Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  2012 Porsche Cayman R Makes World Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show - Web Exclusive
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

2012 Porsche Cayman R Makes World Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show - Web Exclusive

New mid-engine coupe takes its purist cue from Boxster Spyder

Nov 30, 2010

ATLANTA - Featuring 121 pounds less weight and the most horsepower available in a mid-engine Porsche, the 330-hp Cayman R has been created for one reason: pure driving dynamics. With its highly-tuned sports suspension and vigilant attention to weight savings, the third Cayman model offers an even more precise driving experience than the standard Cayman S. A direct descendant of the famous 1950s 550 and 1960s 904 mid-engined, high-performance Coupes, the 2012 Porsche Cayman R is celebrating its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show November 17, 2010.

Epcp_1011_01_o+2012_porsche_cayman_r_world_debut+driver_side_front Photo 2/6   |   2012 Porsche Cayman R Makes World Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show - Web Exclusive

Light and Powerful
The newest member of the mid-engine family features the highly efficient 3.4-liter six-cylinder Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) boxer engine found in the Cayman S, but produces 10 more horsepower. With a six-speed manual transmission, the Cayman R sprints from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.7 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 4.4 seconds. Top track speed with the manual transmission is up by 3 to 175 mph (282 km / h), 174 mph (280 km / h) with the PDK. The main objective in the concept and execution of the Cayman R was to improve the already energetic two-seater through a systematic reduction in weight, thereby increasing performance, driving dynamics and agility. With a DIN unladen weight of 2849 lbs. (1295 kg), Porsche engineers were able to achieve a power-to-weight ratio of 8.58 lbs. per hp (3.9 kilograms per hp) and with 8.8 lbs per hp (4 kilograms per hp) with the PDK.

More from Less
The greatest savings comes from the use of lightweight components and the omission of certain standard equipment not directly associated with driving performance. In addition to the removal of the A/C and stereo, the driver-focused Cayman R utilizes a sports suspension system that lowers the Cayman R by 20 mm, helping lower center of gravity. Optional on the Cayman S, the Cayman R comes with a standard limited slip differential, front and rear spoilers from the Cayman Aerokit and special lightweight 19" wheels also found on the Boxster Spyder. Lightweight aluminum door skins, carbon-fiber backed sport bucket seats and interior door panels from the 911 GT3 RS also contribute to the weight reduction. Black-framed halogen headlights, contrasting side mirrors and decorative "PORSCHE" side-stripes add to the unique appearance.

Epcp_1011_02_o+2012_porsche_cayman_r_world_debut+passenger_side Photo 3/6   |   2012 Porsche Cayman R Makes World Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show - Web Exclusive

The 2012 Cayman R goes on sale in February 2011 and U.S. base pricing is $66,300.

Quick Specs:

  • Horizontally opposed 6-Cylinder, Mid-Engine
  • Displacement : 3.4 Liters
  • Bore: 97 mm (3.8 in.)
  • Stroke: 77.5 mm (3.05 in.)
  • Horsepower: 330 @ rpm : 7400
  • Torque - 273 lb-ft @ rpm : 4750
  • Compression ratio : 12.5: 1
  • Fuel tank capacity : 14.3 Gallons
  • 0-60 (manual: PDK w/Sport Chrono PDK) : 4.7 seconds /4.4 seconds
  • Top track speed manual (PDK) : 175 mph (174 mph)

Epcp_1011_03_o+2012_porsche_cayman_r_world_debut+rear_spoiler Photo 4/6   |   2012 Porsche Cayman R Makes World Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show - Web Exclusive

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

On Friday, November 27, 2020, a half dozen of our favorite MotorTrend hosts will be subjected to a series of holiday-themed automotive challenges that you, almost certainly, have never seen the like of before. But before all the Holiday Hooptie Challenge starts, let’s get to know one of the lucky contestants from All Girls Garage on the MotorTrend App
Jordon ScottNov 25, 2020
LOOKING BACK AT THE SUPER STREET COROLLA The new 2021 Toyota Corolla is an entry-level car that we’ve had a ton of experience with as we built a 2019 hatchback two years ago. With the help of our friends at Auto Tuned and a rendering by Jon Sibal, we transformed our little XSE into a
Sam DuNov 24, 2020
Putting down the first few sentences of a feature like this 1987 Honda CRX Si is a little tougher than usual. It’s not the familiar story of picking up an old, used Honda, adding wheels and a drop before giving in and going all out on a full-blown build. Furthermore, to be clear, it’s also
RodrezNov 24, 2020
Rodrez: It’s the measuring stick that offers as much speculation and attempts to discredit driver achievement as it does real-world data and raw, obsessively focused attempts to chip away at the clock. The Nurburgring serves as a standard by which most automakers set their sights. It arms internet debate specialists with numbers and comparisons by
Nick YekikianNov 21, 2020
It’s safe to say that Angel Pena, owner of this supercharged 2008 Acura TSX, has a “type.” Having been enamored with Acura’s entry-level sedan ever since it was first introduced, he knew right away he’d get his hands on one, and eventually, he did just that. Today, a decade later, he’s moved on to his
RodrezNov 21, 2020
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP