Porsche Cayman R has further developed the car by reducing weight, increasing horsepower and raising agility and handling to new heights. The Porsche alphabet reserves the letter R for very special sports cars: R
for responsive and refined – but most especially for racing. the Porsche Cayman redefined the concept of the mid-engined sports coupe, combining scintillating chassis dynamics with characteristically sporting levels of responsiveness from its flat-six engines.
With many other sports cars, including many in Porsche’s own lineup, weighed down with navi, air conditioning and other non-essentials, Porsche took a scalpel to the list of standard equipment in the Cayman to save weight. Porsche shaved more weight by using aluminum doors which are opened by familiar nylon straps. Weighing only 2855 lbs, Cayman R was made even lighter by 121 lbs or 55 kg than Cayman S.
From the outside, the distinctive Cayman Aerokit sports styling - with fixed rear spoiler in contrasting colour - sets the Cayman R apart, and black-framed halogen headlights, contrasting side mirrors and decorative "PORSCHE" side-stripes bring further differentiation. For customers seeking to stand out further from the crowd a new option of Peridot metallic paint is available (as seen in the photos.)
The newest member of the mid-engined Cayman family features the highly efficient 3.4-litre, flat six-cylinder Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) boxer engine found in the Cayman S. The acclaimed Porsche Cayman S has 320 hp but Cayman R got ten horsepower more than its predecessor.
With a six-speed manual transmission, the Porsche Cayman R sprints from a stand-still to 62 mph in 5.0 seconds, two-tenths of a second faster than the Cayman S. With the optional seven-speed dual-clutch PDK (Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) transmission and the Sport Chrono package, the exercise is reduced to 4.7 seconds. Top speed with the manual transmission is up by 3 to 175 mph (282 km/h), 174 mph (280 km/h) with the PDK.
The Porsche Cayman R goes on sale in the UK in February 2011, priced from £51,731 1. Included in the purchase price is the invitation for customers to explore the dynamic attributes of their Porsche Cayman R and develop their own skills behind the wheel, courtesy of a Driving Experience Programme at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.