Porsche Cayman R
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
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
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 0–100 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.
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.