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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 19 27 $46,530 $51,900
2-Door Coupe S 19 26 $55,710 $62,100
2-Door Coupe S Black Edition 19 26 $60,570 $67,500
2-Door Coupe R 19 27 $59,490 $66,300
2-Door Convertible
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible 21 27 N/A $51,845
2-Door Convertible SC 20 26 N/A $54,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$46,530
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$51,900
$51,845
Monthly Payment Estimate
$865 / month
$864 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Porsche Cayman is a potent mix of performance, comfort, and cargo space, and a leader in the sports car segment.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two-Seater Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in) 37.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 51.5 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in) 33.5 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 51.3 44.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.4 59.2
Wheelbase (in) 95.1 90.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.9 72.8
Track Width, Front (in) 58.7 57.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 172.3 149.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.5 - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.5 x 1.1 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 0.8 - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 10.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.1-13.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.4 32.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Manual
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/55R/17 P175/50R16
Spare Tire Size NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/50R/17 P225/45R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2932 1984
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 16 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 221 @ 4400-6000 133 @ 6800
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.9L/177 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 265 @ 7200 190 @ 7800
Engine Type Gas Flat 6-Cyl Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection MPFI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.50 3.17
Clutch Size (in) 9.45 - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.43 1.48
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Rear-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.92
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.44 3.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.12 2.05
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.88 4.53
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09 1.17
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name Porsche Cayman Lotus Elise
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear MacPherson Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.5 8.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 6
 
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