Porsche to Unveil a Lightweight Cayman Clubsport in Late 2009
Porsche is preparing a hardcore version of its 2009 Porsche Cayman S more suitable for track days, called the Cayman Clubsport.
The Porsche Cayman Clubsport will be a stripped down version of the Cayman S. The Clubsport is intended to silence those calling for a track and competition oriented car. With the Cayman’s mid-engine layout, the car already approaches 911 handling so who can blame people for wanting a track version?
Weight-saving measures that will be seen include a stripped-down interior, lightweight body panels, simplified lighting, and forged alloy wheels. Together, this should shave almost 220 lbs off the Cayman’s 3000 lb curb weight. The lightweight body panels will include a unique body kit with a fixed rear spoiler instead of the retractable spoiler seen on the standard Cayman.
Powering the Cayman Clubsport will be the upgraded 3.4 liter direct-injected flat-six form the Cayman S. The engine is expected to have the same amount of power as the Cayman S, around 320 hp. The Clubsport will come standard with a six-speed manual and a limited-slip differential.
When the Porsche Cayman Clubsport becomes available, expect approximately a $5500 premium over the Cayman S. The Clubsport goes on sale in October in the U.K. and it’s unknown when the model will make its way to the U.S. The Clubsport will be available in two trim levels: standard or race-spec, which includes six-point harnesses, a roll cage, and a fire extinguisher.