Enthusiasts love the Porsche Cayman and so in response to demand the German sports car maker has rolled out a new higher-performance version of its incredibly well-balanced mid-engined coupe at the LA Auto Show today. Named the Cayman R, it gets an additional 10-hp from the 3.4-liter flat-six engine for a total of 330-hp, while shedding a total of 121-lbs.
The more potent engine comes mated to either a six-speed manual or a Porsche 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. With the stick shift Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds, which drops to 4.4 seconds with the PDK transmission and Sport Chrono package.
To achieve an ultra-light 2,855 lb dry weight (no curb weight numbers have been released), Porsche cut out much of the typical convenience items and used lightweight materials throughout. Notable are the light weight racing-style seats, 19-inch forged wheels and door pulls instead of handles. Those who want to take their Cayman R even further can opt for a smaller and lighter lithium-ion battery.
Handling for the Cayman R has also been improved thanks to a 20mm lower suspension, while outside the car is recognizable thanks to a special rear spoiler, front lip, black details and the PORSCHE lettering along the side which can be ordered in black or silver depending on the color choice.
Porsche has priced the Cayman R at $66,300 a roughly $4,000 premium over the Cayman S.
GALLERY: Porsche Cayman R Debut in LA
See video of the Cayman R from the LA Auto Show after the jump:
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