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Porsche Clubsport to debut in LA

2010-11-12 10:41

NAME GAME: Porsche’s fabled Clubsport moniker may soon supplant the ‘S’ badge as the ultimate Cayman.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Porsche
Model Cayman CS
Engine 3.4l flat-six
Power 244kW
Zero To Hundred 4.6 sec
Weight 1 277kg
Porsche’s Cayman Clubsport may finally debut at next week’s Los Angeles auto show.

In a terse media release Porsche confirmed it would reveal a new "mid-engined sports car" at the Los Angeles Convention Centre next week.

All bets are saying it will herald a return of the fabled Clubsport moniker to Porsche, absent from the company's range since the seminal 968 CS was retired back in the early 1990's.

CLUBSPORT COMEBACK

Clubsport models have always denoted lighter, more dynamically focused, Porsches and the proposed new Cayman version will be no different.

In terms of design and execution, expect this new Cayman to cue many of its Boxster Spyder sibling's design features.

Light 19" rims and aluminium fabric-pull doors and the new fascia from the current Boxster Spyder should trim mass to 1277kg, 73kg less than a Cayman S.

A gain of 9kW over the Cayman S – to 244kW from the 3.4 flat-six – could make the Cayman Clubsport a properly quick entry-level alternative to the 911 GT.

TORQUE VECTORING

To ensure the required dynamic harmony, Clubsport should benefit from recalibrated power steering, a rear diffuser (augmented in its airflow management duties by a ducktail spoiler of sorts) and revised shock-absorbers, lowering the ride height by 20mm.

Although a six-speed manual transmission is expected to be the gearbox of choice (as opposed to Porsche's PDK), it remains unclear whether the Clubsport will benefit from a traditional limited-slip rear differential or a new form of torque vectoring technology controlled by brake intervention.

By this time next week Porscheophiles should be privy to all the technical details regarding Porsche’s new "mid-engined sports car".

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