Since we already know that the 3rd generation of the Boxter is coming, it doesn’t exactly take a rocket scientist to understand that there would be a version that sports a closed roof. This mid-engine coupe costs more than the convertible, which is a little outrageous, as it was introduced as a play on the 2nd generation Boxter. Of course, there are some real reasons why Porsche is doing this.
The reason why, at least as far as our assumptions go, is because it will have a few more horses that will sparate the Boxter from the Cyman. We’re thinking that instead of the 265 on the Boxter and 315 for the S, you may see an increase from 5-15 additional HP. The Cayman will also boast a 2.7-liter flat six, and the S will keep along with what it already had – the 3.4-liter flat six. They also both will come along with that stop/start system, which in the case of the Boxter, comes along with an efficiency gain of about 15%.
As far as the gearbox is concerned, you can expect a s-xspeedd, ZF-sourced 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that goes by the PDK as a continuing option. With the PDK, you can expect that the acceleration to be quicker, due to launch control and some fluid upshifts.
If you’re looking for some improved aesthetics, you may not be too pleased with the offerings of the next Cayman. If we’re using the Boxter as some kind of inclination, you’re not going to find many. It’s the same basic styling, except that you’ll find bigger wheels, a longer wheelbase, and a wider track. We do like the fact that the interior is improved, thanks to the Panameria influence with a light dusting of the Carrera GT on the latest 911. Also, we liked the fact that there are horizontal taillights, powered by LED technology. And on the subject of LED, the Cayman comes with daytime running lights, something we find to be pretty slick.
Weight wise, we are also pretty happy here. This new iteration is a lot lighter than the one before it, which is assuredly saying a lot, as it already is one of the lightest sports cars on the market. The reason why it’s a lot lighter was a somewhat controversial design implementation, which was a switch from what they have been doing to electromechanical steering.
All in all, we can reasonably expect the Cayman to be one of the best sports cars around, even compared to the highly-touted 911. There are many experts, including people who are employed by the company that will say that they prefer it. In any event, the Cayman will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, and available at dealers in early 2013. You can expect the base Cayman to be about $53,000, and the S to be about $10,000 more.