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2010-11-17 11:51

GREEN MACHINE: It may only be negligibly faster than the Cayman S but Porsche’s new mid-engined ‘R’ model is sure to provide unmatched tactile feedback to keen drivers.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Porsche
Model Cayman R
Engine 3.4l flat-six
Power 243kW
Transmission Six-speed manual, seven-speed PDK
Zero To Hundred 4.7 sec
Top Speed 282km/h
Fuel Tank 54l
Fuel Consumption 9.7l/100km
Weight 1 295kg
Porsche’s most focused Cayman yet is about to debut at the Los Angeles auto show an 'R' model that's lighter and more powerful than the Cayman S.

A range of redesigned components has trimmed mass to 295kg, making the Cayman R 55kg lighter than the S.

Part of the weight-saving has come at a cost to comfort and convenience with the cabin stripped of aicon and sound and a 10-litre smaller fuel tank.

The R rides 20mm lower and, thanks to some engine tweaking, its 3.4 flat-six produces 243kW, eight more than the Cayman S. It's also 0.2sec quicker to 100km/h at 4.7sec when equipped with both the PDK dual-clutch seven-speed transmission and Porsche’s Sport Chrono package.


All Cayman R models will have a limited-slip differential for securing traction between the rear wheels, whether they are seven-speed PDK models or six-speed manual derivatives.

True to Porsche’s ‘R’ heritage, this latest Cayman will have a fixed rear spoiler and branded graphics on its flanks. It is, interestingly, the first non-911 Porsche to carry the company's hallowed 'R' moniker.

It may not be awfully comfortable to drive on a hot day but powering to a 282km/h top speed (with the six-speed H-gate, PDK tops out at 280km/h) and averaging consumption of only 9.7 litres/100km, the Cayman R is very much a performance car for the 21st century.


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