Porsche Cayman alternatives
Latest model: Porsche Cayman R 2011
The Porsche alphabet reserves the letter R for very special sports cars: R for responsive and refined - but most especially for racy. The new Porsche Cayman R features all these attributes without compromise. The mid-engine Coupé is lighter and more comprehensive than the Porsche Cayman S and therefore quicker and more efficient, and is developed purely for driving dynamics. With its specially adapted sports chassis, it offers an even more precise driving experience than the Porsche Cayman S.
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The main objective during the layout of the Porsche Cayman R was to enhance the two-seater even further in its performance, driving dynamics and agility via consistent weight reduction. Overall, the car weight of the Porsche Cayman R was reduced by 55 kilograms to a DIN empty weight of 1295 kilograms compared with the Porsche Cayman S. This means that the Porsche developers were able to reduce the power-to-weight ratio of the Coupé with traditional manual transmission to 3. 9 kilograms per horsepower, and the PDK version has 4. 0kilograms per horsepower.
The largest savings were achieved via the use of lightweight elements and doing without comfort fittings. i.e., the series version is not fitted with an climate control system or radio, which results in 15 kilograms less car weight. On the bodywork side, a further 15 kilograms was saved via the use of aluminium doors as used in the 911 Turbo. Light sports bucket seatings do not just enhance the driver's side support in bends, but they also contribute to a further weight reduction with a saving of around 12 kilograms compared with the traditional seatings used in the Porsche Cayman S. The reduced door trim without cargo compartment and with door opening strap, dispensing with the instrument cluster cover and the cupholder additionally to a wide range of minor measures round off the lightweight suite. As for the 911 GT3/GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder, an auxillary lithium-ion lightweight construction battery is also available. additionally, the top model in the mid-engine Coupé is equipped with the lightest 19 inch wheels the entire Porsche program can provide. The 10 spokes are so finely developed - but still extremely reliable - that the full rim set only weighs 40 kilograms.
The Porsche Cayman R's purpose and purist character can be seen at first glance. The extended silhouette of the bodywork, which has been lowered by 20 millimetres compared to the Porsche Cayman S, combined with the distinctive fixed back spoiler, the luxury silver-painted wheels and numerous sporting emphases in both the dashboard and look ensures an individual look. The look mirrors together with the PORSCHE lettering on the side, the lateral air intakes and the back spoiler top section - in contrasting black or silver, depending on external colour -, additionally to the black-framed headlights take layout cues from the classical Porsche racing vehicles.