The 2015 Cayman is more distinctive than ever. Its proportions are new, and yet it is clearly a Porsche sport coupé; an extended wheelbase with shorter overhangs and 18- and 19-inch diameter wheels with larger rolling circumference are identifying visual characteristics of the car’s more enhanced driving performance.
The windscreen shifted forward and the roof line that reaches far back. Typical of the more advanced styling is the shoulder line, which runs from the wings towards the rear side panels. From the front, the new Cayman is marked by its dominant cooling air inlets, which increase in size towards the sides of the car. Integrated in them, far outboard, are the round front lights with four-point daytime running lights or position lights, an unmistakable identifying feature of the latest Cayman. Mounted directly to the rear lid is the thin blade of the rear spoiler, which – in contrast to that of the Boxster – is higher and deploys at a steeper angle. The overall appearance of the Cayman is more independent than ever before.
Porsche is implementing two exceptional sport engines in the Cayman, which combine ample torque with high power in the upper engine speed range. The new engines induct their air from the left and right air scoops. In the 3.4-litre
six-cylinder engine of the Cayman S, a switching resonance flap improves cylinder fill, providing high torque at low revs as well as a uniform torque curve. Both engines feature variable valve timing and lift (VarioCam Plus) on the intake side for optimal timing in charge changes.
Together with the other Porsche state-of-the-art features, in plain language it simply means that the Cayman S is fantastic to drive; it’s a joy to experience the effect of top-quality engineering and science on an everyday task, now becoming a chore. Not so with Porsche, where every model employs industry leading engineering expertise to deliver an amazing sporty – and safe – driving experience. The Cayman S may well be the world’s best little sports car.
ENGINE 3.5 litre flat-six biturbo, with direct fuel injection (DFI), twin turbochargers, VarioCam Plus optimised for sporty performance
MAX POWER 325 hp (239 kW) @ 7,400 rpm
MAX TORQUE 370 Nm @ 4,500 – 5,800 rpm
MAX SPEED 283 kph
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 4.7 secs
TRANSMISSION 7-speed PDK with PTM and flexible all-wheel drive
EXTERIOR The new body is entirely new, with reduced weight and increased torsional rigidity. It has better proportions, more glass area and more prominent lines; the razor-sharp lines emphasise the new graceful, extended silhouette; wings flaring sharply upwards, dynamic recesses in the doors and distinctive air scoops on the rear side panels differentiate this model and create a unique Cayman
INTERIOR The new ergonomics of the Cayman S now offer drivers even better conditions for quick and effortless gear shifts. New sport seats offer very good comfort for long-distance touring and very good lateral support for a dynamic style of driving. The car’s extended silhouette also increases the practical utility of the Cayman
SAFETY/SECURITY There is no separate safety section in Porsche specifications: Every system – suspension, chassis, cabin and power delivery – is engineered to enhance performance, driver and passenger satisfaction, and at the same time to strengthen the active and passive safety capabilities of an awesome driving machine
The Porsche Centre (Al Boraq Auto) on Airport Street will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the latest Cayman S or any of its sports cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4459 9666.
For more information, visit Porsche Qatar’s website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 62 Spring/Summer 2015 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 62 for only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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