When you consider that the Porsche Cayman is debatably the best looking entry-level sports car in the world, one can’t help but ponder what can be done to improve it? The answer to this, and many other questions, can be known when the 2014 New York International Auto Show opens on April 16 and 17, with media days, and from April 18 through 27 to auto lovers from all walks of life. The 2015 Porsche Cayman is scheduled for introduction to the planet, in a worldwide debut.
Despite the fact that the Cayman is considered an entry-level Porsche, it is one of the most eye appealing models in an impressive lineup of gorgeous sports cars, luxury sedans and high-line SUVs. The Cayman has a similar appearance to the iconic 911 sports coupes with the exception of less bulbous fender openings with a lower overall ride height and center of gravity. It is slender and sleek with deeply contoured lines that seep into the rocker panels and then end ever so abruptly with the large engine air intakes located just in front of the rear wheels. Smoked daytime running lamps with LED technology give the Cayman a modernistic feel while the Bi Xenon headlights yield superior illumination with focused ultra-bright white beams of light.
The 2015 Cayman GT3 is expected to offer such standard features as speed control, air-conditioning, automatic stop/start, an electric parking brake, adaptive automatically adjustable rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels and tires, variable ratio power steering, a 4.6-inch instrument panel mounted driver information center, a centrally mounted 7-inch LCD touchscreen display, and power sport seating. Add-on features should include 19 or 20-inch rims and tires, “big” brakes, a high-performance dual exhaust system, premium audio, connectivity, and electronic comfort features, adaptive cruise control, mitigated braking, lane warning and assist system, forward collision warning and avoidance system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and various distinctive interior appearance packages that allow you to customize the interior according to your choice of premium seating surfaces, door panel and dash coverings, and stitching to tie everything together.
The 2015 Cayman GTS will have a lower stance than the conventional “S” trim level car (by 10-millimeters). It will also be outfitted with the Porsche Active Suspension Management System (PASM), which electronically regulates the dampening system according to ever-changing road conditions and driving styles. It will also feature the Porsche Torque Vectoring system for added stability and driving pleasure, this system will utilize an electronically locking rear-differential with a system of applying precise brake pressure to the inside of the rear wheels in order to improve traction in the middle of the corners. The electronically locking rear differential will also provide added traction when exiting the corners.
The GT3 trim is top-tier for the mid-engine powered rear-wheel drive Cayman and it offers a 3.4-liter 340-hp boxer engine mated with your choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed Porsche Dopplekupplung (PDK) automated manual transmission. The manual gearbox uses a dual-mass flywheel with self adjusting clutch. The Cayman GT3, equipped with the PDK transmission can achieve 0 to 60 mph in only 4.5-seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is expected to be in the area of $75 to $80k; not bad when you consider the sticker price of a new 911.