Just as Porsche’s new Boxster made its debut in the beginning of this year in Detroit, its snappy hardtop coupe cousin, the Cayman, makes its debut on the other side of America at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new two-seater mid-engined coupe looks nearly identical to the new Boxster save for the curvature of its fixed roof, whose roofline now reaches further to the back and has a steeper rake, giving it a profile that is close to the 911.
Like the Boxster, the Cayman is powered by the same 2.7-litre flat-six engine in its standard variant, and 3.4-litre flax-six engine in the “S” variant.
That said peak power produced by the two engines in the Cayman is bumped up by 10hp, to 271hp and 321hp respectively, as compared to the engines in the Boxsters.
Both variants are available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK dual clutch transmission.
According to Porsche, the Cayman is up to 30kg lighter, depending on model and equipment, and consumes up to 15 per cent less fuel.
The standard Cayman boasts a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.4 seconds, with a top speed of 266km/h, whereas the Cayman S would get to the 100km/h mark in 4.7 seconds, and hit 283km/h.
Fuel consumption figures for the Cayman lie between 7.7 litres and 8.2 litres, while the Cayman S gets between 8 litres and 8.8 litres, depending on the transmission.
Sime Darby Auto Performance, custodians of the Porsche brand in Malaysia adds that the Cayman would be available here in Malaysia by the second quarter of next year.