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Porsche Boxster and Cayman updates for 2009

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0800

The world’s most successful car company, Porsche, has announced upgrades for both its Boxster and Cayman models.

The updated 2009 Porsche Cayman

New engines, revised suspension and the magnificent PDK gearbox, make these far more than just cosmetic upgrades. These are real improvements, and make the Boxster and Cayman not just more powerful, but actually more economical.

The new engines are a 2.9 and a 3.4. In the Boxster the 2.9 delivers 255bhp – 10bhp more is offered in the Cayman. The 3.4, which comes with direct injection, pushes out 310bhp in the Boxster and 320bhp in the Cayman. Very useful power increases all round. Despite the power hike, the engines offer up to 16% better mpg than the outgoing engines. The best of both worlds – more power for less fuel!

Cosmetic upgrades are more limited, with different headlights and air intakes, and that latest trend – LED running lights (which the Cayman also gets at the back).

When the Cayman first came out, every motoring journalist realised that, with the right engine, the Cayman was probably capable of giving the 911 a real run for its money. Well, the new Cayman S, with the optional launch control, will now do the 0-60 run in 4.9 seconds, which is quicker than the bog-standard 911. Which makes it look an even more enticing prospect than it was.

The new Cayman and Boxster are due to be in the showrooms in the UK in February, with the Boxster starting at around £34k and the Cayman S from £45k.

By Cars UK