While Porsche may be known for its high-end and iconic 911, its sporty Cayenne SUV, Panamera luxury sedan, and even its sporty Boxster convertible, one model that is hidden in the lineup is the Cayman S. The Cayman S is often the forgotten model due to the fact that the 911 has been the optimum car in terms of performance, while the Boxster is regarded as being one of the best convertibles. Since it was first introduced in 2005, the sports car has been carving out a niche with its mid-engined layout and superb weight balance. At the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November, the German automaker introduced the new third-generation of the model and showcased the new Cayman S. The new model now features a new design, powerful and efficient engine, new technology, and new Porsche rims made from forged aluminum.

One of the special aspects about the Cayman S has always been its mid-engined layout as opposed to the 911’s rear- and the Panamera and Cayenne’s front-engine drivetrain layouts. This enables for a better weight distribution between the front and rear Porsche rims for optimum balance. In the new Cayman S, the German automaker has designed a new flat-six cylinder, naturally aspirated engine that utilizes new dry sump lubrication, automatic stop/start functions, electronic recuperation, low-friction internals, and Direct Fuel Injection to efficiently produce power with less carbon dioxide emissions. The new engine is capable of sending 3255 hp at 7,400 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. between 4,500 and 5,800 rpm to each of the rear Porsche rims.

The power is sent through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. With the manual the Cayman S model can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds while the PDK-equipped models do the same sprint to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Models equipped with both PDK and the optional Sport Chrono package can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Top speed for all variants is regulated to 175 or 174 mph.

Much of the chassis was redesigned to benefit the mid-engined layout and utilize a wider rack, longer wheelbase, and shorter overhangs, along with stability management systems, innovative steel brakes with monobloc calipers, and forged Porsche rims. New Torque Vectoring, Active Suspension Management, and Dynamic Transmission Mounts can be installed as part of the new technology offered in the sports car.

Much of the exterior of the Porsche Cayman S has been reformed. The car now wears sculpted and muscular bodywork in a sleek silhouette. New front air intakes are worn at the front and rear fenders, while the rear boasts a spoiler that generates more downforce and a bumper that recalls designs of Porsche race cars.

The new Cayman S model will be available from Porsche in German in the spring of 2013.

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