2014 Porsche Cayman S: A bit more powerful, a lot better-looking

It was only a matter of time before Porsche got around to overhauling the Cayman coupe. After all, its platform-mate and sibling, the 2013 Boxster, has just been updated.
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Breathe easy

Like the 2013 Boxster, the new Cayman features larger and deeper side intakes. Both of those intakes are now functional -- the previous generation only breathed through one of its two.
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Wheelbase and track

The Cayman's wheels have been pushed out to its extreme corners, resulting in a wider stance and a longer wheelbase. Both dimensional increases should help the vehicle feel stabler and more planted.
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Smooth spoiler

Also like the Boxster, the Cayman has a motorized rear spoiler that is integrated into the design of the vehicle rather than looking tacked-on.
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Rear brace

The Boxster hides its rear cross brace under its folding roof, but the Cayman proudly displays its brace through the rear glass.
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Engine amidships

The Cayman S' 3.4-liter engine sends 325 horsepower to the rear axle. The power doesn't have to travel far in the midengined Cayman.
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Dual exhuast

The Cayman S is further distinguished by its twin exhaust tips, which are centrally located.
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Base-model Cayman

The base-model Cayman uses an single exhaust tip (still located in the middle), but the same wide and low chassis.
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Streamlined profile

One of the best changes to the new Cayman is also the subtlest. I love that Porsche has smoothed out the coupe's profile where the roofline meets the beltline.
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2.7-liter boxer engine

The 2.7-liter, horizontally opposed base engine generates 275 horsepower -- as with the previous generation, this is exactly 10 horsepower more than the Boxster.
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Pricing

The Cayman also continues the tradition of being more expensive than the Boxster, starting at $52,600 (or $3,100 more than its topless sister).
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2013 availability

The 2014 Porsche Cayman and Cayman S will roll into North American Porsche dealerships in April of 2013.
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