LA 2010: Porsche Cayman R

2010 LA Auto Show

If you thought last year's Boxster Spyder rocked the boat, then be ready for the new Cayman R. Porsche has debuted what is most likely the finest edition of the current generation Cayman at LA. Let the drooling begin...now. Applying the winning formula from the Boxster Spyder, Porsche engineers have eliminated unnecessary weight from the car, such as air conditioning, an audio system, and those ever pesky door handles, which are once again replaced with door pulls.

Other weight saving techniques were used such as the use of carbon fiber bucket seats and the lightest 19-inch wheels Porsche had on hand. It also receives a smaller fuel tank and an optional lithium-ion lightweight construction battery, as seen on the 911 GT3/GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder. All together, Porsche engineers have cut 121 lbs over the Cayman S, bringing weight to a total of only 2,855 lbs. It has a top speed of 175 mph with a six-speed manual and 174 mph with the PDK. It'll hit 62 mph in 5 seconds, but it'll drop to 4.9 seconds if one can forgo tradition and opt for the PDK.

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And if you must go faster, Porsche will also offer the Sport Chrono package, which takes it to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. The exterior receives an aero kit, rear wing, a front lip spoiler, and special graphics. The Cayman R will hit dealerships in February with a base price of $66,300.

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