Stuttgart - Porsche has officially given the green light to a new lightweight Cayman model variant due to debut for the 2012 model year. The Cayman CS or "Club Sport" will be shown at the Los Angeles auto show later this year and go on sale in 2011 as a 2012 model. The CS will receive some of the same treatment given to the recent Boxster Spyder such as lighter weight components, fabric door pulls, and a uniquely styled set of lightweight wheels modeled after those on the GT2 RS. Recent press reports indicated that this new variant was shown to Sales Managers in US and Europe at recent internal Porsche meetings and given the positive response from their dealership network Porsche has chosen to move forward with production.
A number of technical items have been circulated internally among the team responsible for this variant and include the following:
333hp 3.4L engine
Sport PASM suspension - 20mm lower than stock ride height
A/C, stereo are optional
162-184lbs lighter than stock Cayman S
Aluminum doors, fabric door pulls
Lightweight hatch, optional lexan window (europe only)
19" unique lightweight wheels
Sport bucket seats
Revalved steering assist
Locking rear differential standard
Uprated brakes (optional)
Restylized front fascia
Cayman Club Sport side graphics
Ducktail-style larger rear spoiler (fixed)
Club Sport Insignia badging in interior
Optional "Track Pack", includes partial roll cage, harness and fittings plus fire extinguisher (europe only)
Cited performance numbers - 0-62 in 4.6s
Base Price: $66,330
For perspective on the 0-100kph time of 4.6 seconds, the current Cayman S is conservatively rated at 5.2s with manual and 4.9s with PDK in Sport+ Mode and the new GT3 3.8 is rated at 4.1s. I would guess that the 4.6s time for the Cayman CS is with PDK Sport+ option...
Thanks Ken - sounds promising! I was expecting -20mm suspension like Spyder, rather than Sport PASM like 997 option. Do you think this could be a miscommunication or do you really expect PASM?
You know I'm not sure, I'm seeking clarification on some of the points that seem a little rough, but again this comes from items circulating internally at Porsche, not from any official press release so the chances of getting someone to "verify" something in writing are pretty slim.
With regard to HP increase I think he was comparing to the 2006 S's 295 HP vs. the 2012's 333, which would be an increasse of 38hp, or 38/295 which is a 12.8% increase over the numbers in 2006, but yeah only 13hp more than the currently shipping 320.
I was told non PASM sport suspension to keep costs down. My source was also right about the Lexan hatch, but wasn't sure about whether it would be US or ROW only. I asked about colors and was told that hasn't been decided upon.
Cool car. Id like to see it get the Sport Classic Fuchs. Not sure its worth leaving a current Cayman S for one though. The improvements are marginal at best. The upgrade from a 2006 CS would be about $30-35,000 out of pocket. Just add an exhaust and a couple other items for $3,500 and reach the same results. As a person looking to get into a Cayman for the first time, rather than upgrade, it does look like a compelling option however. That said, Id never buy a new Porsche when you can get as-new 3yr old cars for half price, but thats just me.
Having both a 2008 CS and a new 2011 Spyder, I have to say this is great news for the Cayman. The Spyder is a whole different animal than either a Boxster or my Cayman and it will be a welcome addition to the lineup.
Can't wait to see it! I have an 09 CS so for the differences it is not worth trading it in for one but it might be tempting if cosmetically its different enough. As mentionned, a few grand in mods and a Gen II is as fast and you can probably buy the light weight wheels to add to it as well.
09 Cayman S- Meteor Gray Metalic & Black Interior- Carrera Sport 19 wheels, Alcantara GT3 Steering Wheel, Alcantara Gear Lever & Handbrake, Rear Center Console in Aluminum Look, Alcantara Storage Lid with Logo, Side Strips with Model Designation, Spoiler Lips in Aluminum look, Bi-Xenon Dynamic Cornering lights, Bose Premium System, Heated Sport Seats, Sport Chrono, Colored Crest Wheel Caps.
Sounds fabulous. I greatly admire my 2006 Cayman S, but the thought of about 13% more HP and perhaps 150 lbm less weight catches my interest.
I can do without the stereo, particularly if Bose has anything to do with it. But in my locale, Maryland, the AC would be a must...well, here goes some more weight., back on the chassis.
Based on your information, Ken, I would seriously consider a new Cayman S Club Sport.
If you hate the Bose system in your car...STUFF IT! There is an article in the articles section. This really works, costs near nothing and takes 20 minutes to do. I promise it makes a night and day difference in the Gen 1 Bose system in the Cayman. The subwoofer enclosure in the passenger's side floor next to the center tunnel is made of plastic and is built like a cheap boom-box. This makes the bass muddy and it colors the sound of all the rest of the frequencies. When you stuff this enclosure with as much poly pillow stuffing (from craft stores) as will fit, the bass cleans up and all the other frequencies are better defined. The thing actually sounds good! If you look at the Bose components, they're pretty nice items. This plastic sub box is the villan here. Damp it well and the whole system works. One of our Cayman Club members is an acoustical engineer and came up with this. Another member also used some stick-on sound deadener on the walls of the sub box to further dampen it. I've tried that and it's another 10% improvement, but just using the stuffing is a 90% improvement. Cheap and easy.
Please, Oh Please! tell me it wont get that god awful ducktail spoiler! I was waiting for a new track version but will not buck up if this styling feature makes the cut. (unless I can delete the option).