We didn’t realize Henry Ford was an inspiration to Porsche’s designers, but the company’s latest special edition model — the 2012 Cayman S Black Edition — follows in Henry’s footsteps: it’s available in any color you like, so long as it’s black.
Like the similar 2012 911 Black Edition and Boxster S Black Edition models unveiled earlier this year, the Cayman S Black Edition is named after its exterior and interior décor. Along with the black exterior paint, Black Edition models receive badging and trim painted in a matching hue, along with 19-inch BoxsterSpyder wheels that are also coated in a black finish. The bewitching color scheme continuesinside, with black leather, black dashboard trim, and black-painted gauges. To keep from the cockpit from feeling too claustrophobic, aluminum sill plates and a PorscheDesign steering wheel with aluminum spokes help add a little brightness to an otherwise dark situation.
Cayman S Black Edition models use the same 3.4-liter, flat-six cylinder engine as a stock Cayman S, albeit its output is increased by 10 hp to 330 hp. Buyers have their choice of either a standard six-speed manual transmission or opting for Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. For those searching for faster lap times, choose the PDK — according to Porsche, such a car makes the run from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package (a $950 option), and will hit a top speed of 172 mph. Better yet, that same car can also return an estimated 20/29 mpg (city/highway).
As is the case with Porsche’s other Black Edition models, the Cayman S Black Edition adds a bit of content without increasing the MSRP. The black interior trimispulled straight from the optional design package, while the convenience package (with bi-xenon headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, rain sensor, and automatic climate control) is now standard equipment. Also standard is the infotainment package with navigation, satellite radio, and a Bose surround sound system. Fitting a normal Cayman S with the same equipment will cost you roughly $7310 more than the Cayman S Black Edition, which stickers for $68,450 (including destination). Porsche will only be making 500 of them worldwide, so you better act quickly if you hope to snap one up.