Porsche goes for new and economical

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche are presenting the second generation of their mid-engined Boxster and Cayman sports cars for the first time. The prime features of this generation change are the fully redeveloped opposed cylinder engines that do not just pack a more powerful punch, but are also clearly more economical than their predecessors. There are further improvements in terms of fuel consumption and performance, thanks to the Porsche PDK double clutch transmission.

These newly-developed opposing cylinder engines with greater power and less consumption achieve between 10 to 25 added horsepower by comparison with previous models. The acceleration of the Cayman is from 0-60 in under 5 seconds, while the Boxster can also handle 0-60 in under 6 six seconds with its standard six-speed manual box.

The roadster and coupé have a differing appearance. The reshaped nose and rear with integrated indicators remind one of the Carrera GT's lights. Redesigned air inlets are an eye catcher and there are various light cluster options available.

This is the first time that the PDK transmission - developed from racing - is available for all four sports cars. In terms of consumption, the Boxster and Cayman are also below the 26 mpg level. The Porsche double clutch transmission replaces the previous Tiptronic S. Roadster and PDK will boost their 0-60 times by 0.1 seconds.

Newly created bodywork for both Boxster and Cayman will also increase driving dynamic and feel, while changes to the valve characteristics of the steering gear reduce the steering effort. The wheels have been given a new look and are half an inch wider than the predecessors in both cases. There are also changes in the audio and communications equipment. The new models will be on the market from February 2009.