Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Porsche Cayman Clubsport: Rumored for LA Auto Show

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The Paris Auto Show is just behind us, but already the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show is drawing near. Press days start in less than six weeks, and the leakage has begun, with the Porshe Cayman Clubsport rumored to make its appearance at the show.

We've heard rumors of the car since early last year, with a resurgence in the idea this summer. But to date, nothing has come of the talk. So what will the Cayman Clubsport be? Just about what it sounds like: a stripped down, track-enthusiast's Cayman, a sort of 911 GT3 "lite," or more simply, a hard-top version of the Boxster Spyder.

Specifics, which come from ostensibly leaked info via the Team Speed forums, include a 333-horsepower 3.4-liter flat six, weight savings between 162 and 184 pounds off the standard Cayman S, fabric door pulls, tweaked steering, more effective aero bits, and a "track pack" option that includes a partial roll cage, plus harnesses and a fire extinguisher.

The only performance figure in the leaked info is a 0-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds, about three tenths quicker than a Cayman S. The real performance measure won't be so much in a straight line, however, but in its improved ability to brake later and fly through the corners thanks to the lower weight.

Track enthusiasts, warm up your checkbooks and prime your pens. If the Cayman Clubsport does make an L.A. debut, it will likely be on sale shortly after, in very limited volumes.

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