Singapore - Now if sporting a Porsche Cayman S was a rarity here on our sunny island imagine getting to feature the Cayman R - presumably the ultimate variant of the previous generation Porsche midship.
We were in luck as Dynotechnica’s main man, Benny has one such unit and it comes fitted with Bilstein B16 Coilovers!
But first more on the Cayman R’s origins. Introduced back in 2011, the car was based off the 2009 Cayman S.
It featured an OEM aerokit, 19-inch lightweight wheels from the Boxster Spyder, lighter aluminium doors from the 997 911 GT3, lighter fibreglass bucket seats with carbon-fibre backing from the 997 911 GT2 and had its radio, storage compartments, air-conditioning and door handles removed allowing the Cayman R to weight 54.8kg less than the S.
To differentiate it further, the Cayman R also received decals on the doors, instrument cover delete, gloss black painted mirrors, black model designation emblem on the trunk as well as black painted wheels.
Powering the car was a 3.4-litre flat six with direct fuel injection that pumped out 330hp with a 4.7 seconds, with the 7-speed PDK and Sport Chrono package that timing drops to 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 290km/h for the former and 280km/h for the latter.
9tro spoke to Benny about his Porsche Cayman R, Bilstein B16s and learnt a little more about this rare gem!
9tro: How you feel about the Bilstein both on track and on the streets?
Benny: So far this is the best shocks for the job. It’s perfect for daily and track use just by the damping adjustment. I like the quality and the hours spend designing it. It leaves the guesswork out of setting up the car.
9tro: Tell us more about the work that went into restoring the Cayman?
Benny: I installed AP radical 6-pot Brakes, fitted Michelin Pilot Cup2 Tyres, replaced the original suspension with Bilstein B16 PSS9, had it tuned on Dimsport custom tuning, switched to an Akrapovic Exhaust system, paintwork and cabin was completely redone.