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Cayman R introduced

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PETALING JAYA: The Porsche Cayman R, a lighter and more powerful beast than the Cayman S, is now available in Malaysia.

Weight loss was a key obsession at Porsche as it saw this as the way to improve the two-seater even further in its performance, driving dynamics and agility.

The car’s weight was reduced overall by 55kg to 1,295kg compared with the S.

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This means that the Porsche engineers were able to reduce the power-to-weight ratio  of  the  CoupĂ©  with  standard  manual  transmission  to  3.9  kilograms  per horsepower, and the Porsche double-clutch transmission (PDK) has 4.0 kilograms per horsepower.

The  largest  savings  were  achieved  through  the  use  of  lightweight  components and  doing  without  convenience  fittings. 

On the bodywork side, 15kg was saved through the use of aluminium doors as used in the 911 Turbo.

Light sports bucket seats do not just improve the driver’s side support in bends, but they also contribute
to  a  further  weight  reduction  with  a  saving  of  around  12kg compared with  the  conventional  seats  used  in  the  S. 

The  reduced  door  trim without  storage  compartment  and  with  door  opening  strap,  dispensing  with  the instrument cluster cover and the cupholder in addition to a wide range of minor measures round off the light – weight package.

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Open the door by pulling on the red strap.

It also comes with the lightest 19-inch wheels that Porsche could produce. The 10 spokes are so finely  designed  – but  still  extremely  robust – that the complete rim  set  only weighs 40kg.

In Europe, the  series  version  can be ordered without air conditioning or radio, which results in a further 15kg less in weight. But such features are standard equipment in Malaysia for obvious reasons.

The suspension has been lowered by 20mm all around and its chassis has received tweaks to make the coupe more responsive and agile. A limited slip differential is standard on the R but optional on the S.

The RM630,000  R gets 10 more horses than the S. The main reason for the increased power is the changed exhaust system with its new head pipe and a modifed engine control.

Just as for engines made for motor racing,  the  R  3.4-litre direct-injection six-cylinder boxer engine has  been  built  to  the  high-revving  concept and produces its maximum power of 330hp at 7400 rpm, 100 rpm before its rotational-speed limit. This enables the driver to use the gear ratios of the manual transmission or PDK even better and to decrease the lap times.

Peak torque of 370Nm is attained at 4,750 rpm with top speed at 282kph and a 0-100kph time of 4.9s.

To match this, the accelerator  pedal  control  characteristic  curve  has  been  designed  with  the emphasis  on  sport,  so  that  the  Cayman  R  reacts  much more  spontaneously  and powerfully  to  the  driver’s  commands  in  concert with  the PDK.

The R comes with Sport Chrono Package for Malaysia. The sport button in the centre console is used to activate the sport mode for both the engine and Porsche Stability Management (PSM).

In the PDK-equipped R, the  double-clutch  transmission  is modified for  especially  rapid  gear  shifting, resulting in an uncompromisingly sporty shift  program for the best in driving performance on the circuit.

Fuel consumption is rated at 9.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

Note that the car is optimised for use with Premium Plus fuel (RON98).

Porsche distributor Sime Darby Auto Performance estimates there would be a loss of 5hp as a result of using RON97, which is the highest grade available locally.

It is confident that Malaysian customers will go for the PDK that it is only offering the six-speed manual transmission as an option.

Elsewhere, there remains a wide scope for personalisation. Almost  all  the  options  in  the  Cayman  programme  are  also  available  for  the  R-type, and these range from climate control through a complete leather interior right  up  to  Bi-Xenon  headlights  with  dynamic  cornering  lights  and  LED  daytime driving lights.

Of the 20-25 units of the R targeted for sale this year, eight units have already been spoken for.

The rollout of the R on Monday was held at the Sepang International Circuit in conjunction with the Porsche Driving Experience that is under way from June 12-15.

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