Porsche: New Boxster and Cayman at L.A. Auto Show

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Porsche presents the second generation of the mid-engined Boxster and Cayman sports cars for the first time at the L.A. Auto Show. The new models feature the new flat-six boxer engines, which provide more power and greater fuel efficiency than their predecessors. The vehicles also feature the Porsche-PDK, the new double-clutch gearbox. A newly developed 2.9-litre boxer engine makes 255bhp (188kW) in the Boxster and a slightly more willing 265bhp (195kW) in the Cayman. S-badged versions arrive with a 3.4-litre Direct Fuel Injection unit which separates further to the tune of 310bhp (228 kW) in the Boxster S and 320bhp (235kW) in Cayman S. Making its debut is the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe or PDK, the double-clutch gearbox that gives lightening quick changes with better fuel economy. The Cayman S for example, when fitted with PDK and Launch Control, speeds from 0 – 100km/h in 4.9 seconds, compared to a 6-speed manual Boxster’s 5.9 seconds. Fuel consumption figures are 11 percent lower in the 2.9-litre cars than older, Tiptronic S models. More comfortable than before, Boxster and Cayman come standard with an MP3/CD/radio, while PCM Porsche Communication Management gives the option of satellite navigation on top of this, controlled via a new 6.5-inch screen or voice. iPod jack and USB entry are part of the PCM package as extra options. Just because you drive fast doesn’t mean you should get lost. Optional cooling/ heated seats are tickable on the list. A new suspension setup allows for greater driver control and even better dynamics, while comfort is not compromised. Braking power is also increased and made clever, such that the brakes “recognise” a potential braking emergency and react by pre-loading so braking is quicker and more effective. These two cars, Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman, go to market in February 2009 for European countries at €38,600 for the baseline Boxster and €41,700 for the most affordable Cayman.

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