The second generation Porsche Cayman has been revealed at the 2012 Los Angeles motor show. It’s lighter than before. Like the Boxster it's based on, the new Cayman’s bodyshell is a mixture of steel and aluminium, the former used only where essential, with items like the doors and boot lid made of the latter. Around 44 per cent of the body is aluminium, leading to a remarkable 47kg loss compared to the first-gen Cayman’s. It’s accompanied by a 40 per cent hike in torsional rigidity. Thanks to inch-bigger alloy wheels (18in rims standard on the Cayman, the Cayman S getting 19s) and a larger glass area, though, the overall weight savings top out at 30kg. The Cayman is larger, its 4380mm length representing a 33mm rise, but with a 60mm longer wheelbase, the front and rear overhangs have notably shrunk, giving the car a tauter look. The styling is still evolutionary rather than revolutionary, although Porsche claims a more independent appearance to its Boxster brother than ever before. Nevertheless, its headlights, taillights and interior look spookily similar to the soft-top’s. Direct injection engines are shared with the Boxster, but with marginally more power, meaning incremental rises over the outgoing Cayman. The entry-level Cayman gets a 2.7-litre flat-six (271bhp, 214lb ft) endowing it with a 5.6sec 0-62mph time and 165mph top speed. Equipped with PDK, Porsche claims 36.7mpg and 180g/km, putting it on par with less potent hot hatchbacks.
On the stand at the LA motor show it was an impressive looking thing, definitely chanelling a bit of the design language pioneered by the Carrera GT 10 years ago. It's fair to say that this is one that we're really looking forward to driving.