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zhang18

Cayman Black Edition vs. S

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Hi, I'm researching the difference between the base model configuration difference between Cayman S and the Black Edition. The former goes for US$62,100 and the latter, US$67,500. Some basic difference are obvious from porsche website:

1) Engine power - Black is 10hp more, resulting in faster acceleration (0-60), higher top speed and slightly different mpg.

2) Black paint everywhere

But what I'm really trying to see is if I were to configure the Cayman S to as similar as the black edition as I can (sans unique options only available to the Black Ed.), how much would it cost? In other words, is that $5,400 justified by the extra gimmicks (assuming color restriction is not a concern), or is there premium built into the Black Ed. (I won't be surprised if that's the case).

I am curious because based on this article (http://www.roadandtrack.com/future-cars/first/2012-porsche-cayman-s-black-edition), as if the black edition has thrown in the Design, Convenience and Infortainment packages for free, which costs more than the $5,400 difference. I don't think that article is correct, but I'm not able to figure it out myself. Any help in listing the exact differences and respective cost would be highly appreciated!!

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From the Porsche Press Release...

"Cayman S Black Edition with more power and comprehensive equipment packageExclusive special edition of the Porsche mid-engine coupé Stuttgart. The next step up from the Cayman S is known as the Cayman S Black Edition: Starting in July 2011, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is bringing the mid-engine coupé to market in a special edition limited to 500 units boasting even better performance and especially lavish equipment specification. The Cayman S Black Edition is powered by a 3.4 litre six-cylinder boxer engine with power output increased by 10 hp (7 kW) to 330 hp (243 kW) at 7,400 rpm (an additional 200 rpm). The maximum torque remains unchanged at 370 Newton metres at 4,750 rpm.

The extra power feeds directly through into the performance of the all black two-seater. The acceleration times from nought to 100 km/h (62 mph) are improved by a tenth of a second to 5.1 seconds with the six-gear manual transmission and to 5.0 seconds with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) respectively. A mere 4.8 seconds are required if the Launch Control is activated on the Sport Chrono package, available as an option. The Cayman S Black Edition's top speed is two kilometres per hour (1.24 mph) faster than that of the Cayman S – 279 km/h (173 mph) with the manual transmission and 277 km/h (172 mph) with the PDK respectively.

The Cayman S Black Edition is not just more sportily agile in terms of its longitudinal dynamics but laterally as well. Among other factors, this is attributable to the Boxster Spyder wheels in black, which with a diameter of 19 inches are not just one inch bigger than the standard Cayman S wheels but are also half an inch wider than the optional 19 inch wheels on the Cayman S. The tyre sizes fitted are 235/35 ZR 19s on the front axle and 265/35 ZR 19s on the rear axle.

With its comprehensive and particularly high-quality equipment, the Cayman S Black Edition also caters for exceedingly exacting demands. For example, Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights and LED daytime running lights are just as much part of the basic specification as are automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor. Driver and front seat passenger sit on black partial leather seats with Porsche crest on the headrests; climate control ensures a comfortable temperature. The driver pilots the Cayman Black Edition by means of a Sport Design steering wheel, the cruise control makes driving at constant speed a more comfortable and economical experience.

The colour scheme of the limited edition sports coupé is consistent to the smallest detail: the dashboard trim is black as are the gear lever/selector trim and the instrument dials in the instrument cluster. The door entry guards emblazoned with the lettering "Black Edition" are made of stainless steel; the glove compartment lid bears the badge proclaiming the limited edition status. Equipped with Sound Package Plus, the Cayman S Black Edition's infotainment systems are controlled via Porsche Communication Management ( PCM). This also includes, for example, the navigation module and universal audio interface (AUX, USB, iPod). Mobile phone integration is already enabled. In all, the Cayman S Black Edition features the Porsche Comfort, Infotainment and Design packages, offering a price reduction into the bargain.

With country-specific equipment, the Cayman S Black Edition costs 67,807 euro in Germany including VAT.

5/6/2011"

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Thank you very much. So based on the 2nd to last paragraph, looks like it is a bargain... interesting, this is not the usual practice of limited editions...

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