There are some laws that we simply cannot avoid. The laws of physics, for example. That’s not to say that we have to accept them. Of course, we could refuse to respect them and we could choose to ignore them. On the other hand, we could study them, test them and redefine their limits. This is exactly what we did and, in doing so, we discovered a new law: the code of the curve.
239 kW (325 hp) at 7,400 rpm
Top speed: 283 km/h
0-100 km/h in 5.0 s
The Cayman S draws its agility from a 3.4-litre flat-six engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus. It produces 239 kW (325 hp) at 7,400 rpm and its maximum torque of 370 Nm is generated between 4,500 and 5,800 rpm. The new Cayman S with six-speed manual gearbox races from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 283 km/h.
Even sportier figures are achieved with optional PDK: 4.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and a top speed of 281 km/h. In conjunction with the Sport Chrono Package available on request, the Cayman S finishes the sprint to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds.
Inner strength, the will to advance and a clear point of view. These are important prerequisites for the creation of any sports car, and we also found them to be precisely the right requirements for this drivetrain.
That is why the new Cayman models are equipped with a compact, mid-mounted boxer engine positioned no further than 30 cm behind the driver. This unorthodox approach has crucial strengths. A substan-tial amount of vehicle weight is concentrated close to the middle of the vehicle. The centre of gravity is low and central and weight is distributed uniformly between the front and rear axles. The tangible effect for you is well-balanced handling and excellent mobility, particularly in corners.
Inner values are defined by high power plus reduced fuel consumption and emission figures compared with the previous model. We call it Intelligent Performance, a philosophy that applies the engineering principles of the racetrack to the road.
Both engines are equipped as standard with VarioCam Plus and direct fuel injection (DFI) as well as efficiency-enhancing technologies such as auto start/stop, electrical system recuperation and advanced thermal management.
What can you expect from the driving experience? Direct responses to every burst of acceleration, dynamic handling in every corner and the inevitable pain of separation at the end of every drive.
Our interpretation of efficiency is a system that works only when it is needed, and then does so in a particularly effective way. Whereas a conventional hydraulically assisted steering system draws engine power continuously, the electric motor of the electromechanical system in the new Cayman models uses energy only when you actually steer. As a result, fuel consumption is reduced and the absence of hydraulic fluid eliminates the need for servicing the system. These two advantages are also beneficial to the environment.
A variable steering ratio preserves the precise and direct steering response associated with the typical Porsche steering feel. This intelligent system filters out unwanted shocks from the road and actively assists steering inputs under braking on road surfaces with varying grip.
Available as an option, speed-sensitive Power steering Plus facilitates manoeuvring and parking for even greater driving comfort.
The SPORT button on the centre console is fitted as standard. When selected, ‘Sport’ mode is activated to provide a greater response and enhanced driving pleasure. The engine reacts even more directly to the accelerator pedal, the rev-limiter is adjusted to a harder setting and engine dynamics are tuned for performance driving. At the same time, the auto start/stop function is deactivated automatically.
With optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the shift points are reconfigured to offer higher and even sportier rpm bands. Shift times are reduced and gearshifts become firmer and more immediate, while throttle-blip downshifts are accompanied by an even more emotive engine sound. Coasting mode is deactivated automatically.
Better performance would normally be impossible to achieve without more intensive training. In the new Cayman models, it comes at the push of a button. The optional Sport Chrono Package provides simultaneous enhancement for the chassis, engine and transmission – accompanied by an even more emotive sound.
In addition to the performance display, a digital and an analogue stopwatch, the Sport Chrono Package also includes dynamic gearbox mounts. Another component is the SPORT PLUS button. When this is pressed, optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) switches to ‘Sport’ mode for harder damping and more direct steering and, therefore, even more intensive road holding.
The trigger threshold for PSM is raised. Agility is perceptibly enhanced when braking for corners with PSM, allowing even sportier braking and exit acceleration. For even greater dexterity, PSM can be set to standby while the car is still in SPORT PLUS mode. For safety, it is set to intervene automatically only when ABS assistance is required.
The throttle-blip function produces even sportier gearshifts. A managed burst of throttle ensures smooth load changes for increased stability and makes the gearshift process an even more engaging experience. In conjunction with optional PDK, the Sport Chrono Package comes with two additional functions for a sporty drive that borders on a motorsport experience. The first is ‘Launch Control’, which is designed to produce a racing start.
The second function is the ‘motorsport- derived gearshift strategy’. In this mode, PDK is designed for very short shift times and optimum shift points, while torque boosts during gear changes provide the maximum acceleration available. This involving experience is further enhanced by overrun downshifts and the throttle-blip function for uncompromising driving pleasure.
An additional display in the steering wheel and instrument cluster indicates whether the SPORT or SPORT PLUS buttons and, with PDK, Launch Control have been activated. In conjunction with optional Porsche Communication Management (PCM), a special display enables you to view, store and evaluate lap times or other driving times. It shows the total driving time, lap distance, lap number and lap times recorded so far.
Outstanding acceleration figures are one way to express performance. We focus not only on the positive, but also the negative values of acceleration. This is how Porsche has traditionally succeeded in setting standards for deceleration and stability.
The new Cayman models are equipped with four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed brake calipers. This design means that, not only are the brakes extremely resistant to deformation, they are lightweight for a particularly fast and sensitive braking response.
A new generation of brake caliper at the front axle, combined with enlarged brake pads and the newly developed brake booster, has managed to improve braking and component stability even during continuous use. In addition, brake cooling is optimised by the newly developed brake ventilation system featuring a modified air spoiler at the front and rear axles.
The enhanced dynamics of the Cayman and Cayman S also demand appropriate brake discs. All Cayman brake discs are internally vented and cross-drilled for improved braking in wet conditions. With a diameter of 330 mm, the front brake discs of the Cayman S are 15 mm larger than those of the Cayman. The diameter of the rear brake discs is 299 mm on both models. The brake calipers on the Cayman and Cayman S are finished in black and red, respectively.
You aren’t the cosy type, but you do appreciate the value of comfort and convenience.
The completely restyled interior of the new Cayman models will therefore make you feel right at home. Here, everything is focused on one goal: advancing with a blend of sport and comfort. The driver is optimally integrated in the vehicle. The ascending centre console positions the gear lever close to the steering wheel for fast, sporty and ergonomic gearshifts.
The individual controls are clearly organised. All buttons and the functions of the on-board computer are intuitive to find and select so that you can devote your full attention to the road.
The sporty character of the new Cayman is further reinforced by the Sports seats – fitted as standard and with seat centres in Alcantara. Materials have been carefully chosen to ensure exquisite and stylish integration in the interior design. The visible effect is exemplified by the silver-coloured details on the dashboard and centre console and by leather appliqués on selected features, such as the steering wheel rim, gear lever/selector and door handle inlays. In the Cayman S, the door armrests and the storage compartment lid on the centre console are also finished in leather as standard. Nevertheless, there is scope to refine and style your Cayman with, for example, the comprehensive leather interior package.
Vehicles manufactured by Porsche demonstrate that even high-performance sports cars can achieve moderate fuel consumption and exhaust emission values in their respective category.
This is accomplished by the use of fuel-efficient technologies such as auto start/stop, thermal management, electrical system recuperation, direct fuel injection, VarioCam Plus and, in conjunction with optional PDK, coasting mode.
The newly developed catalytic converters also provide efficient emission control, while the stereo Lambda control circuitry manages and monitors each cylinder bank separately. For each exhaust tract, oxygen sensors, together with the engine electronics and injectors, regulate the composition of the exhaust gas, while another Lambda sensor on each cylinder bank monitors pollutant conversion in the respective catalytic converter.
Intelligent lightweight construction is, and always has been, a fundamental aspect of the Porsche philosophy – for both technical and ecological reasons. This combination forms the basis for achieving low fuel consumption values in conjunction with high performance. On the technical side, various components are made with a high proportion of aluminium, magnesium, plastics and super-high-strength sheet steel. The materials used have been selected for their ability to withstand load, yet they are considerably lighter than conventional steel. As a result, the bodyshell of the new Cayman models has a light alloy content of approximately 44%.
On the ecological side, all materials used are meticulously selected. We use only state-of-the-art components, with priority given to products manufactured in a sustainable manner where possible. All synthetic components are easily recyclable and each material is labelled to facilitate its separation for recycling. The reduction in the number of plastic variants helps to ensure more efficient recycling. Recycled plastics are used where they meet our exacting technical requirements.
In short, the new Cayman is around 95% recyclable.
In addition, Porsche uses a high proportion of environmentally friendly water-based paints. For us, environmental protection does not begin with the vehicle manufacturing process. It starts at the planning and development stage.
Enhance the unique character of your Cayman S with a choice of interior and exterior colours. Bodywork options include four solid, eight metallic and five ’special’ paint finishes. Inside the car, there’s a choice of ten interior colours, including two-tone leather in Black and Stone Grey. Naturally, you can also specify your car in any other colour you wish. The possibilities are virtually unlimited – all you have to do is provide a suitable colour sample.