Porsche announced Wednesday that it is powering up the performance of its 2014 Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe. Both models will now be offered for the first time with the GTS package, increasing horsepower, torque and top speed, and adding some new standard equipment. Both new GTS models are set to arrive in the summer, with the Boxster starting at $74,495 and the Cayman at $76,195; both prices include a $995 destination charge. The prices of the S models of the Boxster and Cayman with destination are $63,095 and $64,750, so the GTS versions are an 18 percent increase for both.
Both the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS have a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine, upping the horsepower of their S counterparts by 15, bringing the Boxster's total to 330 hp and the Cayman's to 340 hp. Likewise, torque is improved by 7 pounds-feet to 273 in the Boxster and 280 in the Cayman. The Sport Chrono package is now a standard feature with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed. With the latter transmission, Sport Plus mode enables a zero-to-60-mph sprint of 4.4 seconds for the Boxster and 4.3 seconds for the Cayman; top speeds are 174 mph and 177 mph, respectively. Both come standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management, offering sport and comfort ride settings.
Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' introduction to the 2013 Toyota RAV4 at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show is the most-watched video of the week for a second time in a row. Mays likes the upgrades to the crossover and looks forward to seeing if the improvement extends to the driving experience. Check out that video above and see what other videos were popular this week:
Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays attended the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and got a look at the updated-for-2013 Toyota RAV4. In this week's most-watched video, Mays says upgrades to the crossover are a good start, but that the true test in this competitive class will be on the road. Check out that video above and see what other videos were popular this week:
The Porsche Cayman's redesign follows the logical progression of its soft-top sibling, the Boxter, as it continues on a fast track to fuel efficiency. The sports coupe, bowing this week at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, largely stays the course of its predecessor design-wise, adding new steel and aluminum pieces to the exterior in addition to a Boxster-like cabin with a flow-through center console and dashboard.
Beyond the comparable appearance to the old Cayman, the new model is around 66 pounds lighter, and power is up by as much as 10 horsepower, depending on the trim level. Those two improvements increase quickness while improving fuel economy to a high of 32 mpg. Check out the gallery below.
Stare at the Porsche Cayman for a while, and you realize this might be the best-looking Porsche in the automaker's lineup. I declared that when the first-gen Cayman hit dealerships in early 2006, and it's safe to say Porsche did it again.
This is no mere Boxster conversion. With its aggressive intake ports — nearly as gaping as the erstwhile Ferrari 360's — and trapezoidal center grille (psst! It's fake), the Cayman has simple flair. The taillights ape the Boxster's, with a cool bisecting fin that flows into a subtle tail-lid spoiler.
When Porsche showed a new version of its Boxster roadster earlier this year, we knew a redesigned version of its sibling, the Cayman coupe, couldn't be far behind. Now it's here, and its formula of less weight and greater efficiency is, not surprisingly, similar to the soft-top Boxster's. It hits dealerships this spring with a base price of $53,550, including a $950 destination charge.
The drive for better fuel efficiency has touched all segments of the car market, including the realm of high-priced sports cars where Porsche competes. You can see the results in the new Cayman, which makes slightly more power, weighs slightly less, gets better estimated gas mileage and is a little quicker to 60 mph compared with the previous model.
The base Cayman is powered by a 275-horsepower, 2.7-liter flat-six engine while the S version gets a 325-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six; power is up 10 hp and 5 hp, respectively. As before, the engine is mounted behind the seats, and power is fed to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine position improves weight distribution and enhances practicality, as the Cayman has front and rear luggage compartments that measure 5.3 and 9.7 cubic feet, respectively.
The Porsche brand is renowned for its on-road prowess, but if you want the ultimate handler, you should opt for the 2012 Porsche Cayman R. It adds more sport to the Cayman sports car, making it ideal for tackling twisty back roads, according to Cars.com editor Mike Hanley.
In a world that’s moving more toward cars as appliances, the 2012 Porsche Cayman R is a dyed-in-the-wool sports-enthusiast machine, according to Cars.com Editor Mike Hanley. The R version of the Cayman is more lightweight, featuring racecar-style seats, straps instead of door handles and lighter materials. Check out how it drives in our full review with the link below.
AAA predicts holiday travel will increase 4.9% over the Fourth of July weekend, with 42.3 million Americans hitting the road — or airport, train station and the like — between Tuesday, July 3, and Sunday, July 8. That's up 42% over Independence Day travel in recession-strapped 2009. Lower gas prices play into the increase. A gallon of regular averages $3.50 nationally, down 19 cents from a month ago, leading 35.5 million of those travelers to plan on piling into their car for the long weekend. Even those who fly may drive more: Rental-car rates for the holiday weekend are down 9% from a year ago, AAA says. If you're planning to pile the family in for that trip to Walley World, Volvo's tips for safe road trips is a good primer.
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