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If you’ve always wanted a ballistic Porsche sports car, but thought the 911 was too expensive and the Boxster compromised by its roadster design, then the 2011 Porsche Cayman is definitely the car for you. It is essentially a hard-top Boxster and thanks to its mid-engine configuration it remains one of the best handling models in Porsche’s current lineup.

The 2011 model year marks a special time for the Porsche Cayman as two special edition models have been launched, the 2011 Porsche Cayman R and the 2011 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition.

Both come powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 330 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, which means they’re able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in around 5.0 seconds. Remember, this is a car that’s not much bigger than a Mazda Miata but with an engine almost as powerful as the base unit in the iconic 911 Carrera.

Customers can choose from either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed ‘PDK’ dual clutch...
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