Here Comes the Cayman

By: Benjamin Hudson

Porsche has introduced Cayman with the fat-engine, fat-wallet S version, which has a 3.4-liter, 295-horsepower flat-six and a $59,695 price tag.

The Cayman is the older version of Cayman S where the letter S is the short-cut for special. It has an updated 2.7-liter flat-six-higher 11.3:1 compression ratio, five more horses (245), two extra pound-feet of torque (201), and Vario Cam Plus, which adjusts intake-valve lift as well as timing. The intake-valve lift adjuster has the delivers 0-to-60 mph in roughly 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 161 mph.

It has 17-inch wheels, black brake calipers, and a single oval exhaust. Offered as options are Porsche Active Suspension Management, a six-speed manual, a five-speed Tiptronic, a Sports Chrono Package, and 18- and 19-inch wheels. As a whole, the vehicle measures 170.9 x 70.9x 51.4 inches in length, width, and height, respectively.

The Cayman is a mid-engine 2-seat sports car produced by Porsche AG of Germany and was first launched in the 2006 model year.

The Cayman is the coupe version of the second generation Porsche Boxster convertible. And like the Boxster, the Cayman is assembled in Finland by Valmet Automotive.

The Cayman coupe and the second generation Boxster convertible have the same mid-engine platform and share many components. These include the front fenders and trunk lid, side doors, headlights and forward portion of the interior. The design of the Cayman's body is the combination of styling cues from two classic Porsches: the 550 Coupe and the 904 Coupe.

But, unlike the Boxster, the Cayman has a large hatchback for access to luggage areas on top and in back of the engine cover. Nevertheless, the suspension design is fundamentally the same as that of the Boxster. The only difference is that it features revised settings appropriate to the increase in chassis stiffness resulting from the Cayman's fixed roof.

Standard on the normal Cayman is a 5-speed manual transaxle. The normal Cayman is powered by a 2.7 litre version of the 3.4 liter six-cylinder boxer engine.

The exclusive use of the new power plants in Caymans ended with the 2007 model year when the Boxster and Boxster S were upgraded with the engine from the respective Cayman model.

The name "Cayman" is said to be an alternate spelling of caiman, a species of reptile closely related to the alligator, and has nothing to do with the Cayman Islands. Porsche has, in fact, donated to a Stuttgart Zoo's caiman exhibit, because of the shared namesakes between the animal and the automobile. And like the Volkswagen Jetta which is equipped with efficient , Volkswagen has also equipped this 2007 Porsche Cayman with excellent quality auto parts.

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