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Sep17-06, 02:56 PM
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I took my car to the shop to get the timing belt and water pump changed today, so I had a few hours of sitting around. I took a stroll to the Porsche dealership next door and talked to the sales man on the new Cayman and Cayman-s. He gave me a little booklet on the car and I read through it. I was very impressed by the amount of technology into this car, so I thought I'd share. From an engineering perspective, it's quite impressive!




Aerodynamics
  • Drag coefficient of 0.29 ( I don't know how good that is, but I have heard porsches tend to be bad shapes aerodynamically and need big rear wings to fix this).
  • The Cayman has a rear wing that extends at speeds above 75mph for extra downforce.

Engine
  • 2.7 liter, 245-hp flat-six 24-valve (mid engine)
  • 201lb-ft of torque between 4600-6000 rpm
  • top speed 161 mph

Cayman-s
  • 3.4L, -295Hp flat-six 24-valve(mid engine)
  • -251lb-ft of torque with variocam plus which adjusts valve timing and lift as rpm changes.
  • Oil pressure/temperature and level sensor that eliminates the need to check the dipstick. -that's cool.
  • seperate coils on each spark plug so the computer can adjust ignition timing as needed.
  • Oil changes every 20,000 miles!
  • spark plugs every 60,000 miles
  • timing chains are maintenance free for the life of the car.
  • 0-60 5.1 seconds.
  • top speed 171mph.
suspension
  • Active Suspension Management - can be programmed for normal or aggressive damping. (Up to 10-mm reduction in ride height).

Gear box options
  • 6-speed manual.

Cayman-s
  • Tiptronic paddle shift- 0.2 second shift time
  • automatic downshifts on heavy breaking
  • gearshift supression when cornering
  • incline sensor for better uphill acceleraton and downhill engine braking
  • automatic upshifting when traction is threatened during breaking on wet roads.

suspension
  • Macpherson-type coil-over struts
  • Active suspension adjusts the damping at each wheel to eliminate pitch and roll

lighting
  • Bi-xenon lights that use blue light on the same wavelength as natural lighting.
  • Dynamic headlight-leveling to adjust the beams to compensate for changes in attitude during braking or acceleration.
  • headlamp washers.

environment
  • 85% of the components can be recycled.


Comfort and personalization
  • water repellent side windows
  • ultrasonic sensors integrated into the rear bumper for parking
  • front and rear cargo trunks. (it's a mid engine)
  • fiber optic connections for audio and communication systems.

That's a pretty slick car. The price is 55-60k US. Anyone here own/drive one before? Buy me one Evo, you're rich.
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