2012 Porsche Cayman R Test Drive – Porsche Cayman R Review – Popular Mechanics

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2012 Porsche Cayman R Drive

From its impeccable to its gorgeous design, there’s a lot to about the Cayman R. If we had to pick one car to own this year, this be it.

On Sale Date: Now


Competitors: Audi TT RS, BMW 1 Series M, Evora S

Powertrain: 3.4-liter six, 330-hp, 273 lb-ft; dual-clutch automatic, six-speed RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway): mpg

What’s New: The passion for comes from a deep between man and machine. The more stripped-down and pure that model is#150;the tighter the The Porsche Cayman R is so involving it welds itself to the driver, and to this minimalist masterpiece, engineers carved away as weight as possible. They 121 pounds from the Cayman S by aluminum door skins, racing-style seats and new wheels.

The company also dropped some might consider luxuries, such as air conditioning and a system. Even the interior handles are gone, replaced by pull loops just the Porsche 911 GT3. It’s

Under the hood, the Cayman’s flat six remains largely the for 2012, but gets a 10-hp from a new exhaust and engine-management bringing the total to 330 hp. A six-speed comes standard and provides the power-to-weight ratio. However, our car was equipped with the heavier dual-clutch PDK gearbox, as well as the Bi-Xenon headlamps, $1480 Chrono package and more that cranked the price up the $66,300 base to nearly 80

To increase the Cayman’s already handling, the R version is lowered by 20 mm, has a track, wears modified bars and is fitted with a limited-slip differential.

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Tech One of the toys in our beefed-up test car was the Sport Exhaust. At the push of a located in the center console, system changes the sound of the as it exhales through the pipes. The electronics can toggle flaps in the open or closed to increase or the sound.

Porsches have come this option since and in the Cayman R, it’s worth penny.

Driving Character: To get the flavor of our Peridot Metallic R, we hit the canyon roads near for two back-to-back days of fun. It was hot out But the upside of having no AC is that the windows down you hear the engine howl as it echoes off the faces of Mulholland Highway each pull of the paddle

Thanks to that little Exhaust button, the Cayman R a much more exotic and growl than a Cayman S; it makes this car sound a junior-league F1 car. You won’t much time using the shifters in the Cayman R because the PDK in Sport Plus mode can quicker than you can, a gear or even three you can reach for those little And it’s a speedy machine, 60 mph in well under 5 seconds.

You’re the king of the road in the R. There is simply endless that feels so accessible you will push this car than you would a Porsche The feedback from the fat Alcantara wheel might be the most and natural of any car we’ve driven. The tune is equally brilliant on any Typically, any car with an R in its name have an uncomfortable ride.

But in this case, the R doesn’t for -rough. The one drawback is that the and comfortable seats do tend to in the heat that hovers in the because of the car’s lack of Our advice?

Wear shorts.

Detail: In a car that drives so it’s odd that our favorite would be largely visual. But the of the retro green paint, door-side graphics, blacked-out and that discreet fixed-wing makes the Cayman R one tough-looking

Driver’s Grievance: No matter how a car is, we need air conditioning. And though test car came without it, you can it back into your R. Forget about the 30-or-so it saves. In a heat wave, is more important.

The Bottom Line: The Cayman R is the best Porsche we’ve driven. It takes everything important about a sports car and it. Unfortunately, though, this is a so the price keeps it out of most The Cayman R starts at $66,300, seems much more than our car’ as-tested of $78,150.

That’s actually expensive than a bare-bones Porsche 911 Coupe. Still, if were one sports car we could in our own garage this year-at any would be a green Cayman R.

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