As expected Porsche revealed today at the 2010 LA Auto Show, the new Cayman R, a sportier version of the entry-level coupe, which promises to offer more precise driving experience than the Cayman S. The new car is powered by a tuned-up 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine developing 330 hp (243 kW) and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that transmits the power to the rear wheels.
With these numbers, the car can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds and has a top speed of 282 km/h (175 mph).
Using the state-of-the-art seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), it can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, while using the optional Sport Chrono packages, the time is reduced even further to 4.7 seconds.
The model fitted with the PDK gearbox has a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph). With the manual gearbox installed, the Cayman R delivers a fuel consumption of 9.7 l/100 km (29.12 mpg imp.), while with the PDK the fuel consumption is reduced to 9.3 l/100 km (30.37 mpg imp.).
As expected, the total weight of the car was reduced to just 1,295 kilograms (2855 lb), using of lightweight components and doing without convenience equipment. Also, just like the 911 GT3/GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder, an optional lithium-ion lightweight construction battery is also available. Furthermore, the car is equipped with the lightest 19 inch wheels the entire Porsche range can offer, and the complete set weighs less than 40 kilograms.
Furthermore, the car has been lowered by 20 millimetres (0.79 in) compared to the Cayman S, and received a distinctive fixed rear spoiler, the high-quality silver-painted wheels and numerous sporting highlights on both the interior and exterior.
The black-framed headlights, black exterior mirrors and the "PORSCHE" lettering on the side is inspired by classic Porsche racing cars. The car pays tribute to the 911 R of 1967, which was created for racing sport use in a small series of 19 cars.
The iconic car was powered by a 210 horsepower Carrera 6 engine and, thanks to its many plastic components and extremely sparse equipment, weighed only 830 kilograms (1830 lb). Regarding the Cayman R, this will go on sale in February 2011, and the price in Germany will be EUR 69,830 inclusive of 19 percent VAT and country-specific equipment items.