Porsche Boxster & Cayman: Mid-Life Update
By Feann Torr - 20/November/2008
2009 Porsche Boxster & Cayman
The '09 Porsche Cayman S looks good with its
new headlights, front fascia and alloy wheels
Power has been improved on both the 2.9- and
3.4-litre 6-cylinder boxer engines, for better zip
Porsche interiors are looking more and more like
Volkswagens everyday, which is no coincidence
The 2009 Porsche Boxster S gets new LED lights
Porsche's updated Porsche Boxster and Cayman
models look much better than their predecessors
Smaller than the 911, and some say more
agile, the Cayman is a true performance car
Los Angeles, America — While many car makers are languishing in the sales doldrums as drivers find credit and finance harder to come by, Porsche is faring a little better than most.
The German car maker is even on the verge of launching the all-new front-engined Panamera super cruiser.
But we didn't get to see that crucial new model just yet.
Porsche used the Los Angeles Auto Show to mark the coming of a couple
of trendy new models: the updated, beefed up, teched-out and
smoothed-over Boxster convertible and Cayman coupe sports cars.
go-fast Germans are unlike the well-known 911 models in that the
engines are not rear mounted but mid mounted, and many critics say
these smaller, more affordable Porsches are better cars for it.
mounting arguments aside, Porsche's dynamic duo have plenty of new bits
and bobs to entice drivers to have a closer look, including the PDK or
Porsche Doppelkupplung gearboxes, not to mention subtle new design
You may be able to tell from the photos that the Cayman
and Boxster have new look headlight clusters with twin projector beams,
and adding to the high tech look are new LED running lights.
they still look a little duck-like, the front aprons are all-new and
look a lot better than the previous front bumpers, giving the Cayman
and Boxster a more aggressive, streamlined visage.
The updated Porkers also get new alloy wheel designs in 2009.
the cars around and you'll note the redesigned LED brake light clusters
and new look rear aprons with integrated diffusers and new exhaust
These updated exhaust pipes herald a boost in power
for the new models with the entry-level 2.9-litre 6-cylinder boxer
engines pumping out a credible 190kW (255hp) and 198kW (265hp) in
the Boxster and Cayman respectively.
Request the 'S' models and
larger 3.4-litre horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engines - now with
direct fuel injection - will provide driving force, to the tune of
231kW (310hp) and 239kW (320hp) in the Boxster and Cayman, which again
represents increases in power compared to the outgoing models.
well as the tweaked engines, the new PDK automatic gearboxes contribute
to the improved acceleration of these 'affordable' exotics.
Though it'll cost you a few extra bob, the doppelganger contraptions use a twin-clutch setup and include a launch control system that makes them very fast off the line.
the most powerful model for instance. The 3.4-litre boxer six-powered
Porsche Cayman S accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds with
the PDK gearbox, which is alarmingly quick and very close to its 911
If you were to pick the slowest model, the
2.9-litre Boxster with the 6-speed manual, it accelerates from
0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds, which a whole second slower than the
big-daddy Cayman with thePDK but is still rather rapid.
adding the new double clutch PDK gearbox and in combo with the various
engine tweaks, Porsche has also managed to reduce fuel consumption in
its face lifted small sports cars.
Quicker and greener? You better believe it.
you were to order a Porsche Cayman or Boxster with the piddly 2.9-litre
boxer engine and tick the box for the PDK gearbox, you'd use an average
of 8.9L/100km according to Porsche's mathematicians.
That's very fuel efficient considering the kind of kinetic energy the engine generates.
larger 3.4-litre engines equipped with the automatic PDK transmission
use 9.2L/100km, which is a 16 per cent reduction compared to the
superseded model. Again, impressive.
So with Porsche's new look
Boxster and Cayman belting out more kilowatts and using less juice, you
really can have your cake and eat it. Unless of course you have
difficulty getting a loan, which in the current financial climate is a
Some of the other new features of the
Porsche Cayman coupe and Boxster convertible models include modified
suspension to deliver even more lateral G-forces, and the interior has
been touch-up ever so slightly with a new stereo and infotainment
The new model has only just emerged at the L.A. Auto Show and will be on sale in Europe from February 2009.
It will go on sale in Australia later in '09, and will probably be priced slightly above the current models.
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