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The New Porsche Cayman

Posted: November 30, 2012 by The Car Spy in New Cars, New Models, Porsche
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When we recently announced the launch of the new Porsche Cayman on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thecarspy) somebody asked if this was the new Boxster Coupé. Sometimes the obvious can be blinding but the chap had hit the nail on the head without any of us noticing.

The Cayman is most certainly the Boxster Coupé but that does not lessen the importance of this car in the latest Porsche line-up. In fact this is not only going to be one of their most successful cars ever it is likely to secure the company’s long term financial future.

Consider this – Porsche have a dilemma with the 911 these days. It has become an expensive sports car lately. Go to the Porsche on-line configurator and see how easy it is to spend more than £100k once you start adding some basic options to your entry-level Carrera.

Not many people would argue that the 911 is one of the motoring world’s true icons. The word ‘icon’ is much banded around these days to describe the most mundane of cars that will soon be forgotten but the 911 has been around for a long time now and is much loved or at least respected by almost everybody that likes cars.

Yes the 911 has never been a cheap sports car since its inception but as the world in general became a little more affluent over the years the Porker inevitably became a very popular choice for those who wanted to splash out on a flash car for once in their lives. And a good choice it was too. Superb build quality and reliability came with the package and it was for a long time the only ‘super car’ you could run as a daily commute. How things have changed.

Today there are a lot of cars that offer the same levels of performance as a 911 (forget the Turbo for now) for far less money. They are even built just as well too. One of them just happens to be produced by Porsche itself and it is called the Cayman.

When Porsche first introduced the Cayman to the world in 2006 it was immediately labeled as the ‘poor man’s 911’ because driving anything other than a 911 singled you out as a wannabe Porsche owner. This is something that has afflicted Porsche over the years. If the company had been dependent on the success of the 924, 944 and the 928 it would have died many years ago. The 911 brought home the bacon and essentially that one model was Porsche the company.

So the Cayman, just like the Boxster was seen as a very capable car but only created to fill a gap in the market that Porsche thought it needed to fill. Porsche are like a lot of car manufacturers these days and the pressure to cover every market segment from school-run SUV’s to high-performance super-saloons is considerable. It is a dangerous strategy because a company needs very deep pockets to cover the development costs and it needs to get the product just right. This is why Porsche has a back-door relationship with VW/Audi.

Six years later however and the Cayman is coming into its own. The car has always been a threat to the success of the 911 from the start but Porsche were careful to make sure that the Cayman did not step on its big brother’s toes by keeping power outputs a smidgen lower. The trouble is though Porsche could not make a poor-handling car if it wanted too and the Cayman has always been a class-leader. Only Lotus comes close in offering such sublime grip and poise around a track. It was even whispered that the Cayman was a better all-round proposition that the 911. It was also a lot less money – in fact today it is an absolute bargain.

Recessions tend to focus the mind when it comes to parting with our hard-earned cash. Consumers still want their toys but they don’t want to pay a lot of money for them anymore and it likely to stay like this for some time to come. The 911 is still a highly desirable car even though purists might say it has lost a bit of its personality which has been diluted by excessive use of electronic aids and modern technology. The ‘drive-by-wire’ steering system is much debated in the press and often criticised for detaching the driver’s senses from the car. However it is a subjective topic and it won’t put a lot of people from buying the car once they have driven it. It is just the price tag that makes us grimace.

The Cayman starts at £39694 and the S version starts at £48783 and you even get a complimentary driving course at Silverstone to show you how good the car is. The car is stiffer and lighter than the previous model and still comes with the superb flat-six ‘boxer’ engine in 2.7 or 3.4 litre sizes offering 275 and 325hp respectively. Performance is more than adequate offering a 0-62 mph time of 5.4 seconds with the Sport Chrono option in the 2.7 version and the 3.4 S scorches to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is academic these days but suffice to say you would not be far behind a £100k 911 Carrera.

The point is that in a time when buyers are looking for value for money the Cayman is a rising star. It is no longer the ‘poor man’s 911’. It is in fact the best Porsche you can buy today and you would not be embarrassed to own one. More importantly for Porsche it is their bread-winner for the future.

For more information on the new Cayman or any other Porsche model give The Car Spy a call on 01732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net

Finished in Racing Yellow with Agate Grey/Lime Gold Leather Interior this new, unregistered Boxster PDK comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

PDK Transmission, Black cabriolet roof, Top tinted windscreen, Preparation for mobile phone, SportDesign steering wheel, Electrically retractable exterior mirrors, Auto-dimming interior mirrors, Bi-Xenon Lighting system, 20” Carrera S Wheels in Black, ParkAssist front and rear, Floor mats, Porsche Communication Management, BOSE Surround Sound System, Leather package, Sport Chrono Package, Sports Seats (Electrical, 14-way), Sports Exhaust System.

This Boxster is available to purchase today at £54100 inc VAT (excluding Shipping/Delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Porsche Boxster in Racing Yellow

N.B. This image was created using the Porsche configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

This (wet) Bank Holiday weekend sees the arrival of Porsche’s new Boxster in UK showrooms with prices starting from £37589 for the basic car and the more powerful ‘S’ starting at £45384.

The car is still recognisable as a Boxster of course given Porsche’s preference for evolutionary rather than revolutionary change in model development but the ‘facelift’ makes it look a lot less like a back-to-front design than the older out-going car. It is certainly easy on the eye and won’t upset die-hard Boxster fans.

Porsche say that the car has been redesigned from the ground up which means that the (already excellent) chassis has been further tweaked and even though the Boxster’s footprint has been slighty enlarged it has actually lost some weight in the process.

The engines have also come in for some attention and power is up for both the the 2.7 (previously a 2.9) and ‘S’ 3.4 litre flat-six motors but fuel economy has also improved by 15 per cent according to Porsche. The extra power apparently has knocked a full 12 seconds off the ‘S’ lap-time at Nurburgring!

Porsche claim this is the fastest version of the Boxster yet and the ‘S’ will sprint to 62 mph from a standstill now in an impressive 4.8 seconds when fitted with the PDK transmission and Sport Chrono options. The 2.7 will take only 0.7 seconds longer to do the same.

Anyone who purchases a new Boxster will be offered a complimentary driving course at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone which is an ideal opportunity to test the new Boxster to a level not possible on a normal roads.

For further information about the new Boxster or any other model in the Porsche range give The Car Spy a call on 01732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net

2102 Porsche Boxster

Today Porsche released details of the latest generation Boxster as follows:-

The new Porsche Boxster arrives in the UK this spring offering open-top driving enthusiasts a new generation of the benchmark roadster. The Boxster has an all-new lightweight body, new flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, a completely revised chassis and evolutionary styling.

Considerably lower weight, a longer wheelbase, widened track and larger wheels significantly enhance the driving dynamics of the mid-engined sports car. These attributes, combined with many other new features including electro-mechanical power steering, result in the new Boxster not only offering superior performance but also up to 15 per cent greater fuel efficiency.

Distinctive roadster styling

The styling of the new Boxster clearly signals the unique driving experience on offer; with shorter front and rear overhangs, significantly forward-shifted windscreen, a flatter silhouette and expressive edges. Inside, the passengers are enclosed by a new fully electric hood, which now dispenses with a compartment lid for the convertible top when stowed. The interior design offers the driver and passenger more space and reflects the new Porsche outline, while the distinctive centre console – originating in the Carrera GT – further improves ergonomics.

Charismatic flat-six ‘boxer’ engines

The new generation Porsche roadster makes its debut in the classic Porsche pairing of Boxster and Boxster S. Both derivatives are powered by charismatic flat-six engines with direct petrol injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and start/stop function.

The new power unit fitted in the Boxster delivers 265 hp (195 kW) from a 2.7 litre displacement – 10 hp more than its larger capacity predecessor. Technically, it is now based on the 3.4-litre engine of the Boxster S. The 3.4-litre now delivers 315 hp (232 kW), 5 hp more than before. Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard, with the seven-speed dual-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option.

Porsche Intelligent Performance

Both models achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration performance with the PDK.

Fuel consumption for the Porsche Boxster with PDK is 36.7mpg, and 35.3mpg for the Boxster S. With gear changes achieved without interruption to the flow of power, the Boxster sprints from

0- 62mph in 5.7 sec, the Boxster S in just 5.0 sec.

To enhance the driving dynamics further, the Sport Chrono Package option is offered on the Boxster, featuring Dynamic Transmission Mounts for the first time. Also new in the Boxster is the option of Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear limited slip differential.

The new Porsche Boxster in the UK

Built in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, the new Porsche Boxster will go on sale in the UK from April 28. The Boxster is priced from £37,589, and from £45,384 for the Boxster S.  

The Boxster features an Alcantara interior, 18” alloy wheels, Auto stop/start and Sports mode, remote control hood operation, audio CD with 7-inch colour touch-screen control, a universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity and a three year warranty.

The Boxster S adds 19-inch alloy wheels, partial leather interior and Bi-Xenon headlights in addition to the power advantage of the larger 3.4-litre engine.

All new Boxster customers can also explore the potential of their car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.”

For further details of the new Boxster or if you are interested in placing an order then please give us a call on 01732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net

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Finished in Basalt Black Metallic with Black interior this new, unregistered Boxster Spyder has the following options in addition to the standard high-level specification:-

Floor Mats, Universal Audio Interface, Sports Exhaust System, Sport Chrono Package, Swissvax Paint Protection Treatment, PDK Transmission, ParkAssist (Rear), Bi-Xenon Lighting System, Sound Package Plus.

This car is physical and available to purchase now at £55717 inc VAT (excluding shipping/delivery costs)

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net