September 28, 2005
The front end of the car with its separate foglamps is just as characteristic as the side-line with air scoops upfront of the rear axle, the strongly curved roof, and the rear section slowly tapering down to the bumper. The rear end, in turn, is dominated by the large tailgate perfectly accentuated and rounded off by the sweeping lines of the rear wings and the dual tailpipe extending out right in the middle.
Six-cylinder with VarioCam Plus valve management
The six-cylinder horizontally-opposed power unit featured in the Cayman S is based on the 3.2-litre carried over from the Boxster S. The cylinder heads, together with VarioCam Plus camshaft and valve lift adjustment, come in their entirety from the 911 Carrera, VarioCam Plus thus making its debut for the first time outside of the 911 model series.
This elaborate valve management not only ensures supreme output of 295 bhp (217 kW) at 6250 rpm and powerful torque of 340 Newton-metres (251 lb-ft) between 4400 rpm and 6000 rpm, but also provides superior fuel economy of just 10.6 litres/100km equal to 26.6 mpg Imp.
Sports Chrono for even better performance
The Porsche Sports Chrono Package is tailored to the driver wishing to use the potential of the Cayman S in every respect. Offering even more powerful engine control maps and management strategies, the Sports Chrono Package pushes the car's extreme limits to the utmost. The visual symbol bearing clear testimony to the Sports Chrono Package is the analogue/digital stopwatch on the instrument panel allowing an absolutely precise comparison of driving dynamics down to the last hundredth of a second. And on a race track like the Northern Circuit of Nürburgring, the supreme performance ensured by the Sports Chorno Package means even quicker lap times, the Cayman S equipped with Sports Chrono lapping Nürburgring an impressive three seconds faster than the same car in "regular" trim.
Sporting suspension for supreme agility
Compared with the Boxster, the chassis and suspension of the new Cayman S comes with even firmer and more sporting springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. This particular set-up, combined with the neutrality of the mid-engined concept, the extremely stiff body and performance-oriented 18-inch tyres, ensures supreme agility on the road in virtually every situation. And a high standard of active safety is virtually built in from the start, Porsche Stability Management (PSM) starring as a regular feature in the Cayman S.
A very special option on the suspension: The active damper system
A further highlight comes as an optional extra: Porsche Active Suspension Management or PASM for short. This enables the driver, at the touch of a button, to choose either a sporting but comfortable or an ultra-sporting and dynamic damper setting, improving either the car's already high standard of long-distance comfort or the supreme quality of driving dynamics.
Reliable brakes free of fading - and with ceramic brake discs as an option
Cross-drilled, inner-vented brake discs measuring 318 millimetres (12.5") in diameter at the front and 299 millimetres (11.8") at the rear ensure exemplary stopping power in the Cayman S. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) available as an option come with even larger brake discs measuring 350 millimetres or 13.8" in diameter and are made of a special ceramic material for even lighter weight. The big advantages in this case are an ultra-high and consistent frictional coefficient as well as wear reduced to an absolute minimum in everyday motoring.
Six airbags for supreme all-round protection
The Cayman S naturally offers the supreme standard of passive safety so typical and characteristic of every Porsche. Full-size frontal airbags for the driver and front passenger, just as one example, ensure superior safety in a head-on collision, while a thorax and a head airbag provide the same kind of protection in a collision from the side. The brand name for this unique safety system is POSIP (Porsche Side Impact Protection) further supplemented by side impact protectors in the doors.
410 litres (14.35 cu ft) luggage capacity in two luggage compartments
Offering a total of 410 litres or 14.35 cu ft luggage capacity, the Cayman S has everything it takes for all your leisure time enjoyment. Whether it's your diving equipment or a snowboard - virtually everything fits into the car, with up to 260 litres or 9.1 cu ft of luggage space beneath the large tailgate.
Added to this large luggage compartment at the rear, there is the front luggage compartment offering another 150 litres or 5.25 cu ft, not to mention several large and, in part, lockable storage compartments for all kinds of smaller odds and ends.
(Sept 23, 2005)