Built for driving enthusiasts, the 2014 Porsche Cayman sets a new standard for performance with a longer wheelbase, new chassis and reduced weight. On the heels of the new 911 Carrera and Boxster, this completely redeveloped two-seater is now the third Porsche sports car to use new lightweight body construction technology recently developed by Porsche.
The new Cayman is up to 60 pounds lighter, depending on specific model and equipment, and when equipped with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), the Cayman has a U.S. EPA highway label fuel economy value of 32 mpg, despite an increase in power and torque.
A longer wheelbase, shorter overhangs, and larger wheels with a larger overall tire diameter visually reflect the enhanced performance of the new Cayman. Styling cues have been sharpened and are marked by precise lines and sculpted edges that complement the lowered, lengthened profile. The base of the windshield has been pulled forward while the roofline now extends further rearward. The new beltline, rising sharply from the headlamps and continuing through the rear fenders, incorporates the side-view mirrors and epitomizes the more aggressive demeanor of the Cayman. Tapered recesses in both doors channel air into the intakes, a visual indication of the car’s mid-engine orientation and a functional necessity for maximum engine breathing.
The new Cayman enjoys greater visual differentiation from the Boxster as well as its predecessor. The front of the new Cayman includes prominent air intakes right and left and a round cluster of daytime running lights integrated in the trailing upper edge of each intake. Another distinctive styling element is the large aluminum hatch that extends nearly to the bumper; it meets with a prominent ridge that wraps horizontally into each taillight and integrates a center-mounted LED brake light which spans the entire width of the rear window. Mounted directly to the rear lid is the rear spoiler, a thin blade that is both higher and deploys at a steeper angle than in the Boxster.
The new Cayman is powered by two engines which combine ample torque throughout the operating range with high-rpm power. While base engine displacement has been reduced by 0.2 liter compared with the previous model, power has been increased. With a specific output of 101.6 hp/liter, the base 2.7-liter flat-six pushes the Cayman beyond 100 hp per liter. Both engines now produce maximum horsepower at 7,400 rpm, 200 rpm higher than in the previous generation; both also produce more power at identical engine speeds than their predecessors.
The flat-six cylinder engines in the Cayman use gasoline direct injection, thermal management, electrical system recuperation and auto start/stop to contribute to efficiency gains.
Electrical system recuperation is provided by intelligent use of the alternator; the battery receives greater charge from the alternator during braking and coasting. When the battery is fully charged, the generator draws less mechanical energy from the drive belt, which in turn yields more power to the drivetrain for acceleration. Likewise, intelligent control of the combined engine and transmission cooling systems ensures that both reach their operating temperatures sooner. This reduces friction and improves combustion efficiency.
When equipped with the PDK transmission, the new Cayman shares the coasting feature with the Boxster and the 911 Carrera. In this context, coasting refers to vehicle movement absent input from the engine. While coasting, the engine consumes only enough fuel to remain at idle, allowing the vehicle to use kinetic energy during certain portions of a drive. In practical terms, this can result in fuel savings of nearly one half mile per gallon when the vehicle is driven conservatively.
Chassis changes to the Cayman include a 2.4-inch longer wheelbase for greater stability at speed, a wider track at both axles for stability and cornering agility, and larger diameter wheels and tires for improved grip up to the limits of adhesion.
In keeping with the typical Porsche approach, engineers placed a high priority on tuning the chassis for improved performance and agility while improving everyday comfort, efficiency and daily livability.
The new generation of the optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) active damping system significantly improves the driving abilities of the Cayman. Four additional vertical sensors at the front and rear wheels enable more finely tuned control of the system. Optimal damping control improves grip, offering greater driving stability, more comfort, enhanced performance and shorter braking distances. The driver can choose between “Normal” and “Sport” modes via the PASM chassis control button located on the center console. The system reacts to driving style and situation; sedate highway driving yields moderate damping for comfort, while aggressive driving results in high damping rates for ultimate grip and chassis control.
The interior of the new Cayman follows the new Porsche sports car interior design ethos, adding substance and value. New optional features help move the Cayman upmarket and include a high-end Burmester® sound system tailored specifically for the interior of the Cayman, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and the keyless Entry & Drive system.
Optional bi-color leather packages lend an exclusive, upscale ambiance to the Cayman’s interior. Lime gold, pebble gray, or amber leather may be combined with the agate gray leather to striking effect.
The center console rises to meet the dash and incorporates a high-set gearshift lever in the motorsports tradition, contributing to an involving, cockpit-like interior. Controls are arranged in logical groups on the center console for quick and intuitive command of individual functions and settings.
Source: Porsche press