The 2010 LA Auto Show will mark the debut of the new Porsche Cayman R, a lighter version of the Cayman. Featuring several improvements over the current top of the range Cayman S, the new Cayman R will be the best performing car in the Cayman range. The most important part Porsche worked on was weight reduction, the company’s engineers managing to drop 55 kg (121 lb), achieved by using lightweight materials for some of the components, one of the examples being the lighter 19 inch wheels which all four weigh less than 40 kg.
The engine was also modified, the 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine now delivering 330 hp (243 kW), which means a 10 hp power increase compared to the Cayman S. Mated to the six-speed manual transmission, the engine takes the Cayman R from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds, the acceleration dropping to 4.9 seconds when the seven-speed PDK automatic gearbox is used, while top speed is 282 km/h (175 mph) with manual and 280 km/h (174 mph) with the PDS gearbox.
After its official debut at the LA Show, the new Porsche Cayman R is scheduled to go on sale in February 2011, at a starting price of 69,830 Euros (taxes included).
Porsche also released a video of their new car and you can watch it after the jump.