Porsche unveils updated Cayman coupe at Los Angeles show

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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How does a longer, lower, lighter, faster, more powerful yet more efficient Porsche Cayman sound? The 2014 Cayman follows the same pattern as the totally new 2013 Boxster, in that every aspect of the car is better.

The 2014 Cayman was introduced to the world's media at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, with entirely new sheet metal front to back. To those familiar with the updated Boxster, the Cayman's new look won't be a shock as its unique vertical headlamp clusters and stylish new taillights that seamlessly integrate into the deck lid spoiler make the closed car seem more like a Boxster coupe than the previous model.

Like the revised roadster, the new Cayman coupe sports a base 2.7-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine making 275-horsepower, whereas the pricier Cayman S gets a new 3.4-litre flat six boasting 325-horsepower. Unlike the new seven-speed manual in the 911, both Cayman trim levels feature a more conventional six-speed manual like the Boxster, although the PDK sequential automated gearbox comes with seven forward gears. When equipped with PDK and the optional Sport Chrono package, with its launch control system, the Cayman can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds while the new Cayman S can manage the feat in a mere 4.6 seconds.

Of course, performance is measured in more ways than just straight-line speed, with the new Cayman getting a wider body and associated track along with a longer wheelbase and larger wheels for better handling and a nicer more compliant ride. Its lighter weight results in a lower centre of gravity too, so expect it to tackle curves with as much improvement over the outgoing Cayman as the new Boxster edges out its predecessor. We can also expect better fuel economy, says Porsche, news that is always welcome.

Along with the redesigned exterior, the new Cayman gets all the same interior updates as the Boxster, including its total redesigned instrument panel and dash made from much higher quality materials, Porsche's now trademark centre stack along with its new infotainment system and controversial electronic parking brake, updated sport seats, and other enhancements.

The new Cayman and Cayman S will go on sale next spring, with pricing and Canadian-specific trim details available closer to the launch date.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Porsche, 2014, Cayman, Cayman S, $50,000 - $74,999, $75,000 - $99,999,

Organizations: Porsche

Geographic location: Los Angeles

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