Porsche launches new sports car

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23 February 2005, STUTTGART - German luxury carmaker Porsche unvieled on Wednesday a new sports car, the Cayman, saying it would join the Porsche range alongside the 911 and Boxster model series this year. The Cayman, named after the Caiman reptile, will be a mid-engined, hard-roofed car based on the Boxster series, which to date has exclusively been made up of open-top cars. Stuttgart-based Porsche said it would be intermediate between its 911 Carrera and Boxster S. Powered by a six-cylinder, 3.4-litre bo

23 February 2005

STUTTGART - German luxury carmaker Porsche unvieled on Wednesday a new sports car, the Cayman, saying it would join the Porsche range alongside the 911 and Boxster model series this year.

The Cayman, named after the Caiman reptile, will be a mid-engined, hard-roofed car based on the Boxster series, which to date has exclusively been made up of open-top cars. Stuttgart-based Porsche said it would be intermediate between its 911 Carrera and Boxster S.

Powered by a six-cylinder, 3.4-litre boxer engine with maximum output of 295 BHP (217 kilowatts), the two-seater will be styled to convey "a strong feeling of both power and agile driving behaviour".

Porsche said the name, which also resembles that of its big Cayenne sports utility vehicle, was chosen because the animal caiman is "a small but very nimble athlete".

Pricing of the Cayman is still not clear. The 911 Carrera costs Europeans EUR 75,200  after tax, while the smaller Boxster S costs EUR 51,300.

No production site was announced on Wednesday, but industry sources said the Cayman was likely to be mainly built in Valmet, Finland.

As a Boxster derivative, the car is not the fourth model series that the stockmarket-listed German company is currently studying. A decision on whether or not to start a fourth series is not expected till the middle of the year.

DPA

Subject: German news

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