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2012 Porsche Cayman R Review

No-Nonsense Sports Coupe

A three-quarter front view of a red 2012 Porsche Cayman R

In short: A light, quick and agile sports coupe.

When it comes to the Porsche Cayman R, less is definitely more. The bare-bones R edition of the sporty two-passenger coupe forgoes standard amenities like air conditioning and stereo, and slims down with carbon-fiber-backed seats and aluminum doors to drop an impressive 121 pounds. In the process, Porsche has also managed to eke out ten more horsepower than the Cayman S, making it quicker, lighter, and overall more fun than previous models.

While cruising around Los Angeles in our bold, red tester, we found the Porsche Cayman R to be a pleasure to drive. Although the suspension is a bit tight, it still works well as a daily driver in the city. However, here's fair warning: you may get frustrated that you can't push the Cayman to its full potential on normal surface streets — this coupe is definitely one you'll want to take to the tracks. While extras add up fast, those who can do without Bi-Xenon lights, navigation, A/C and the Sport Chrono package can have a very fun car at a much more reasonable price.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile limited new vehicle warranty; 12-year limited anti-corrosion warranty; Porsche roadside assistance

Base Price: $66,300 / As Tested: $79,285

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 3.4-liter horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 330 hp @ 7,400 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,855 lbs
Wheelbase: 95.1 in
Length/Width/Height: 171.1/70.9/50.6 in

4-wheel carbon-ceramic ventilated disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: independent MacPherson strunt front and rear with coil springs and stabilizer bars

Traction: Porsche Stability Management; traction control

0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds
Top Speed: 175 mph

EPA City:
19 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

Safety: driver and front passenger airbags; thorax airbags; head airbags

Likes: styling; performance; handling

Dislikes: cabin space; no sunroof available


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