Considered a ‘baby 911’, the Boxster-derived Porsche Cayman launched in 2006 as a mid-engined coupe. Without enjoying the vast assortment of models such as the Porsche 911 line-up, the Cayman still provided intrigue with the Cayman S model. At the past Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche added some variety to the model range by taking the covers off the high-flying Cayman R model for 2011. Deciding not to end the party for Cayman fans, Porsche officially brings black to their entire two-door sports car line-up. As the 911 and Boxster enchanted us with the mystery of the Black Edition, Porsche’s entry-level Cayman S coupe receives special treatment.
Shimmering with the same solid black paint coating as its sister, the Porsche Cayman S Black Edition marvelously portrays the European sports car at the peak of attraction. Maintaining the Cayman S Black Edition’s exterior, Boxster Spyder 19-inch wheels are also painted dark. Auto-dimming mirrors, bi-xenon headlamps, and special twin exhaust tailpipes are found in each 2012 model of the Porsche Cayman S Black Edition.
The interior of the Porsche Cayman S Black Edition continues to spark the spirit of this special car. The all-black, two-seat cabin employs metallic surfaces, including stainless steel and aluminum throughout the Cayman S. Much of the dashboard trim work is already made available through the Porsche Cayman’s Design Package. The Black Edition also borrows convenience and entertainment items found on the Cayman’s optional Infotainment Package, including the Porsche Communication Management system access through a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Bose Surround Sound system, navigation, and XM satellite radio are loaded inside the Porsche Cayman S Black Edition.
Performance from the Porsche 3.4 liter flat-6 engine receives a minor perk-up over the Cayman S edition. Adding 10 horsepower, the Porsche Cayman S Black Edition is propelled through the results of mechanically created 330 horses. To obtain the most desirable acceleration, the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is an option. Providing acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 4.6 seconds when the Cayman S Black Edition is equipped with the Sport Chrono Package, the PDK allows the Porsche to achieve above 20 miles per gallon in average fuel economy. The 2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition’s fuel mileage is rated at 20 miles per gallon city and 29 miles per gallon highway.
Unlike the Black Edition of the Porsche 911, the Porsche Cayman S variant offers a transmission option. For sports car purists, a 6-speed manual gearbox offers a reasonably low-tech operation allowing driver and machine to be married in the art of performance movement. Giving up fuel economy over the more precise PDK transmission (losing 1 city and 3 highway miles per gallon), the six-speed manual-equipped Porsche Cayman S Black Edition does allow an incremental top speed increase bringing the car up to 173 miles per hour.
Existing in only 500 Porsche Cayman S models, the Black Edition will retail for $67,500 in the United States. Each model comes numbered with a special Cayman S Black Edition plaque on the dash.
Information and photo source: Porsche Cars North America