Jeremy Clarkson has long labeled the 911’s little cousin the Cockster! Clarkson has oft argued that both Cayman and Boxster configurations look the same coming and going, and should really be called the Palindrome! Another popular argument has always been that a 911 is basically a squashed Beetle with a body kit, and thus it was designed by Hitler! No matter how you slice it, the engine is in the wrong place in a 911, way out back behind the axle, where it acts like a big pendulum, and does its best to put you up a tree as you exit each corner! In order to offer a bit of variety to this particularly suicidal driving characteristic, the mid engine convertible known as the Boxster was introduced in 1996. Following the rousing success of the little two seat roadster, the Cayman was introduced in 2006, internally designated the 987. The second generation of the platform culminated with the most track focused version of the Cayman to date, the 2012 Cayman R!
Featuring lightweight panels derived from the 911 gt3, lightened wheels, fiberglass and carbon fiber racing buckets, and an overall lightened interior, the Cayman R is 121 pounds lighter than its more road focused sibling, the Cayman S. Add to that a lowered and stiffened suspension based on the gt3 spring rates, a direct fuel injected 3.4 litre boxer 6 engine with a more freeflowing exhaust and updated tune, the Cayman R boasts a 10 horsepower increase over the S. With the PDK dual clutch transmission, and Sport Chrono package equipped like ours, 0-60 times of 4.4 seconds have been recorded!
This was the first real effort by Porsche to allow the Cayman to step out of the shadow of the 911. As the last hurrah of this generation, the Cayman R is the ultimate expression of this small two seater, with its rare Peridot Metallic paint, Porsche script on the rockers, and fixed rear spoiler….theres no mistaking that this Cayman is more than a hairdressers car! And that’s before you turn the key! For the roads here on maui, there are few cars that balance fun and track levels of seriousness as well as our Cayman R! Here at Maui Mini Go, we strive to provide cars that will give the driver a grin and a giggle even before you turn the key, and once behind the wheel we want that grin to be plastered on your face till you hand the keys back! With the newest member of our fleet, I think mission accomplished!