- 2012 Porsche Cayman R Test Drive & Car Review

The 2012 Porsche Cayman R was one of the most-anticipated cars to ever come through the Roadfly office. The car’s stats are simply stunning: 0-60mph in 4.7 sec. 330hp @ 7500rpm, 2855 lb. Even the door handles have been replaced with nylon tabs to reduce weight.

The results are predictable. The Cayman R is virtually telepathic, to the point that it nearly bores you. It’s so free of vice that you start to feel that it’s just like a normal, civilized car, with a tad more immediacy…and you wonder what the big deal is. Only when you go back to your daily driver do you realize how responsive the Cayman actually is.

It’s a nearly perfect machine. It makes few compromises that interfere with spirited driving, but still manages to be completely docile, tractable, and even practical with its two trunks and stellar reliability. It also gets great fuel mileage, at 19 city and 27 highway when equipped with the 6-speed manual.

Ever gone to a movie that didn’t blow you away at first, but weeks later you’re still thinking about it and can’t get it out of your head? That’s what my days with the Cayman R left me with. This car is definitely on my ‘short list’ of cars I want to own before I die. It’s slightly expensive with a starting MSRP of $66,300, but given how well-built Porsches are in general and how good their resale values are, the price is fair in my opinion.

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Host: Ross Rapoport

Vehicle: 2012 Porsche Cayman R
Base Price: $66,300
Price as tested: $73,280
Engine: 3.4L Horizontally opposed 6 cylinder
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Horsepower: 330 @ 7,400 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft. @ 4,750 rpm
0-60 MPH: 4.7 sec.
Curb Weight: 2,855 lb.
Warranty: 4 years, 50,000 miles (vehicle)
Fuel Economy: 19 city / 27 highway MPG –
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25 responses to “ – 2012 Porsche Cayman R Test Drive & Car Review”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I really like this car! I think I’ll start saving my pennies now….

  2. Anonymous says:

    he is cute!

  3. Anonymous says:

    roll down the windows, and in that thing, yeah you’ll be cooled down enough 😀

  4. Anonymous says:

    it is a bargain when youre looking for a mid-engined car. yes, theres the boxster. but at least here in germany, you get laughed at when you drive one of those

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s a purists car. You pay more because it is exclusive and unique. You don’t hop into a cayman R and debate whether you should use the AC or not. You hop in and drive.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Much better option than it’s rival the lotus exige.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Best mid engine everyday sportscar IMO. Much more comfortable than it’s rival the lotus exige

  8. Anonymous says:

    How tall is that guy? I have never seen a cayman look so big as when he stands next to it,

  9. Anonymous says:

    this isn’t a review, this is a sales job.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Air con is a no cost option and if you don’t want straps instead of a door handle get a cayman s.

  11. Anonymous says:

    had to subscribe, great presenter

  12. Anonymous says:

    air conditioning is a must have, i can do without radio and possibly cupholders but AC?

  13. Anonymous says:

    There is an in depth review of the ’12 Cayman R here:
    definitiveautoreview . com/road-tests/12-porsche-cayman-r/

  14. Anonymous says:

    yup of course

  15. Anonymous says:

    Good to know the multiple bodies can be stored in the caymen.

  16. Anonymous says:

    god i love that “pop” sound when u lift your foot off the gas paddle

  17. Anonymous says:

    i type it before watching

  18. Anonymous says:

    can u get it manual

  19. Anonymous says:

    $73k for no AC and straps as door openers?  Porsche, my hat goes off to your marketing department.

  20. Anonymous says:

    you are wrong there is a 2012. Limited production specialty car.

  21. Anonymous says:

    there is no 2012 model. i belive the cayman r was released in 2010. stop fishing for views.

  22. Anonymous says:

    NO A-C? O_o…well fuck that…

  23. Anonymous says:

    Relax, jesus! Turn off capslock and enjoy the video already…

  24. Anonymous says:


  25. Anonymous says:

    OMG YA go tell the internet police! Better yet, let me turn myself in! I replied to someone on youtube, oh god im such a criminal!

    Are you seriously trolling, or are you just that incredibly stupid?

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