Launched in September 2005, the Porsche Cayman has been given a major tweak with the introduction of the Cayman R. with its reduced weight, increased horsepower and improved handling, the new model becomes the third version in the range, joining the Cayman and Cayman S.
Weighing 121 lb less than the equivalent Cayman S, and boasting the most horsepower available in a mid-engined Porsche, the 330hp Cayman R has been created for driving dynamics.
Tracing its lineage back to the famous mid-engined 904 coupes of the 1960s, the Cayman R celebrated its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, 2010.
The newest member of the mid-engined Cayman family features the highly efficient 3.4-liter, flat six-cylinder Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) boxer engine found in the Cayman S, but it has been tuned to produce an additional 10hp.
With a six-speed manual transmission, the Cayman R sprints from a standstill to 62mph in 5.0 seconds, two-tenths of a second faster than the Cayman S.
With the optional seven-speed dual-clutch PDK 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 175mph, or 174mph with the PDK.
The main objective in the concept and execution of the Cayman R was to improve the two-seater through a systematic reduction in weight, thereby increasing performance, driving dynamics and agility. With an unladen weight of 2854 lb, Porsche engineers were able to achieve a great power-to-weight ratio. The greatest savings come from the use of lightweight components and stripping equipment levels to those associated with driving performance.
In addition to the removal of the air conditioning and stereo, the driver-focused Cayman R utilizes a unique, slightly smaller 54-liter fuel tank and a sports suspension system that lowers the Cayman R by 20mm, helping lower the centre of gravity.
The Cayman R also comes as standard with a limited-slip differential to optimize cornering grip, and lightweight 19” wheels (first seen on the Boxster Spyder) that reduce weight by 11 lb.
Lightweight aluminum door skins from the 911 Turbo and GT3, carbon fiber sports bucket seats and the distinctive interior door panels from the 911 GT3 RS also contribute to the weight reduction.
From the outside, the distinctive Cayman aero kit has a fixed rear spoiler in contrasting color to set the Cayman R apart. There are also black-framed halogen headlights, contrasting mirrors and decorative "Porsche" side-stripes.
For customers seeking to stand out further from the crowd, a new option of Peridot green metallic paint is available (as in the photos.) Historically, special Porsche models with optimized performance were identified by the moniker ‘R’ for Racing. The most revered model of this type is the 911 R of 1967. This specialized, lightweight edition of the 911 coupe had a 210hp flat-six engine shared with the Carrera 6 sports racer and weighed just 1829 lb. Just 19 examples were built. Most recently, the 911 GT3 ‘R’ was built for racing in sports car championships around the world.