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2012 Porsche Cayman R

2012 Porsche Cayman Review

(0 Stars)  Possibly the best Porsche.

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The Cayman, depending on how you view it, is either a cynical way to make more money off the Porsche Boxster or the best sports car in the world. We tend to lean toward the latter. Yes, Porsche charges nearly $4000 more for the Cayman than it does for the Boxster, and yes, that $52,850 doesn't buy you nearly as much horsepower as you can get in a Chevrolet Corvette or a Nissan 370Z. But the Cayman, which is twice as stiff as the very rigid Boxster, makes up for its spec-sheet shortcomings with unparalleled balance and reflexes. It helps that the roof traps the wail of the boxer engine right behind your ears. The Cayman is not one of those cars that will allow you to pretend you're a great driver, though--it does exactly what you tell it to, for better or for worse. For those who seek more than the base model's 265 hp, there's the 320-hp Cayman S and, new for this year, the 330-hp Cayman S Black Edition. The hottest variant remains the Cayman R, which combines a hopped-up 3.4-liter flat six with a stiffer suspension. Like the Boxster Spyder, it spares no effort in shedding weight. There's no radio or air-conditioning, the door skins are made of aluminum, the battery is a compact lithium-ion unit, and the door pulls are canvas. The replacement for the five-year-old Cayman is not far off and will, we presume, be faster and more efficient (and possibly will offer a four-cylinder engine). For now, though, this is as good as it gets.

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2012 Cayman R Coupe Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.4L horizontally opposed 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 19 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 372 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
16.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 330 hp @ 7,400 rpm; 273 ft lb of torque @ 4,750 rpm

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'12 Porsche R Standard Equipment

Cruise Control
Keyless Entry
Power Locks
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Scope
Steering Wheel Tilt
Trip Computer
Rear Spoiler
Brake Assist
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Fog Lights
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Head/Curtain Airbag
Heated Wiper/Washers
Limited Slip Differential
Passenger Air Bag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Theft Deterrent System
Traction Control
Leather Seats
Sport Suspension
Homelink Universal Transmitter
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