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18th November, 2010

The letter R in the Porsche alphabet is reserved exclusively for very special models. R stands for Responsive, Refined and Racy attributes the new Cayman R has in 'spades'. The Porsche Cayman R will be unveiled to the public, tomorrow, at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

The new, lightweight, mid-engined coupe is designed for spectacular road dynamics and exhilarating driving. This is achieved by reducing weight, increasing engine output and retuning the chassis to an even sportier set-up.

The new Cayman R is 55 kilogrammes lighter than the Cayman S and gains eight (8) kW to bring maximum power up to 243 kW from its 3.4-litre six-cylinder boxer engine. With the standard six-speed manual gearbox it will accelerate from 0100 km/h in 5.0 seconds. With optional double clutch PDK gearbox the sprint time is reduced to 4.9 seconds, or down to 4.7 seconds when combined with optional Sport Chrono.

The new mid-engine coupe is capable of a top speed of 282 km/h with manual gearbox, or 280 km/h with PDK. Its NEDC fuel consumption is 9.7 L/100 km with six-speed gearbox and 9.3 L/100 km 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 an unladen weight of just 1,295 kilogrammes, the Porsche engineers were able to reduce the power-to-weight ratio with standard manual gearbox to 5.32 kg per kilowatt.

The higher level of standard specification enjoyed by Cayman S customers in Australia will remain in the Cayman R. Key features of climate control air-conditioning and Porsche Communication Management (PCM) incorporating radio, six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth and IPod functionality as well as sat-nav will remain standard on the Cayman R. These items are deleted from overseas models. Therefore the net weight saving on the Australian specification Cayman R is around 40 kg compared with the Australian spec Cayman S with weight reductions coming predominantly from the use of aluminium doors, lightweight sports bucket seats, super lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels (complete rim set weighs less than 40 kg) and other small but critical weight saving measures.

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The Cayman R's purpose and purist character is evident from first glance. The extended silhouette of the bodywork (which has been lowered by 20 millimetres 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 "PORSCHE" decal on the side in contrasting black or silver, depending on the body colour take design cues from classic Porsche racing cars.

The new Porsche Cayman R goes on sale in Australia late in the first quarter of 2011, priced at $165,000* with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. PDK is a $5,700 option and includes steering wheel paddle shifts on the Cayman R.

NOTE: * Prices in this news story are the Manufacturer's List Price (MLP), which exclude dealer delivery fees and the various statutory charges. These fees and charges are often called "on-road" costs. Additionally, prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.


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