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2012 Porsche Cayman R Review

Saturday March 10th, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

Pros: Ultra sharp handling, Future collectibility
Cons: A/C pricey optional extra

Porsche has been building category killing cars for 62 years. Back in the 50s and early 60s, the 356 topped the sports car world. Since 1964, the 911 has been the sports car of choice for wealthy enthusiasts. But Porsche has always offered less expensive alternatives to the 911 such as the 912 in the 60s, 914 in the 70s, 944 and 968 in the 80s and 90s, Boxster since 1997, and Cayman since 2008. A coupe variant of the mid-engine Boxster, the Cayman came to market in 2 versions: a 3.4 liter base model, which produced 265hp, and the Cayman S, with a 3.8 liter motor good for 320hp. Now Porsche has introduced its latest category killer, the Cayman R, which makes 330hp, and thanks to an intensive weight reduction program, saves 121 lbs, compared to the Cayman S. In addition, Porsche lowered the chassis of the Cayman R by 0.79 inches compared to the ride height of the Cayman S.

These subtle “R” model changes have transformed the Cayman into the most responsive Porsche you can buy today. Its handling is simply telepathic. Point this chassis where you think you want to go, and the Cayman’s already been there. The exceptional road holding is due to the coupe’s enormous tire footprint. Instead of Cayman S alloy rims measuring 8×18” front and 9×18” rear, the Cayman R sports Porsche’s lightest-ever production road wheel measuring 8.5×19” front and 10×19” rear. These effervescent looking rims were first seen on the RS Spyder LeMans racer. Painted a stunning gloss black on our test car (for an extra $1,815), the forged rims plant Bridgestone’s stickiest RE 050A rubber on the road (235/35ZR19 front, 265/35ZR19 rear). The combination of reduced ride height and enhanced tire patch elevate handling of the Cayman R into celestial territory.

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Porsche World Roadshow USA Offers Enthusiasts a True Test Drive

Saturday May 21st, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Posted by: AKramer

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For many new car buyers, heading over to the local dealership for a test drive is part of the shopping routine. Unfortunately, going for a 10 min. spin around the block with an over-eager sales-person sitting shotgun doesn’t really help in evaluating a car, especially if it’s a high-performance vehicle.

Recognizing this flaw, Porsche has decided to hit the road this year and make its world-class cars available to the public, and allow for much more than just a brief test drive. The Porsche World Roadshow program will be stopping at 6 US cities this summer, offering extended test drives and a performance driving experience that allows prospective buyers to put select models to the test.

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L.A. AUTO SHOW: 2010 Mazda 3, Honda Insight, Touareg TDI, Seinfeld at Boxster/Cayman release and Germans love the word "efficient".

Wednesday November 19th, 2008 at 5:1111 PM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

Here’s the straight poop on what’s happening at the Los Angeles Auto Show…

2010 Mazda MAZDA3

Since its release nearly five years ago, the MAZDA3 has become a global best-seller due to its incredible balance of sportiness, practicality, fuel efficiency and affordability. In fact, one in every three cars Mazda sells worldwide is a MAZDA3. With the 2010 MAZDA3, Mazda yet again expects to raise the standard of what “economy” cars can deliver with more refined ride quality, a more luxurious-yet-sporty interior, attractive exterior styling resembling the RX-8, improved luggage space and new safety features. In addition, the MAZDA3 will offer new features like dual zone climate control, 8-way power seats, push button start and Bluetooth phone and audio; items not normally optioned in an economy car. The 2010 MAZDA3 will carry over the first-gen 2.0L four-cylinder, but will offer a new 2.5L with the company’s innovative new Start Stop technology that should put out between 175-185 horsepower and deliver up to 33 mpg.

Click the link for video of the new 2010 MAZDA3 sedan

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