The 2014 Porsche Cayman
THE 2014 PORSCHE CAYMAN RECENTLY UNVEILED BY THE PORSCHE CENTRE LAGOS COMES WITH EVOLUTIONARY MODIFICATIONS THUS MAKING THE CAR REGARDED AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST CELEBRATED SPORTS CARS MORE POWERFUL, FASTER AND ELEGANT THAN ITS PREDECESSOR, WRITES OLAOLU OLUSINA
Completely redesigned with exceptional trappings, the All New Porsche Cayman recently unveiled by The Porsche Centre Lagos is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated sports cars.
Since it was introduced into the Porsche line-up seven years ago, the Cayman has made a name for itself as the most entertaining and engaging sports car ever.
The modified version of the Porsche Cayman, according to the European automaker, Porsche AG, is the third generation edition for the 2014 model year. The all new Cayman, its manufacturers also said, promises to set an even higher standard based on the series of modifications which have been added to make the car more powerful, faster and elegant than its predecessor.
Coming as a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive and two-seater sports car, Porsche Cayman is undoubtedly an entirely elitist coupe derived from Porsche’s second and third generation Boxster roadster and the 911 Carrera.
Available in two versions of 2.7 litre and 3.4 litre, the base (standard) Cayman is equipped with 2.7 litre flat six engine that is mounted on a six-speed manual transmission or optional seven-speed Porsche PDK, producing 275hp with 214 Ib-ft of toque which is 10 times more than its previous model.
The Cayman ‘S’, on the other hand on the other hand, is mated to an upscale 3.4 litre flat six engine that produces 325hp and 273 Ib-ft with six-speed manual transmission or optional seven-speed Porsche PDK (automatic dual clutch).
Both engines are up to 15 percent more fuel efficient due to their petrol direct injection thermal management, electrical system recuperation and auto start/stop function.
Also noticeable in the Cayman models are the 18-inch alloys on the base model and the eye-catching 19-inch rims fitted on the classy ‘S’ model to give the new Porsche Cayman an upscale attraction.
The new Cayman lightweight construction is about 30kg lighter than its predecessor and 15 percent fuel efficient with the entry 2.7-litre car which returns at 34.4mpg and emit an impressively low 192g/km of Co2. These figures are improved to 36.7mpg and 180g/km respectively on the seven-speed PDK transmission.
Speaking at the unveiling of the car in Lagos, the Deputy Managing Director, European Brand, Stallion Motors Limited, owners of Porsche franchise in Nigeria, Mr. Julian Hardy, said the styling of the new Cayman is evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
He said the Cayman has been upgraded with new optional features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ADC) for the first time in the 2014 edition. ADC controls the distance to the car ahead in traffic and the vehicle speed.
He added that the new Cayman comes with optional entry and drive keyless system that can be factory installed, saying “though at a glance the coupe looks remarkably similar to its sleek predecessor, a closer inspection reveals it is longer and wider than before, while the sharper edged design gives the Cayman a more aggressive stance.”
For instance, the newly designed tailpipes of the exhaust system visually terminates at a low central point allowing the Cayman to get an oval tailpipe and the Cayman ‘S’ has two-branch dual tailpipes.
Hardy said Porsche engineers placed high priority on turning of the Cayman not just to improve the driving performance and agility of the car but to simultaneously enhance the comfort and everyday practicality.
The electromechanical power steering has also replaced the previous hydraulic system in the Cayman to allow drivers experience the agility of the Cayman even more intensively, the European brand director affirmed.
These modifications, according Hardy, are all intended to enhance the capacity, refinement and comfort of the Cayman, thus making it more relaxing in long distance drive.
“With this beautifully balanced mid-engine handling coupled with a perfectly weighted steering and staggering grip, the new Cayman is a blast to drive especially down any twisting road,” Hardy said.
He however added that buyers can also add the brilliant PASM adaptive dampers, which combine superb body control with a remarkably supple ride.
On the reliability of the car, Hardy said: “Porsche has long tradition of building beautifully engineered cars and the Cayman is no exception. The cabin is solidly screwed together while the tried and tested mechanicals are lifted straight from the Porsche Boxster and 911 Carrera.”
Porsche Cayman also comes with several other features such as a raft of safety kit as standard, including full complement of six airbags and electronic stability control.
“Buyers with deep pockets can however add ceramic brakes, powerful bi-xenon headlamps and adaptive cruise control. However, Isofix child seat fixings is standard and does not attract an expensive extra,” Hardy said.
A surprisingly practical sports car, the Cayman assures the driver and passenger plenty of head and legroom as well as useful storage space.
“There is a deep and well-shaped 150litre boot in the nose and a shallow load area behind the front seats that could accommodate 162 litres of luggage, which increases to 275 litres,” Hardy said.