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Porsche Unveils the 2012 Cayman R

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On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Unveils the 2012 Cayman R

Porsche told us a new mid-engined sports car was coming and now it's here: the 2012 Cayman R. Porsche's new mid-engine is a lighter, more powerful, more performance oriented version of the Cayman coupe. Unfortunately for LA showgoers and those watching from a distance, Porsche decided to debut the car in what we can only describe as sickly-turd green.

While rumors had us expecting a hardcore Cayman, they had us expecting something called the Cayman Club Sport. Instead, it's the Cayman R. No matter, though, the end game is the same: Porsche cuts weight, boosts power and adds performance above and beyond the Cayman S.

Porsche tinkered a little on the 3.4-liter V6 engine of the Cayman S to pull an extra 10 horses out of the powerplant (325 hp after all is told).

Like Lamborghini did for its LA debut, Porsche focused on cutting weight through carbon fiber. In fact, it even focused on some of the same places that Lamborghini did, like carbon fiber seats. Porsche was able to cut 121 lbs. off the Cayman S' curb weight. Unlike Lambo, though, Porsche had to pull out some luxuries like AC and stereo in order to meet its weight cut. Drivers looking for pure performance should be able to forego music and air conditioning in favor of the sound and feel of the air blowing through the open window.

Off the showroom floor and out on the street, the Cayman R cuts .2 seconds off the Cayman S' acceleration to 62 mph time down to a flat 5 seconds. It also adds 3 mph of overall speed, up to 175 mph. Drivers that opt for the PDK trannsmission will see the acceleration drop down to 4.7 seconds to 62 mph, with a slight loss in top-end (174 mph).

Other upgrades include lowered suspension; fixed, contrast-colored rear spoiler; black-framed halogen headlights; contrasting side mirrors and Porsche side stripe decals. That metal paint is called Peridot (we like our name better) and luckily for the world will only be offered on the Cayman R.

The Cayman R comes to market next February with a price of $66,300.

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