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A panoply of Porsche news

For a company that makes four models, Porsche sure keeps us busy with product news. First is the arrival of a new entry-level Cayman.

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For a company that makes four models, Porsche sure keeps us busy with product news. First is the arrival of a new “entry-level” Cayman. The two-seater, mid-engine, coupe “is a more accessible version of the Cayman S,” priced at $69,600 ($14,300 less than the S). It’s powered by a 2.7-litre six-cylinder boxer engine producing 245 hp and 201 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the standard five-speed manual gearbox, the Cayman can scoot from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds. A Tiptronic five-speed transmission and a six-speed manual with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system are optional.

There’s new stuff at the Boxster camp too. The engines in both the regular and S models are new, utilizing the automaker’s VarioCam Plus valve timing technology, which debuted on the 911. The 2.7-litre Boxster makes an additional five horsepower, bringing peak output to 245. Torque has also increased to 201 lb-ft (from 199). The Boxster S sees its engine enlarged to 3.4-litres (from 3.2). Horsepower sits at 295 — 15 more than its predecessor. Torque swelled 15 lb-ft to 251. The optional Tiptronic S transmission has also been revised for a sportier experience. The best news? Pricing actually drops slightly to $63,600 and $77,300, respectively.

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