The Cayman R was basically the same recipe as some of the special edition Boxsters, like the RS60 and especially the Spyder. Basically; the company lopped a few pounds (just over 100) off, added 10 horsepower to 330, some really cool wheels, stiffer and lower suspension, and slightly improved aerodynamics thanks to a raised rear spoiler. It was not the all-out track weapon that the GT4 is intended to be, but it was a notable improvement on the standard car. And while these were far from cheap when new (with a nearly $70,000 sticker price quickly augmented by options), the limited production and nature of anything from Porsche with an ‘R’ on it meant that collectors saw these coming as soon as they hit showrooms, and they’re not really any cheaper today…in fact, quite the opposite. Let’s take a look at this Peridot Metallic example:
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While the Porsche 986 Boxster might have been the car that saved Porsche with its massive popularity, the 987-derived Cayman was what made the mid-engine design popular with track enthusiasts. Especially in more potent “S” form, the Cayman is a giant killer with sublime vehicle dynamics and plenty of punch even without a turbo. The 987 refresh in 2005 fixed many of the perceived visual faults of the 986 Boxster design with a slant towards a more aggressive look. The Coupe added a smooth, flowing hatchback line to the 997-inspired exterior, creating a lightweight, 7/8ths scale mid-engine 911. That it was less expensive than the traditional flat-6 lineup didn’t hurt, either. It was, and remains, a hit.
Despite that, it’s not a car that we feature often here. I’m not sure why, because the Cayman S is really one of the more affordable ways to get into a newer Porsche coupe. On the downside, that means that it’s not usual to find modified examples, and today’s car falls into that category. However, despite the mods I think it’s worth a look for a few reasons – probably the most notable of which is the color combination.
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It’s always interesting to see a somewhat unusual build on any car and I think this one qualifies. This is a paint-to-sample Speed Yellow 2012 Porsche Cayman R. That it’s one of the few PTS Cayman R produced in itself makes this a pretty unique and desirable car. This one takes color to another level by adding a set of Guards Red painted wheels. Contrasting red and yellow in such a way certainly isn’t the typical setup and most won’t find it that desirable, but if we think of the Cayman R as a track car, which we probably should, the colors work just fine. They’re bold and bright and attention grabbing, just the sort of thing that any track car needs. I don’t know what sort of track use this Cayman may have seen, nor whether that was the intention of the original owner when choosing these colors, but it at least provides a possible reason for how this came together. I kinda like it!
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I really don’t feature the Porsche Cayman often enough. It’s not that I don’t like them, I like them a lot. I think they just…1 Comment