A $66,300 Bargain: Porsche’s Cayman R

November 24th, 2010

2011 Porsche Cayman R

Never mind the fact that we’re running out of room and good roads to drive such cars. There are still those of us who love midengine, state-of-the-art sports cars, even if they spend too much time in the garage and cost too much.

Porsche knows its market and slipped a new Cayman R onto the stand at the LA Auto Show last week. This car represents what Porsche has always been best at—tweaking existing designs to get the last ounce of performance. And, unlike the recent bloated Speedster, it looks like a Porsche should look.

To be available in the U.S. in February, the Cayman R is lighter (by 121 pounds), more powerful (now 330 hp), and faster (0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds with the PDK transmission) than its standard brother, the S (which itself doesn’t do too badly). Press release and full details are here.

Cayman interiorSo why is it a bargain? As TopGear put it, its cost will be more than $23,000 (£15,000 in the U.K.) less than the base 911, “a car it will trample over in a most unceremonious fashion.” It’s really a car for the track, but don’t tell that to the Boxster Spyder buyers, whom you can also trample.

Here are some interesting “Confessions of a Cayman Convert.”

At this price, there just is no real competition. The Nissan 370Z will go as fast (for a lot less money, around $35,000), but hasn’t got anything like the Porsche’s handling. Of the cars our noble tgriffith reviewed here, the only one that’s close is the Boxster Spyder!

The Porsche package is simply inimitable, and the company has outdone itself this time. Now what they need to do is give us a stripped-down Boxster and price it in the mid-$40K range.

Porsche keeps refining its cars to make them better. Are they worth the money, in your opinion?

—jgoods

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  1. | #1

    Porsche knows their market fairly well and are no dummies when it comes to configuring “special edition” Porsches. My guess is that most of these will be ordered with all the weight put back in at the expense of performance and serious option $$$$

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