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Porsche Cayman R

Research the 2012 Porsche Cayman R

The Good

An excellent car to drive on the whole, with a smooth-shifting transmission and excellent fuel economy for its class. Its mid-level price makes it attainable for a wider range of drivers.

The Bad

Options are expensive to add to the Cayman R, and there are many who feel that this car lacks the prestige and pizzazz of the iconic Porsche 911, despite its comparable price point.

The Bottom Line

This is one of the best-driving production vehicles on the road today, but if you can afford the extra money, there are a lot of purists who think the 911 offers a better overall experience.

Price

The 2012 Porsche Cayman R is one of four trim packages available in the Cayman line. It is out-priced only by the Cayman Black Edition, which offers a few extra bells and whistles for an inflated price. The lower-end Cayman models include the base model and the S model. Expect the Porsche Cayman R price to vary from region to region; the quoted MSRP and “average paid” figures are culled from nationwide averages.

MSRP: $66,300

Average paid: $66,241

Performance

Acceleration and power

The flat-six engine is up to just about any challenge, peaking at 330 horsepower and 273 lb/ft of torque. By comparison, the base model Cayman offers only 265 horsepower and 221 lb/ft of torque, while the Cayman S comes close with 320 horsepower and 266 lb/ft of torque. However, the Cayman R significantly outperforms its closest cousin in terms of acceleration and overall performance. One knock against it, though, is that engine noise reaches very high levels when accelerating at full tilt.

Porsche officially lists the Cayman R’s 0 to 60 acceleration time at 4.6 seconds; however, multiple Porsche Cayman R reviews found that the vehicle actually scoots to highway speed a hair quicker than this, with one road test showing a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 4.2 seconds.

Handling and braking

Reviews are unanimous in their praise of the Cayman R’s world-class handling, which is among the very best on offer from any carmaker in the world. In fact, even some Porsche 911 purists admit that the Cayman R equals if not exceeds the quality of the 911’s handling. Anti-lock brakes with automatic brake differentials are standard on all Porsche Cayman models, and displayed high levels of stability and responsiveness during road tests.

Interior

Seating

Minor changes to the interior trim are new for the 2012 model. The two-passenger vehicle features lightweight sport seats, which are finished in Porsche’s signature luxury leather. The reclining seats also offer lumbar support, and are power adjustable.

Features

Porsche Cayman R specs list a wealth of standard features, including climate control with a built-in carbon filter, cruise control, an alarm system, a theft deterrent system with an interior sensor, remote vehicle control interface, transponder key and engine immobilizer. Analog instrumentation is supported by an on-board trip computer and driver information console. A four-speaker AM/FM stereo with CD and MP3 capability is the factory entertainment system; if you opt for the Black Edition instead of the R, you will enjoy an upgraded stereo with your purchase.

Cargo space

The 2012 Porsche Cayman R is a mid-engine sports coupe, meaning that both the trunk and the hood offer storage and cargo space. Despite this, there isn’t a whole lot of room for transporting your stuff when you go for a drive – the Cayman R’s total cargo space is just 14.5 cubic feet.

Safety

The 2012 Porsche Cayman R has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traction control, electronic stability and anti-lock brakes are standard features on all Cayman models. The vehicle also comes with six airbags and additional safety features which include a tire pressure monitor, boron-reinforced windshield tubing and crumple zone body construction.

Specifications

The 2011 Porsche Cayman R did not exist; this trim package is brand-new for 2012. Compared to the base model and the Cayman S, the 2012 Porsche Cayman R offers a more powerful engine that puts out more horsepower and torque than the lower-end packages. The Cayman R shares this top of the line engine with the Black Edition, the highest-priced option in the Cayman lineup.

  • Transmission: 6-speed manual with overdrive
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: Gasoline flat-six; mid-engine configuration
  • Engine Size: 3.4 L
  • Horsepower: 330 @ 7400 rpm
  • Torque: 273 pounds per foot @ 4400-6000 rpm
  • MPG, City: 19 MPG
  • MPG, Highway: 27 MPG
  • Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles
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