The second generation Cayman and Boxster revealed at the Los Angeles
International Motor Show will be here in March 2009
New engines, more power, the introduction of Porsche’s double clutch gearbox Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK for short) and improved fuel economy are the technical highlights of the new models.
Now displacing 2.9 litres, the flat six-cylinder engine develops 188kW in the entry level Boxster and 195kW in the entry level Cayman, an increase by 8kW and 15kW respectively over the preceding models with their 2.7-litre engine.
The 3.4-litre engine in the S-versions, benefiting from Direct Fuel Injection, now delivers 228kW in the Boxster S and 235kW in the Cayman S, up 11kW and 18kW respectively.
The 3.4-litre Cayman S with optional PDK and optional Sports Chrono Package (featuring Launch Control) reportedly accelerates to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds to set the benchmark for the mid-engined range. The 2.9-litre Boxster with its six-speed manual gearbox featured as standard completes the same sprint in 5.9 seconds.
With optional PDK, both the 2.9-litre Boxster and 2.9-litre Cayman models better the nine-litre/100 kms consumption mark for the first time – recording 8.9 litres/100 kms according to the EU4 standard. This is an 11 per cent improvement over the former models with Tiptronic S gearbox.
Even greater fuel savings are recorded with the 3.4-litre Boxster S and Cayman S with optional PDK. Their fuel consumption of 9.2 litres/100 kms represents a significant reduction of 16 per cent over the previous models with Tiptronic S.
At the front the Roadster and Coupé differ clearly from one another through the distinctive design of their air intakes; from the rear through the new rear panels with diffuser inserts on the Boxster and a wind deflector plate on the Cayman.
Yet a further highlight is provided by the fog lamps featured as standard – rectangular in shape on the Boxster, round on the Cayman.
For the first time both models are available with an optional Lights Package featuring bi-xenon headlights, dynamic curve lights and LED daytime driving lights. Replacing the fog lamps, these light units are made up on the Boxster of four LEDs positioned next to one another, while on the Cayman four LEDs are arranged in round light units similar to the eyes of a dice.
The optional Sports Chrono Package (featuring Launch Control and race track style gear shifting) improves the 0–100 km/h sprint by a further 0.2 seconds.
Final specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to the cars' launch date.