2012 Porsche Cayman R Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Porsche Cayman - Road Test Specs


Year Make Model2012 Porsche Cayman R 2dr Coupe (3.4L 6cyl 7AMT)
Vehicle TypeRWD 2dr 2-passenger Coupe
Base MSRP$67,250
Options on test vehiclePorsche Doppelkupplung ($3,660 -- includes PDK seven-speed automated manual transmission with paddle shifters); Sports Exhaust System ($2,810); Bi-Xenon Cornering Lights ($1,560); Sport Chrono Package ($1,480 -- Sport Plus includes Launch Control and quicker shifting); Sound Package Plus With Storage ($700); Automatically Dimming Mirrors ($690); CDR-30 Audio System ($0); Floor Mats ($0); Cupholders ($0).
As-tested MSRP$78,150
Assembly locationUusikaupunki, Finland
North American parts content (%)3


ConfigurationLongitudinal, midengine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected flat-6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,436/210
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)12.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)7,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)330 @ 7,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)273 @ 4,750
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSeven-speed automated manual with console lever and steering wheel paddle shifters
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 3.91; II = 2.29; III = 1.65; IV = 1.30; V = 1.08; VI = 0.88; VII = 0.62; R = 3.55
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.25
Differential(s)Mechanical limited-slip


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.1-13.8 variable
Tire make and modelBridgestone Potenza RE050A
Tire typePerformance front and rear
Tire size, front235/35ZR19 (87Y)
Tire size, rear265/35ZR19 (94Y)
Wheel size, front19-by-8.5 inches
Wheel size, rear19-by-10 inches
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front12.5-inch ventilated cross-drilled discs with four-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear11.8-inch ventilated cross-drilled discs with four-piston fixed calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.7
0-45 mph (sec.)2.7
0-60 mph (sec.)4.3
0-75 mph (sec.)6.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.5 @ 110.2
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.0
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.9
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.9
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)13.0 @ 108.7
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)105
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)71.3
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON70.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.97
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.96
Sound level @ idle (dB)53.5
@ Full throttle (dB)87.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.0
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNot exactly slow with PSM/ESC on. But things get hopping once PSM is off and Sport Plus mode is on. Then if you quickly stab the throttle, with your left foot on the brake, it goes into a 6,800-rpm Launch Control mode. This gives a perfect amount of wheelspin. PDK upshifts super quick in Sport Plus mode. Always upshifts for itself at redline, even in manual mode, under full throttle. Will hold gears in Manual mode when not at full throttle. Manual shifting via steering wheel paddles or console lever (pull lever back for downshifts -- wrong, Porsche!). Blips throttle on downshifts.
Braking commentsDownright awesome braking abilities. Pedal is firm, pedal stroke short. Hardly any nosedive. Little ABS commotion, but the Cayman R would wiggle just slightly to the left on most stops. Fifth out of six stops was the shortest. No fade.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Front end feels very light around the skid pad. Midengine layout gives driver a great view of the front of the car to help keep the Cayman right on the arc. Chassis is responsive to drop throttle in order to squelch understeer. PSM/ESC is hardly intrusive at all, only cutting throttle slightly when switched on. Slalom: Incredibly direct steering with near-perfect quickness. Very composed, terrific suspension tuning. Power-on oversteer at last cone is easy to control. Slight understeer throughout slalom, part of what makes the Cayman so predictable. Time was 1 mph slower than the Boxster Spyder, probably due to that car's 140-pound weight advantage. Cayman R could use better tires, such as the Michelin Pilot Sports as on previous Caymans we've tested. Well-calibrated ESC system.

Testing Conditions

Test date7/26/2011
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)80.2
Relative humidity (%)32.0
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.7
Wind (mph, direction)2.19, headwind
Odometer (mi.)2,913
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)31/31

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 city/29 highway/23 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.6 best/15.7 worst/16.5 average (over 775 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.3
Driving range (mi.)414.7

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/CD/MP3 CDR-30 audio system with 5-inch monochrome screen.
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard generic Aux jack
Satellite radioOptional XM
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional
Navigation systemOptional with 6.5-inch touchscreen
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartNot available
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar rear
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,976
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,048
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)45/55
Length (in.)171.1
Width (in.)70.9
Height (in.)50.6
Wheelbase (in.)95.1
Track, front (in.)58.7
Track, rear (in.)60.2
Turning circle (ft.)36.4
Legroom, front (in.)33.5
Headroom, front (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)51.5
Seating capacity2
Step-in height, measured (in.)13.4
Trunk volume (cu-ft)14.5 (combined)
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)29.1
GVWR (lbs.)3,627
Ground clearance (in.)4.3


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available

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