• Apr 8, 2011
Cayman R vs. Cayman S - Click above to watch the video after the jump

The Cayman S is considered by many to be the best-handling Porsche currently available. After all, the Cayman is 90 percent Boxster with just a teensy bit more power and a fixed roof. The all-new Cayman R, however, has still more power, is lowered by about an inch, loses about 100 pounds and adds the lightest wheels currently available on a production Porsche. So, which version of the Cayman really is the best-handling Porsche?

The folks at Autocar asked that very question, and they set aside some track time to find out. The S goes first, and Autocar's Matt Prior gushes over the Porsche's steering and handling while he slips and slides through the Silverstone Porsche driving experience track. Then comes the Cayman R, which very obviously has even less trouble keeping all four tires glued to the road. So, which one takes the cake? Hit the jump to find out for yourself.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      am I the only one who is annoyed at how he's driving them? Not really effective to see how they really can do on the track. He's like JC trying to talk about handling when all he does is drift it into corners. It's impressive, but I'm more impressed when someone can throw a car into corners and keep it from throwing the tail out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        He seems more interested in showy video than lap times. Not impressed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, I love the Cayman.

      Can't think of a single good reason why one would buy a 911 over this mid-engined machine. All the extra power that the higher-end 911s have is utterly pointless 99.9% of the time. The Cayman on the other hand has been awarded time and again with having some of the best steering of any car in any price. Give me that!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love both of these cars. Especially in the colors of the cars featured. I'll take a loaded PDK S and a stripped 6-sp R. Perfect combo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      this video was really boring you watch him drive the car and he kinda talks about the difference between driving the two cars and then at the end he just says "its feels about 10 to 15% better i reccomend this car it's worth it" i dont care about your arbitrary subjective numbers. i was hopeing for track times or at least a better review then this. that guy needs to be fired he sucks.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And why is he wearing a Holden shirt? He sounds far from an Aussie bogan...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Simple answer...

      As TV's Kate Reed (Fairly Legal) would say, WIN-WIN.

      Buy whichever one you want... full options, or stripped down, and it is a fantastic car either way.

      The only way the 981 (or 988, whichever the successor to the 987 current chassis) will get noticeably better, is if it gets an infusion dose of 918 Spyder or RSR coupe styling, and boy do I hope it does.

      I will someday own a mid-engined boxer Porsche, whether it has a roof or not, I am not sure yet. I like them both. And an AWD Targa 4S...

      A Boxster Spyder for sunny days and track days, and a Targa 4S for the rest of the time sounds like a good pair, to me... If I ever win the lottery that I don't play... :D
      • 3 Years Ago
      Go to about 3:55, first you hear a girly giggle.

      And then...holy crap whats happening to the rim?!??! lol It looks neat.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Its just an anomaly of modern digital videocameras.
        Its because of the way that the CCD in the camera records the video signal.

        You can kind of recreate it by taking a picture of a regular old box fan (that's turned on) with your cameraphone.... depending upon the model, you'll get the same time-warped look.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Decent video, but his erratic yanks of the wheel to drift through the corners annoys the crap out of me. I realize it's cool, but it's no way to get around a track properly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I stopped listening after the point where they mention "no AC". Who wants a 60k+ car without AC?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uhmm ME!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I do! Using AC takes away power from the engine anyway, and this is meant to be a track special.

        Plus.. you'll be more environmental! Win win situation no?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I do because its Florida
        • 3 Years Ago

        Yes, Porsche a multi-billion dollar company that has been around for decades decided to make this car and it options or lack of options because they did absolutely no research at all.

        The main enemy of a race car is weight, the purpose of removing these things is to reduce weight, it is that simple. There are people who race and track these cars and they want the unneccesary heavy equipment out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh then you just missed the part where he says you can add it back in as an option. ;)

        I don't know about the statement that it's not intended as a daily driver. It seems that it would be perfectly fine as one.

        One odd thing about the video is that the steering effort looks almost too light but the driver says it's great so I'll take his word for it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Talk about completely missing the point.

        They are comparing the track-prep "R", against the full-boat "S".

        If you want AC, add it back in on the options list, or buy the "S" with full amenities, and reflash the ECU to get the R's power level. Porsche gives you just about every opportunity you could want to get the car configured as you want.

        This guy reminds me of Jeff Dunham's character Peanut, that always makes fun of people when the topic zooms over the top of their heads. "NEEEEEEEOOOWWWM!"
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for my build number. I was expecting the car late April now I've been told it will be mid to late May. Had to cancel a planned trip to VIR. Ordered it with the ceramics and LI motor sport battery. I had to have the AC, stereo & PDK. I think the curb weight on mine should be 2901 lbs. It will be my daily driver and T car at the track. All that I've heard until now has been when the motor sports media ran the cars in Spain in the rain. Can't wait for mine.

      My track car is a 99 cobra that I'm setting the engine back 10 inches and is being re-engined with a 5.O crate motor sporting the BOSS intake and a tune by Sean Hyland Mortorsports. It should weigh in around 2,750 lbs. Hoping for 48.5/51.5 front to back weight distribution. Expecting 410/420 rwhp through 6 speed sequential box.

      @ TrippulG3 - I'm not rich, just a hard working car nut.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks so good going around that track.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That R looks like a blast, one with A/C and the Carbon fiber seats would be perfect.
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