• Nov 17th 2010 at 9:55AM
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2011 Porsche Cayman R – Click above for high-res image gallery

Porsche has just announced the 2011 Cayman R, previously referred to in the rumormill as the Cayman Clubsport. Think of it as a purer interpretation of the company's baby sports bruiser, much like the Boxster Spyder is to the standard Boxster. With weight saving tricks like aluminum doors, sports bucket seats and unnecessary hardware like the radio, air-conditioning and storage compartments deleted, the Cayman R hits the scales 121 pounds lighter than the run-of-the mill hard top. Porsche engineers also threw in a slight pump in power, throwing the final figure from the 3.4-liter flat lump to 330 horsepower. All told, the changes are good for a 0-60 run in the 4.7-second range – a full .2 seconds quicker than the base Cayman S.

Outside, Porsche has fitted the Cayman S with new 19-inch lightweight wheels, and aesthetic tweaks like a subtle stripe package, contrasting-color mirrors and black-accented headlight bezels. We don't exactly know how much Porsche is going to ask for this gem, but in the grand tradition of offering less content for more money, we don't expect it to be cheap. Look for live shots from the 2010 LA Auto Show later today. In the mean time, hit the jump for a quick video and Porsche's official press release.

[Source: Porsche]

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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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      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool! I had a blender that color in the late 1970s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting color choice, of chartreuse green. It actually doesn't look that bad, but I probably wouldn't choose it.

      I would almost definitely choose Aqua Blue, with silver stripes. BTW, why don't the stripes wrap up into the side intake, with the bodyline that does that? It looks odd just ending at the door shut-line.

      I am also a bit dissappointed that the side intakes are stock Cayman, not the same open design, as the Boxster Spyder, and painted gray.

      Along with that, I wonder what the Cayman R would look like with the simpler, possibly lighter, Boxster Spyder front bumper cover, with the similarly gray painted inserts, and just the LED markers, without the fog-lights. I do like the further blacked out headlight housings. The boxster spyder blacks out most of it... but the Cayman R even blacks out the chrome outline around the whole light fixture, just inside the edges of the clear cover.

      I was hoping for a composite roof-skin, either SMC, or even CF... with a double-bubble shape, kind of like the Carrera GT, or the 911 Sport Classic. The cayman could really use the reduction of roof height in the middle of that highly compound-curved roof skin.

      The fixed rear spoiler is a bit anti-climactic. I'd much rather it go whole-hog, and be more like the TechArt GT spoiler with the big GT-2 like wing.

      Well, I guess I know how I would modify one of these things, if I had the money.

      Oh, and the engine... (yeah, as if that would be an afterthought...) I wonder why they didn't just bite the bullet and go for the whole 100hp/liter. Why go from 320 to 330hp, when for just 10 more hp, you could market the 3.4 liter boxer as 340hp.

      But in my mod program, it would get a 405+hp 3.8-4.0 liter naturally aspirated boxer transplant, with the power kit, and dual-mode sport exhaust. Backed by a PDK/LSD, and PASM-compatible Bilstein PSS10 coil-overs, and PCCB brakes, and the sport-chrono option that sharpens the computer settings even further.

      I am just not sure if I like the R/Spyder wheels, or the Carrera S II star-shape wheels better. I wonder what the weight difference is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love it. Not as extensive in the weight savings as I had hoped, but it still comes out to 2855 lbs, only 44 lbs heavier than the Boxster Spyder (which lost 46 lbs because of its convertible top, so I guess that makes sense). Also, wish Porsche had done more with the rear hatch (no mention of it being specifically lightweight, or any unique spoiler...that spoiler looks like it was lifted straight from the optional aerokit)...but otherwise, it's exactly what I had hoped a Boxster Spyder type treatment to the Cayman would come out like.

      Definitely have my sights set on a white one 1.5 years from now :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I never trust manufacturer's published "curb" weights...there always
        seems to be a bit of fudging going on. C&D weighed a Cayman S and it
        came out to 3170lbs...so I would expect this Cayman R to hit the
        scales a few dozen pounds above 3k.

        Source: http://www.caranddriver.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/original/application/c89c8f6d2acf47ae9af158211314c5cf.pdf

        Still mighty impressive!
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is true, but i suspect that the numbers Porsche publishes are at the absolute lightest the car could be (sans AC, radio...etc)...some of the press cars that magazines test have various options and stuff so that could change the number.

        That being said, there could still be some weight changes made for the official figures by messing with the fluid levels etc, so I dunno...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It starts at $66,300 MSRP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Folks @ AutoBlog:

      Keep up the great coverage and hi-res photos of LA2010 and maybe I won't have to slog it up the 405 to only get crushed by the masses and not even get as good a look!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I absolutely love the Cayman (easily my favorite Porsche), but we all know that this special edition is going to cost an arm and a leg and for rather minimal gains.

      The weight savings are good, but not that great, and unless you only track this car, getting rid of the radio/AC/etc just to save a few lbs is too severe of a penalty for the limited performance gain you might get. I honestly think you'd be much better off just getting a regular Cayman and spending the extra money on aftermarket parts on your own.
      • 4 Years Ago

      But keep the stickers.. n I want mine in jet shiny black with those same rims.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It matches the color of my bedroom.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The bedroom is more muted that is. I can't imagine sleeping in a neon lime room.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now that you mention it - mine too. Well - it's slightly more muted.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the colour. The world needs more green cars. They're pretty rare.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A full 0.2s quicker to 60mph. Pure bragging rights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Porsche is generally pretty conservative on their performance figures...besides, you don't actually think they'd list it with a 0-60 time faster than the 911, do you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who's in charge of the photoshop department at Porsche? I've never seen more fake looking photos in my entire life.

      That being said, this car reminds me of some very notorious car's. Viper GTS ACR anyone? Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R N1? Original 993 GT2?

      I love cars with this Etho's. I wish this car only came in white. Now that would be bad ass.

      Nice job Porsche! But... not so nice job on the Photoshop hackjobs...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The real beauty of this car's spiritual forebear, the 968 CS, was that it actually charged less for less. That'll never happen in this day and age, and it's probably just as well that Porsche stayed away from the storied Clubsport name.

      Still, I have no doubt that it'll be absolutely brilliant to drive. Just take a look at the current GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder. They've been spectacular, and I expect the Cayman R to follow suit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ BoxerFanatic.

        10 more internet points for you as well for mentioning the RS America! That car is fantastic. Easily one of the best sports cars ever made. Drove one about 2 years ago. It's a perfect car. Feels absolutely fantastic, steering is incredible etc, etc. I'm in the market for one now but they are getting expensive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You get 10 extra internet points for mentioning the 968 CS. Excellent!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kudos for that...

        There was a 911, I believe the 964-model, called RS America, and other RS models that were also lightened.

        However, I think the 968 CS was actually less equipped than the regularly more premium oriented 968 Coupe. It had the M030 suspension, and such, but other than that, it was genuinely a subtraction of un-needed things.

        The 987 R and Spyder models, actually not only subtract things... but ADD or change things actively. The wheels are lighter, which likely cost more to produce with reliable strength. The entire liftback on the Spyder is different than the Boxster. Plus, the engines are tuned to a higher state, and other small detail changes that are more than just subtractions.
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