2012 porsche cayman r




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  • Porsche claims that the brand-spankin'-new Cayman R isn't called the RS because of the famed sports car maker's budget. See, a proper.

    Read the review and see photos of the Porsche Cayman R at Car and Driver.

    About logo. The Porsche logo is a coat of arms that shows: a riding horse and a deer antler, framed by red stripes. The emblem is dedicated to the home city of the concern - Studgart. Strips and horns are symbols of the city, and the stallion is depicted in connection with the fact that originally in place of the city, in the year 950 there was a horse farm, around which a whole city was gradually built.

    The Porsche Cayman R bellows, gallops and hustles like a road-legal race car, but never overawes or intimidates. A remarkable car.

    2012 porsche cayman r

    2012 porsche cayman r

    It came up empty as I pulled to the side of the street, hoping the thought that had popped into my head was wrong. Instead of a trick spoiler that automatically rises at speed, the Cayman R's downforce generator is fixed to the back of the car. For while that extra outlay adds another 10bhp and loses 54kg, so must you pay extra for the air-conditioning and radio that are standard in the S. Although the LCD is smallish, the maps show in good resolution and include traffic data.

    2012 porsche cayman r

    2012 porsche cayman r

    2012 porsche cayman r

    2012 porsche cayman r

    2012 porsche cayman r

    It was not because of the prospect of running hard for the first time in the most performance-oriented, factory-built Cayman to date. It's a quick car but far from a frightening one. The air was blowing full-bore inside the RS-like, Alcantara-trimmed cockpit, but still, with one and a half eyes on the road, my right index finger hunted around desperately trying to locate a button that would provide relief.

    It came up empty as I pulled to the side of the street, hoping the thought that had popped into my head was wrong. But I knew it wasn't, and the window sticker I fished from the glovebox confirmed my thought, in black and white on the car's list of options: Seventy-five degrees, no problem. But the on-board ambient temperature function displayed 95, and I have zero doubt about its accuracy, let alone the humidity that accompanied the reading.

    2012 porsche cayman r

    Driving was like forging a weapon on an anvil deep inside a foundry, with no cool air on the horizon for days. I pedaled onward with windows lowered, and you do not require race-driver sensitivity to feel the improvements Porsche delivers to the Cayman with the R package. After driving loads of miles in the Boxster Spyder--the Cayman R's roadster sibling--last summer, I expected a similarly hard ride from the nonadjustable sport suspension.

    So I was surprised to find myself thinking that the Cayman R rides more comfortably than what I recall as a borderline brutal experience in the Spyder. On top of that, I drove the Spyder on California's nice roads and the R on Detroit's asphalt cheese graters, yet the impression of a better ride remains.

    2012 porsche cayman r

    A quick check with Porsche's North American office returned a reply that said no, I did not imagine this, and that there is a difference between the two.

    My source is checking for specifics on the settings and the whys but confirmed my suspicion that the Spyder's lack of a fixed roof mandates perhaps additional bracing and a setup that also leads to such a harsh experience. Oh, the R is still an incredibly stiff car, and it is not for the high-profile set that uses their Cayman mostly for cruising town on a Friday night.

    It holds the road with even more of Porsche's standard grip and precision, and with more negative front camber, it feels pointy and extremely communicative in your hands. The engine, tuned lightly to deliver 10 hp more than it does in the Cayman S, makes great noises, especially with the throttle set to sport-plus and the sport exhaust activated, both via buttons on the center stack. I was impressed with just how much of a difference there is with the exhaust flaps switched open; the sound goes from classic Porsche mechanical noise to a deep and loud bark.

    2012 porsche cayman r

    The R's throttle response is so good, the chassis so capable and the exhaust note so amusing that, in a rational state, I find it hard to argue that I would ever need any more performance than this for even the most spirited of street driving. I know many of our readers couldn't understand the relative lack of love for the Audi R8 Spyder featured recently in Drivers Log, but this Porsche puts it in perfect perspective.

    For half the money, I find it substantially more fun and exciting to drive; maximum horsepower is not always what it's about. Given a choice between a car that produces impressive numbers but feels somewhat sterile versus a car that, regardless of numbers, provides a more involving experience? It's not even a choice for me, it's an absolute. Personally, I would have even more fun in a Cayman R equipped with a six-speed manual transmission rather than the paddle-shifted Porsche dual-clutch this test car arrived with.

    2012 Porsche Cayman R - First Test



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