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Porsche Cayman R revealed ahead of LA Auto Show debut [videos]

Cayman R edition is 55 kg (121 lb) lighter, sits 20 mm lower and comes with 10 PS more than the Cayman S

Porsche will be introducing the new Cayman R model at the Los Angeles auto show today.

The Cayman R is a special edition which features performance improvements over the Cayman S model.

It is 55 kg (121 lb) lighter, sits 20 mm lower and comes with 10 PS (7 kW / 10 bhp) more than the Cayman S.

The Cayman R's 3.4 liter six-cylinder power plant has an output of 330 hp (243 kW) and a curb weight of just 1,295 kgs (2855 lbs). Those new features are good for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 5.0 seconds with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox. The optional 7-speed PDK (dual-clutch) shaves 0.1 seconds off that time. Fitted with the Sport Chrono packages, the Cayman R gets that number further down to 4.7 seconds.

The mid-engined coupé has a top speed of 282 km/h (175 mph) with the 6-speed manual gearbox and slightly less (280 km/h / 174 mph) with the PDK.

The Porsche Cayman R will be available as of February 2011.

Prices in Germany begin at €69,830, including VAT.

[UPDATE] Live video added to article.

 

Source: Porsche

World debuts in Los Angeles: Cayman R - the new top-of-the-range model for the mid-engine coupé

Lightweight car with exceptionally sporting ambitions

Stuttgart. The Porsche alphabet reserves the letter R for very special sports cars: R for responsive and refined - but most especially for racy. The new Cayman R combines all these attributes without compromise. 55 kilograms (121 lb) lighter and with ten horsepower more than the Cayman S, the new mid-engine coupé from Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is designed for spectacular road behaviour. With its specially adapted sports chassis, it provides an even more precise driving experience than the Cayman S. The Cayman R makes its world debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new mid-engine coupé is powered by a tuned-up 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine developing 330 hp (243 kW). In the standard configuration it transmits its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox that propels the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds. Or there is the option of the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) that reduces its acceleration time to 4.9 seconds. For even more impressive sprinting performance, the Cayman R can be supplied with one of the optional Sport Chrono packages, taking it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds. The new mid-engine coupé is capable of a top speed of 282 km/h (175 mph) with manual gearbox, or 280 km/h (174 mph) with PDK. Its NEDC fuel consumption is 9.7 l/100 km (29.12 mpg imp.) with six-speed gearbox and 9.3 l/100 km (30.37 mpg imp.) with PDK. The main aim during the design of the Cayman R was to improve the two-seater even further in its performance, driving dynamics and agility through consistent weight reduction. With a DIN unladen weight of just 1,295 kilograms (2855 lb) the Porsche engineers were able to reduce the power-to-weight ratio of the coupé with standard manual gearbox to 3.9 kilograms (8.6 lb) per horsepower, with the PDK version weighing 4.0 kilograms (8.8 lb) per horsepower. The largest savings were achieved through the use of lightweight components and doing without convenience equipment. As for the 911 GT3/GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder, an optional lithium-ion lightweight construction battery is also available. In addition, the top model in the mid-engine coupé is equipped with the lightest 19 inch wheels the entire Porsche range can offer. The complete rim set weighs less than 40 kilograms.

The Cayman R's purpose and purist character can be seen at first glance. The extended silhouette of the bodywork, which has been lowered by 20 millimetres (0.79 in) compared to the Cayman S, combined with the distinctive fixed rear spoiler, the high-quality silver-painted wheels and numerous sporting highlights on both the interior and exterior, ensures an individual appearance. The black-framed headlights, black exterior mirrors and the "PORSCHE" lettering on the side - in contrasting black or silver, depending on the body colour - take design cues from classic Porsche racing cars.

Precisely this lettering was the trademark of the first Porsche with the "R" designation, the 911 R of 1967. It was created for racing sport use in a small series of 19 cars. The "R" was a prototype based on the standard coupé with a 210 horsepower Carrera 6 engine and, thanks to its many plastic components and extremely sparse equipment, weighed only 830 kilograms (1830 lb).

The new Porsche Cayman R will go on sale from February 2011. The price in Germany will be EUR 69,830 inclusive of 19 percent VAT and country-specific equipment items. Go to www.porsche.com/cayman-r-live to listen to the Porsche press conference broadcast live from the Los Angeles Auto Show starting 7:55 p.m. German Time.

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Comments (18)

catchmyshadow
i like the color, it matches the black accents of the car perfectly.
Nov 17, 2010 7:21 pm
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mikemikemikemike
0-60 in 5? meh.
Nov 17, 2010 6:07 pm
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scratchy996
it's a Porsche, that means it will do it in ~4.5 seconds. also who really cares about 0-60 times on a track ?
Nov 18, 2010 4:32 am
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mikemikemikemike
It says its good for 5. What do you think you would do more of in this car, honestly, track racing or straight line acceleration?
Nov 18, 2010 3:36 pm
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BrianWCF
Second "live" video added to article.
Nov 17, 2010 4:17 pm
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eddie
I have had several Porsches in the past and the reliability and small dealerships are a real plus
Nov 17, 2010 2:24 pm
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nederinaa
The Cayman is feeling its age, no doubt it is still a great car to own with rewarding dynamics and this is probably the best looking or desirable Cayman yet, essentially a Boxster Spyder with a roof. Exciting? Porsches are associated with retirees or geeky collectors these days. I'll wait for the more sexciting 1-Series M coupe or the next generation SLK AMGs.
Nov 17, 2010 2:07 pm
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scratchy996
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEOKck7WWvU some moving images of "geeks and retirees". let's see the 1M and SLK drivers do this with their stock cars.
Nov 17, 2010 3:14 pm
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N20_Purge
I really like this car, kinda like a smaller GT3 or a Boxster Spyder with a roof.
Nov 17, 2010 2:00 pm
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ClintonM3
Boxster Spyder looks cool, CGT 918-ish. This car would look better with a different color. I don't know what made them to use this color (old porsche yellow green?) to promote this car. Looks too boy racer, dare I say rice...
Nov 17, 2010 1:46 pm
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MTC
Nice, if I were to buy one, I would have a tough time to choose Cayman R or Boxster Spyder
Nov 17, 2010 1:42 pm
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YaSSaL
Cayman is the only Porsche I've ever liked as a car at all...
Nov 17, 2010 11:23 am
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porschecarreragtmay6
Correction WCF. This isn't a special edition. It's a standard production model. And remember guys, Porsche is always conservative with their times. I'm sure this car can easily do 4.2 to 60 with PDK.
Nov 17, 2010 9:40 am
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DUCATI46
Love it... another chink out of the 911's armour??
Nov 17, 2010 6:47 am
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FloPoe
the interior looks like the one on the Boxster Spyder - no Radio, no AC, bucket seats, no door handles ... but 5 seconds (or 4.9 or 4.7) is not that impressive. If it is supposed to be a sports version of the Cayman why not give it all the sporty stuff as standard?
Nov 17, 2010 6:42 am
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6SPEEDV8
This car looks like it has potential for a massively lower 0-60 sprint time. How about a RS version.
Nov 17, 2010 6:37 am
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N20_Purge
If Porsche make the Cayman any faster it will be heading into the 911's territory.
Nov 17, 2010 2:47 pm
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6SPEEDV8
no reason to stunt a car's performance potential.
Nov 17, 2010 6:57 pm
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