Despite all official denials, Porsche secretly prepared for launch the 2007 Porsche Cayman, its cheapest sports coupe to date.
Well, the move was more or less predictable, since Porsche usually reserves the “S” designation for the top of the line models (there are also “Turbo” and “Turbo S” designations, but they are assigned to models with turbocharged engines,) meaning that there is always a more affordable (and less powerful) model for those who want to own a Porsche, but doesn’t have financial means to buy a real thing.
Starting July 29, the German luxury car maker will ship the 2007 Porsche Cayman, a simpler and not so powerful sibling of the latest Cayman S model.
You probably won’t believe it, but the new Cayman costs just $50,000 in its basic trim. Of course, the price will immediately skyrocket as soon as you start adding “packages” or individual options to make the car more comfortable or more exclusive.
Porsche promises that the entry-level Cayman will feature a 2.7-liter, 245 horsepower flat-six Boxer engine that produces impressive 201 pound-feet (272 Nm) of torque in a range of 4,600 – 6,000 rpm.
Although not as powerful as S’s 3.4-liter, 295hp beast, this motor is good enough to provide the Cayman with acceleration of about 6.1 seconds from zero to 62mph.
The basic trim comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, which can also be replaced with more interesting Tiptronic five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual which can be paired with The Porsche Active Suspension Management system.
The latter automatically adapts the shock-absorber system to the particular driving situation and lets the driver to manually select whether running in ‘Normal’ or ‘Sport’ mode.
The 2007 Porsche Cayman will be equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/55 front tires on 6.5-inch wide rims and 235/50-17 rear tires on 8-inch-wide rims.
2007 Porsche Cayman technical specification
Body Type: 2-door coupe
Layout: front engine, RWD
Engine: 245 hp @ 6500 rpm, 201 lb-ft (272 Nm) @ 4600 rpm, 2.7-liter, flat-6
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Top Speed: N/A
0 – 62 mph: 6.1 seconds
Overtaking 80 – 120 km/h N/A
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): 22 / 31 (10.7 / 7.6)
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) inches: 172.1 / 70.9 / 51.4 / 95.1
Ground clearance (inches): N/A
Track (frt/rr): 58.5 / 60.2 in
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): N/A
Curb Weight: 2954 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 2
Cargo capacity, max (cu ft): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: BMW Z4, Nissan 350Z, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Chrysler Crossfire, Infiniti G35, Porsche Boxster
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