New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

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Widebody Cayman fills RS gap

2009-11-25 08:52
Porsche’s 911 range sports a virtually infinite array of track refugee specials.

Now the Cayman S is in on the act too, filling the gap for a severely focused Cayman RS - the car Porsche appears completely unwilling to build.

Courtesy of a pretty elaborate bodykit by Berlin based XTR Carchip, the ‘X-Wide’ Cayman S has the presence of an authentic track-special.

Looks like a Porsche supercup racer...

XTR has garnished the Cayman’s exterior surfacing with an assortment of aerodynamically certified upgrades.

Most of these are carbon-fibre reinforced-polymer (really nice plastic) in nature and include a front splitter, elaborately flared fenders, track surface hugging side skirts and a monumental rear spoiler.

Those five-slit louver themed air-duct cut-outs atop the front wheelarches imbue the X-wide with a genuine ‘look-don’t-touch’ track car feel.

Rounding off the track certified styling exercise are gorgeous three-piece, central locking, BBS RS wheels rolling Pirelli rubber.

Absolutely rubbish for clearing speed-bumps. Pure class for chasing people out of the highway fast line up ahead.

Comfy too

Cabin embellishments include a set of 911 GT3 sourced Recaro seats equipped with six-point Schroth harnesses. There's a full roll cage too, which should ensure clambering in and out of the X-wide is as ungraceful as possible.

Despite the X-wide’s hardcore track biased image, XTR has left the sound and air-conditioning systems in place, pandering to customer demand for comfort and convenience.

Cabin adds some carbon-fibre trim, but mercifully retains air-conditioning and stock trim colour coordination - which is odd for a German aftermarket converted car...

Mellow mechanical upgrades

Dynamically, beyond the extra grip those Pirelli tyres generate and the high-speed stability afforded by the aerodynamic upgrades (in particular the NASA spec rear spoiler) XTR has not done much to improve the Cayman’s mechanical bits.

The X-wide runs a custom made freeflow exhaust and ECU recalibration which boosts power very mildly to just under 250kW.

XTR Carchip boss, Christian Jendro, promises the company is working on a twin-turbo version; which is due to arrive towards the end of the first quarter next year.

This twin-turbo X-wide should be good for 625kW. Nice.


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