By on June 15, 2010


Not being a regular trackday driver, my recent tryst with a Porsche Cayman S didn’t leave me wishing Porsche would make their own Turbo version. I may be putting my auto-writer-posturing credentials on the line by typing this, but on real roads patrolled by real police officers, 320 hp is plenty, thanks. Besides, everyone knows that Porsche will never allow its crocodilian coupe outshine its older (and more profitable) brother, the 911. But, according to forum postings from someone claiming to have attended Porsche’s recent general sales meeting [via Pistonheads], Zuffenhausen will let the Cayman get a little bit closer to its true potential with a lightweight version due out in the US next Spring.

Inspired by the Boxster Spyder, this range-topping Cayman (RS?) will offer a mere 10 hp upgrade over the Cayman S, but those 330 horsies should have much less Porsche to move (the Boxster Spyder is 176 lbs lighter than the Boxster S). A locking differential, suspension upgrades and fabric door-pulls should round out the list of justifications for its $65k expected base price.

But wait, there’s more! Also predicted by PH’s mystery forum source (whose posts have since disappeared, giving them even more credibility): a Porsche Speedster, described by PH as a

two-seat convertible with a turbo-style wide body, rear-wheel drive and 408hp. The Speedster is expected to cost around £140k ($200k), and is due towards the end of 2010.

And the end of 2010 is looking to be a busy time for the Zuffenhausen gang. Also debuting in that timeframe is the Porsche GT2 RS, which will be the most powerful Porsche road car of all time. At least until they think of another letter to put after its name. Speaking of which, a 911 GTS is also being rumored, and is described thusly at PH:

Unlike the GT2 RS, the GTS will be a mainstream production model. It will get the same 408hp engine as the speedster, as well as the wider body and a Sport Classic-style nose.

And finally, the last stop on this leaked tour of Porsche’s near-future: the 918 Spyder, the hybrid supercar replacement for the Carrera GT. The 918 is scheduled to appear at an invitation-only showing at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this summer, and though it’s still not officially approved for production, this obstacle is looking more and more like a formality. According to the forum tipster:

when (and if) the 918 Spyder gets approved, prospective buyers will be asked for a $50k non-refundable deposit to secure a build slot.

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12 Comments on “Wild Ass Rumor Of The Day: Cayman Unleashed-Ish?...”


  • avatar
    blowfish

    There’re probably Turbo Caymans out there shoe horned in by after market folks, such as Ruf et al.
    Or even just add a Turbo to it. Same engine config as the 911.

    I heard of mid engine has a polar moment, if u go fast enuf it could spin out and could more as bad as Derriere engined 911.

    One dude had the older 911 mid 80s, told me that to corner well is to have one foot on brake a one foot on gas as to keep tail end in.
    The modern day 911 need none of that any driver with a lic and keep her back end in the back while cornering fast.

    • 0 avatar
      jaje

      There are several turbo Cayman’s out there as we speak.

      I do disagree that hardly anyone can spin a modern 911. The electronic nannies can only do so much when a novice lifts completely in a hard corner (AWD models are harder to spin b/c the front wheels can help pull the rear back in line). They will still spin – and if you shut off PSM it will spin much quicker.

    • 0 avatar
      guyincognito

      “I heard of mid engine has a polar moment, if u go fast enuf it could spin out and could more as bad as Derriere engined 911.”

      This isn’t true. Mid engine cars, unless there is a wierd distribution of components or a dead body in the front, have most of their weight at the CG. When they spin, they spin like tops, in one place. Its pretty cool to watch.

  • avatar
    twotone

    Even a base Cayman is enough for me. It’s more fun to drive a less powerful car at 60% of its ability than to drive a hotter car at 10%. In addition to speed traps, traffic, distracted drivers, deteriorating road conditions have made spirited driving less fun than it used to be. Roads here in Colorado are looking more like a patch-work quilt every day.

    Twotone

    • 0 avatar
      ccd1

      Let me second these comments. The current model (’09 and later) has 265 hp in the base model which is more than sufficent for a 3,000 lb car for driving on the street. Light cars are simply more fun to drive at legal (or near legal) speeds and the Cayman is one of the lighter sports cars out there.

    • 0 avatar
      JeremyR

      Agreed; after driving a number of Boxsters in 2.7L, 3.2L and 3.4L configurations, I decided that the 2.7L was more than enough.

  • avatar
    blowfish

    a fast car and able to have the road to drive fast is quickly becoming a Mutually exclusive phenomenon.
    But still not going to stop all these car manu to make them faster by the secs.
    Hate to say a few of them are not going to make it home for dinner.
    Wonder how long will it be before the sales person will make u sign an Informed consent before u buy one of these fast cars?

    As we see on TV ads now they warn u about ill effect caused from taking certain drugs.

  • avatar
    carguy

    I’d have to agree with the “less weight rather than more power” school of thought. The pleasure of driving is about the interaction with the car and more weight always detracts from this experience – a loss that more power simply can’t replace.

    • 0 avatar
      jaje

      The fast driver will want to drive something light and nimble like a Cayman S – the driver that wants to “look” fast will drive a Challenger SRT.

  • avatar

    Horsies? Horsies? Ed! You need to have some kids. You’ll obviously be a natural. Anyway, another great laugh.

    Anyway, I wouldn’ t worry about your cred. With Baruth around your cred among the leadfeet is absolutely safe.

    But I do agree with you that 320 is plenty. Nonetheless, I always favor losing weight. What Carguy said.

  • avatar
    chuckR

    3% more HP and 5% less weight is, I guess, noticeable on the butt dynamometer. Porsche will sell all of these they build, but I’m not impressed. Not enough extra HP. Also, Guards has disassembled a Porsche LSD and aren’t impressed – too lightweight. They are a little biased – they make alternative LSDs strong enough for track days as well as on the road use.

    My dream upgrades would be a TPC low pressure turbo and their road oriented suspension upgrade (coilovers, upgraded control arms, sway bars, etc), plus the Guards ATB LSD and a TTP auxiliary oil scavenge pump. Hey, why not throw in Carillo forged rods and crank? And rebuild it with the ceramic bearing upgrade for the weak-kneed IMS. All that makes no economic sense – even the premium for a lightweight Cayman is a better deal. But still not a good deal.

  • avatar
    Jimal

    “I may be putting my auto-writer-posturing credentials on the line by typing this, but on real roads patrolled by real police officers, 320 hp is plenty, thanks.”

    What a refreshing comment. Well said, Ed. (-itor or -ward. Or both.)

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