The Cayman R is soft on low-end torque, but with Launch Control engaged it's a rocketship at the drag strip. PDK dual-clutch gearbox shifts very quickly, can be run in Manual or Drive, blips throttle on downshifts. We averaged 16.5 mpg.
The Cayman R defines direct steering. Very good weighting, too. Extremely high limits, but has a forgiving handling nature. Phenomenal braking numbers at track, but the pedal wasn't quite as firm out on the road at less than full pressure.
Springs/dampers are stiffer than a Cayman S. So it's firm. It does a pretty good job of soaking up bumps at speed on back roads, but the ride can be choppy and harsh when cruising on the highway. Super-supportive seats are also comfy.
This is a proper sports car, so between the constant hum from the summer performance tires and the optional sport exhaust system, the Cayman R isn't exactly quiet. Wind noise, though, is impressively kept at bay.
Midengine layout gives ideal driving position. Large tachometer is front and center. Analog speedometer difficult to read, but there's also a digital display. Buttons labeled oddly, and poor window switch placement on upper door panel.
The view out the front and sides is quite good, with narrow A-pillars and tall side windows. Midengine coupe roofline makes passenger side rear 3/4 view a true blindspot. Large rear window, but there's no back-up camera or parking sonar.
Seat Access & Space
The lightweight carbon-fiber seats hold you firm during cornering. They're also pretty comfortable, despite the fixed seatback design, but the huge bolsters make ingress/egress a gymnastics event. Bubblelike roof gives lots of headroom.
Cargo & Storage
Interior storage is pathetic, especially the front bin below the center stack which can barely fit a wallet, and the tiny armrest bin. The two trunks provide a surprising amount of volume, considering this is a midengine sports car.
It's true that some of the Cayman R's interior trim pieces could be of a higher quality feel. But you gotta love the quality metallic sound when you close the trunks and doors. Overall, a solidly built car.