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2009 Porsche Boxster, Cayman Pricing Announced

2009 Porsche Cayman S

2009 Porsche Cayman S

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What's the new entry fee for Porsche's mid-engine gems, just updated for '09 with lots of new engineering and some styling tweaks? $47,550 for the drop-top Boxster and some ten grand more for the more athletic S version ($57,650). If you want the marginally tighter structure afforded by the fixed-roof Cayman version that rides the same platform, prices start at $51,250 for the base, $61,150 for the S. Prices reflect shipping fees.

All Boxster/Cayman models benefit from direct injection, the technology that's raising compression ratios throughout the automotive world, bestowing greater power and efficiency to engines so equipped (as well as tighter control of fuel flow, and thus a cleaner emissions profile). The base models receive a 2.9-liter horizontally-opposed (flat) six-cylinder, whereas the S models feature a 3.4-liter version. The 2.9 sings a sweet 255 horsepower out of the central-mounted exhaust outlet in the Boxster; 265 in the Cayman. The Boxster S adds 55 hp to that for a total of 310; 320 in the Cayman S.

More tech comes in the form of Porsche's first dual-clutch automated manual dubbed PDK, a 7-speed unit that gives lighning-quick shifts, automatic or driver-selected shifting, and impressive economy due to a tall 7th gear for highway cruising. This gearbox is available on all models, and goes by the wonderfully Germanic name Porsche-DoppelKupplungsgetriebe. Additionally, larger brakes - and LEDs for the taillights that indicate their application - make their way onto all '09s.

[source: Automotive News]

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