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2014 Porsche Cayman

There’s a new Porsche Cayman hitting the road in the near future—and it’s making its rounds at the auto show circuit this winter ahead of its on-sale release. Packing higher performance and lower weight, the latest Cayman promises to deliver even more of the fuel-efficient driving thrills that made the outgoing model popular.

As with the recently updated 911 model range and award-winning Boxster, the styling of the new Cayman is evolutionary, not revolutionary. New bumpers and lights, deeper side venting inspired by 911 Turbo models and new wheels were pointed out by autoshow goers, though the model is still instantly a Cayman from a glance. Compact, agile and full of energy, the new Cayman also gets a new rear spoiler that’s integrated with the rear bumper and brake-lights, like the latest Boxster—though Porsche says this spoiler deploys higher, and at a steeper angle.

Under its skin, the new Cayman, which will launch as a 2014 model, boasts a longer wheelbase, wider track, a new chassis, and a new lightweight structure that axes up to 27 kg from the curb weight, depending on equipment levels.

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2014 Porsche Cayman. Click images to enlarge

These equipment levels have expanded to include more luxury and technology than ever. For instance, Cayman will offer Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) for the first time. ACC uses a front-mounted sensor to actively control the vehicle’s speed and following distance in traffic, making the cruise control adapt to changing conditions with no driver involvement.

Cayman will also be available with a Burmeister stereo system, following the lead of the Panamera, Cayenne and 911. With 12 speakers and 800 watts packed into this little two seater, it should be a hit with audiophiles, or anyone wishing to share their favorite music with an entire intersection.

A keyless entry system will also be available, enabling locking and unlocking of the doors and both trunks with a simple touch—so long as the driver has the remote keyfob on their person.

It’s all taken in from Cayman’s new cabin, which has been subjected to ergonomic improvements, given more modern display readouts, and styled in line with the more luxurious new cabins Porsche has fitted to the Panamera, Cayenne, and more recently, 911.

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