By Nick Aziz
Monday, Nov 28th, 2005 @ 7:45 am
 
This past Saturday, the first Porsche Caymans graced Porsche showroom floors in Germany. The Cayman S is powered by a newly developed 295 horsepower flat six-cylinder engine. With a manual transmission, the mid-engine sports car can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (or from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds), with a top speed of 275 km/h (171 mph). The car costs roughly $59,000 without options. Just as the Cayman S is celebrating its debut, Porsche also announced it will adopt a group of four caimans at Stuttgart's Wilhelma Zoo on this day. The caiman is the animal that inspired Porsche's nomenclature for the new coupe. This is the first time that Porsche has participated in this kind of animal welfare, and the first time in the history of the Wilhelma that an automobile company has adopted an animal.



The "broad-snouted caimans", native to rivers and swamps from Brazil to Uruguay, live in the Amazon House of the zoological botanical garden, where in future a sign on the enclosure will inform visitors of the "animal connection" with Porsche . "The caimans, species Caiman Iatirostris, are one of the world's most endangered species. We are all the more delighted to know that these animals now enjoy the protection and support of Porsche," said the Director of the Wilhelma, Professor Dieter Jauch, at the presentation of the adoption certificate to the sports car manufacturer.