DRIVEN: PORSCHE CAYMAN R
We know the Cayman R's good, but does it make sense?
Well there's absolutely no doubt that the Cayman R is a pretty fabulous piece of kit, and the weight-saving tricks (RS door pull straps, no cup holders, no door pockets, a 10-litre smaller fuel tank) combined with the pleasantly lairy paint and graphics add a good dollop of hardcore appeal to the car. The question is whether it goes far enough
Yes, the ride is firmer, and the car feels marginally more eager, agile and keen to please out on the road. But it's no hardcore track weapon - it's still an eminently usable everyday car, despite the occasional difficulty you might have in dropping into the gorgeously grippy fixed-back bucket seats (they save a total of 12kg, don'tcha know...).
In fact, if you did buy this car you would quite conceivably do so as an everyday purchase. And if you did that, you would most probably be tempted to tick the boxes marked 'air-con' and 'stereo'. Which would leave you with a car that's more Cayman S-plus than Cayman R.
And if there was no Cayman S, then the R's existence would make absolute sense. Indeed, it's still a brilliant car, both on track and off it (as our Adam Towler described when he drove the Cayman R in Abroadland back in February). But if you want to use a Cayman on the road, you'd probably be better off with an S, and if you want a £50k (ish) track toy with the Shield of Stuttgart on it, then why not point your hard-earned in the direction of, say, a 996 GT3 such as this one?