2012 Porsche Cayman R: First Look

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  • Competes with: Audi TTS, Infiniti G37 IPL 
  • Looks like: Lighter, faster, more desireable 
  • Drivetrain: 330-hp, 3.4-liter six-cylinder, six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK automatic transmission 
  • Hits dealerships: December 2010 

We recently tested Porsche’s lightened Boxster Spyder and raved about pretty much everything save the awkward top. Just like when the original Cayman was released, the Cayman R solves the convertible dilemma.

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The Cayman R bumps horsepower over the Cayman S, just like the Boxster Spyder, losing 121 pounds via racecar-style seats, straps instead of door handles and lighter materials.

The show car’s lime green paint job and the black spoiler and side mirrors really make the Cayman R stand out. The surprising livability of the Boxster Spyder makes this Cayman more palatable. Porsche’s claims of a 5.0-second zero-to-60 mph time with the manual and 4.9 seconds with the PDK – top speed is an unadvisable 175 mph – help matters.

It will arrive at dealers next month, just in time for the holidays. So if Santa can pony up $66,300, this little beauty can be gift-bow-adorned and in the driveway.

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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