Porsche Cayman S

From Porsche press: A new and Boxster®-based coupe joins the Porsche sports car lineup for 2006, and while this vehicle shares much with the acclaimed roadster, its unique characteristics and exceptional dynamic capabilities earn it the right to its own name — the Cayman S.

With its larger and more powerful 3.4-liter, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine and its lightweight but extremely rigid chassis riding on a nimble suspension, the 2006 Porsche Cayman S sets the benchmark in the two-seat sports coupe category.

Providing power for the 2006 Porsche Cayman S is a new 3.4-liter “boxer” six-cylinder engine. While based on the 3.2-liter engine in the 2006 Porsche Boxster S, this engine wears the cylinder heads and uses the same VarioCam® Plus technology as the venerable Porsche 911 Carrera. VarioCam Plus carefully camshaft and valve lift and constantly makes adjustments to optimize power output. The 2006 Porsche Cayman S is the first car other than the 911 Carrera to benefit from this unique Porsche technology.

The engine thus punches out 295 horsepower and 250 foot-pounds of torque, propelling the Cayman S from a standing start to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in just 5.1 seconds. The car reaches 99 mph (160 km/h) in a mere 11.7 seconds and gets to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 18.6 seconds. The car eclipses the quarter-mile sprint in 13.6 seconds and achieves a top speed on the test track of nearly 171 mph (275 km/h).

As an alternative to the standard six-speed manual, Porsche offers its acclaimed Tiptronic S gearbox in the Cayman S as an option. This five-speed automatic transmission offers drivers the option of shifting gears by pushing fingertip controls located on the crossbar of the steering wheel.

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