The new Porsche Cayman R is like an evil Father Christmas.
The new Porsche Cayman R is like an evil Father Christmas, it gives with one hand and takes with the other. On the plus side this striking coupe's 3.4-litre flat-six produces 330bhp, nine more than its siblings. This reduces the 0-62 dash to 5 seconds in the six- speed manual version, and 4.7 in the seven-speed semi-automatic. These reach 175 and 174mph respectively, which is faster than other Cayman variants and Santa's sledge.To achieve this performance increase the Cayman R has been placed on an after Christmas diet. Therefore, Santa saves weight by pinching the radio, air-conditioning system, and replacing the petrol tank with a smaller 54-litre alternative. The R also has lightweight carbon fibre seating and weight saving interior trim. Its mass is now roughly 1,300kg, a saving of 55kg, which makes it comparable to the Vauxhall Corsa. The new Porsche Cayman R sits twenty millimetres closer to the tarmac than other versions, so its handling is sharper than an Oscar Wild retort. This is helped by the monstrous 19” wheels that have a large gripping footprint, and were first bolted to the Porsche Boxter Spyder. These too have been living on starvation rations, and now each weigh 1.25kg less than standard Cayman alloys. The new Porsche Cayman R is clearly a no-compromise stripped out racer. This is evident, even at a casual glance, by the prominent 'PORSCHE' side stripes and the fixed rear spoiler that screams 'look at me'. This machine is for enthusiastic motorists who demand the ultimate driving experience, and damn the luxuries. After all, who needs a radio when you can listen to 330 horses stampeding under the bonnet.