(2012) Porsche Cayman S Black Edition – Ultimate Guide
The Limited Edition Cayman S Black combines many of the high performance benefits found only in the 2012 Cayman R with many other desirable options off the list, options that when combined create a distinct personality for this special car. After the R hit the scene, many potential buyers complained of the inability to order one with many of the highly desirable street options, particularly PASM. Well the Cayman S Black Edition provides a canvas on which one can build a Cayman with the 330 BHP engine found in the R but without all of the other performance focus. Where the Cayman R is built to be the master of performance, the Cayman S Black is built to be the master of touring.
The Cayman S Black Edition comes in one color and one color only. Black on Black…!! On the exterior, the 19″ Lightweight Cayman R wheels, Dual Chamber Exhaust Tailpipes, Model Designation and the Headlight Trims are also painted black. Tint the windows, and you’ve got one very dark, very mean looking Cayman.
Inside the Black Edition proudly wears the Porsche crests in its headrests. Connection to the steering happens through a 3 spoke Sport Design steering wheel and the door opening are protected by stainless steel guards that remind you you’re in a “Black Edition”. On the glove box lid you’ll find a badge that denotes which of the 500 Black Edition Caymans you’re driving.
The Cayman S Black Edition has a base price of $67,500, making it the most expensive Cayman available at the time of this writing. This model costs $5,500 more than a Cayman S of the same year, but like most Porsche packages, the Black Edition provides an exceptional value. If a Cayman S were configured to include every available option that’s standard on the Cayman S Black Edition, its price would quickly add up to $72,950. That means the Black Edition actually saves a buyer $5,450.
3.4 Liter Direct Fuel Injection
320 bhp at 7,200 RPM, 273 lb.-ft.
3.4 Liter Direct Fuel Injection
330 bhp at 7,400 RPM, 273 lb.-ft.
Automatically Extending / Retracting spoiler in body color
Fixed Aero Kit Spoiler, struts body color, wing in contrasting color, front aero spoiler lips
Standard fixed rate or 10mm lower PASM
20mm lower tuned Sport Suspension
Flip/Flop Black on backlit Light Grey
Speedy Black faces without
Instrument Cluster Cowl
Sound Package Plus, 180 Watts, 9 speakers
2 into 1 with Dual Opening
Exclusive Tuned Performance Exhaust with
Dual Branch Twin Tailpipe
(Manual / PDK):
2,976 lbs. / 3,031 lbs.
2,866 lbs. / 2,988 lbs.
Coefficient of Aerodynamic Drag:
0.29 6 Speed / 0.30 PDK
0.30 6 Speed & PDK
(6 Speed / PDK):
172 MPH / 171 MPH
175 MPH / 175 MPH
Claimed 0-60 Time:
4.9 / 4.8 / 4.6 seconds
4.7 / 4.6 / 4.4 seconds
(6 Speed Manual):
19 City / 26 Highway
19 City / 27 Highway
(7 Speed PDK):
20 City / 29 Highway
20 City / 29 Highway
US Model: 16.9 G / ROW: 14.3 G
Stuttgart. The next step up from the Cayman S is known as the Cayman S Black Edition: Starting in July 2011, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is bringing the mid-engine coupé to market in a special edition limited to 500 units boasting even better performance and especially lavish equipment specification. The Cayman S Black Edition is powered by a 3.4 litre six-cylinder boxer engine with power output increased by 10 hp (7 kW) to 330 hp (243 kW) at 7,400 rpm (an additional 200 rpm). The maximum torque remains unchanged at 370 Newton metres at 4,750 rpm.
The extra power feeds directly through into the performance of the all black two-seater. The acceleration times from nought to 100 km/h (62 mph) are improved by a tenth of a second to 5.1 seconds with the six-gear manual transmission and to 5.0 seconds with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) respectively. A mere 4.8 seconds are required if the Launch Control is activated on the Sport Chrono package, available as an option. The Cayman S Black Edition’s top speed is two kilometres per hour (1.24 mph) faster than that of the Cayman S – 279 km/h (173 mph) with the manual transmission and 277 km/h (172 mph) with the PDK respectively.
The Cayman S Black Edition is not just more sportily agile in terms of its longitudinal dynamics but laterally as well. Among other factors, this is attributable to the Boxster Spyder wheels in black, which with a diameter of 19 inches are not just one inch bigger than the standard Cayman S wheels but are also half an inch wider than the optional 19 inch wheels on the Cayman S. The tyre sizes fitted are 235/35 ZR 19s on the front axle and 265/35 ZR 19s on the rear axle.
With its comprehensive and particularly high-quality equipment, the Cayman S Black Edition also caters for exceedingly exacting demands. For example, Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights and LED daytime running lights are just as much part of the basic specification as are automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor. Driver and front seat passenger sit on black partial leather seats with Porsche crest on the headrests; climate control ensures a comfortable temperature. The driver pilots the Cayman Black Edition by means of a Sport Design steering wheel, the cruise control makes driving at constant speed a more comfortable and economical experience.
The colour scheme of the limited edition sports coupé is consistent to the smallest detail: the dashboard trim is black as are the gear lever/selector trim and the instrument dials in the instrument cluster. The door entry guards emblazoned with the lettering “Black Edition” are made of stainless steel; the glove compartment lid bears the badge proclaiming the limited edition status. Equipped with Sound Package Plus, the Cayman S Black Edition’s infotainment systems are controlled via Porsche Communication Management (PCM). This also includes, for example, the navigation module and universal audio interface (AUX, USB, iPod). Mobile phone integration is already enabled. In all, the Cayman S Black Edition features the Porsche Comfort, Infotainment and Design packages, offering a price reduction into the bargain.