The third generation of the Porsche Cayman has made its public debut at the LA Convention Center during the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The two-seat sport coupe will be launched on the market in two versions: Cayman and Cayman S.

The new 2013 Porsche Cayman has been re-engineered from the ground up. It is lower and longer, lighter and faster, more efficient and more powerful than ever. The German sports car has a longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels. The new Cayman is up to 30kg lighter, depending on the specific model and equipment, and it consumes up to 15 percent less fuel per 100km than the previous model – despite higher engine and driving performance.

Two different flat-six cylinder engines are mounted just in front of the rear axle, surrounded by a lightweight aluminium and steel body. The Cayman is powered by either a 2.7 liter engine with 275hp; with the Sport Chrono package it accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The 3.4 liter engine in the Cayman S produces 325hp; with PDK and the Sport Chrono package it sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Both sport coupes are equipped with standard manual six-speed transmission. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) can be delivered as an option; it enables faster acceleration and better fuel economy.

Porsche is also upgrading the Cayman with new optional features. The sport coupe is now available with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) for the first time, which controls the distance to the car ahead in traffic and vehicle speed, as well as a specially developed Burmester sound system. Another new feature for the Cayman is the keyless Entry & Drive system, which is available as an option.

The new Cayman will arrive dealerships in Spring 2013 starting at $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S, not including a destination charge of $950. The market launch of the new Cayman generation in Europe is scheduled for March 2, 2013. Base prices in Germany are 51,385 euros for the Cayman and 64,118 euros for the Cayman S, each including 19% VAT.

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