and in the door armrests. In the Cayman S, the lids of these compartments are trimmed in leather. Between the two seats, on the engine bulkhead, is another compartment offering 4.5 litres of storage space. The dashboard trim strip neatly conceals two separate cup holders.Roof Transport System
The optional roof transport system is aerodynamically efficient and made of aluminium. Its low weight and uncomplicated mechanism make it easy to fit. A range of attachments are available for the roof transport system, such as a roof box and carriers for bikes and skis/snowboards – for sporty activities 365 days a year. The maximum permissible roof load is 60 kg. The preparation for mounting the roof transport system is fitted as standard, while attachments are available from Porsche Tequipment through your Porsche Centre.
The acceleration of the Cayman models is impressive. Even more impressive, perhaps, is the vehicle's maximum braking power, which comfortably tames the power of the engine.
Four-piston aluminium monobloc brake calipers are fitted front and rear. Offering excellent rigidity, they are compact and save on weight. Their superior responsiveness, for fast and sensitive braking, sets them apart. A brake booster provides assistance, reducing pedal effort whilst maintaining a powerful braking effect.
A special ventilation system, whereby the entire wheel brake is supplied with cooling air by openings in the front end and special channelling systems, increases the stability of the brakes during heavy use.
For the Cayman models, the braking system has been modified to cope with the increased engine power. Just like the Cayman S, the front axle of the Cayman features internally vented brake discs with a diameter of 318 mm. On both models, 299 mm brake discs are fitted to the rear axle. The brake pads have also been optimised for improved braking performance. The rear brake discs of the Cayman S are 4 mm thicker than those of the Cayman, which increases stability under load even further. To distinguish them visually, the brake calipers on the Cayman have a black anodised finish while those on the Cayman S are painted red.
For reduced weight, optimum braking in the wet and improved cooling, the brake discs on both models are cross-drilled.
For the Cayman S, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is available as an option.Source - Porsche