The Porsche Cayman R has been declared Britain’s Best Driver’s Car for 2011 after winning the annual contest run by the British Autocar magazine.
Autocar’s editor-at-large and Britain’s Best Driver’s Car judge, Steve Sutcliffe, said:
“The Porsche Cayman R’s steering is about as sweet as it gets and the ride is 150 times better than it has any right to be considering how little body movement there is when you’re really going for it.
11 cars were tested worth a total of almost £900,000. – the McLaren MP4-12C, Mercedes CLS64 AMG, Vauxhall Corsa VXR, Renault Mégane Trophy, Caterham Supersport, Aston Martin Vantage S, Jaguar XKR-S, Lotus Evora S and BMW 1M.
On the second place, Autocar selected the Caterham Seven Supersport. The £22,995 Caterham was one of the cheapest cars in the contest.
Third place went to the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S, with the 911 GT3 RS managing only fourth this time around.
Porsche Cayman R is powered by a tuned-up 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine developing 330 hp (243 kW). In the standard configuration it transmits its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox that propels the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds.
At an ungoverned 175 mph and with a predicted 0-to-60-mph time of just over four seconds, the Cayman R should leave much more powerful cars in the dust.