Porsche Cayman
Porsche AG

987 C7S

718 Cayman

Production 2006 - Present
Class Sportscar
Body Style Two door coupe
Length 172-in. (Cayman)
172.1 (Cayman S)
Width 70.9-in.
Height 51.4-in.
Wheelbase 95.1-in.
Weight 2,866 lbs (Cayman manual)
2,998 lbs (Cayman automatic)
2,954 lbs (Cayman S manual)
3,042 lbs (Cayman S automatic)
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
6-speed manual (Cayman S only)
Engine 2.7 liter flat-6 (Cayman)
3.4 liter flat-6 (Cayman S)
Power 245 hp @ 6500 RPM
201 lb-ft of torque @ 4600-6000 RPM

295 hp @ 6250 RPM
251 lb-ft of torque @ 4400-6000 RPM
Similar BMW Z4
Audi TT
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Nissan 350Z
Designer Michael Mauer

The Porsche Cayman (named after caiman) is a mid-engine 2-seat sports car launched for the 2006 model year. It is based on the compact Porsche Boxster but uses modified flat-6 engines, which are in terms of performance in between the Boxster and the 911. The Cayman is intended to be a purer sports car than the Boxster, with a stiffer suspension and higher performance. Like the Cayenne, the Cayman is a controversial model for Porsche enthusiasts as they say that Porsche should only produce higher performance cars.

The Cayman is produced alongside the Boxster by Valmet in Finland.

Recent Changes

  • The 2010 LA Auto Show hosted the launch of stripped-out and more powerful version of the Cayman S, the Cayman R. Unnecessary equipment such as air conditioning, audio system and door handles have been chucked in the garbage bin and, where possible, lightweight components have been utilized such as carbon fiber bucket seats and the lightest 19 inch wheels offered by the company weighing in at less than 40kg / 80 lbs. The Cayman R also gets a smaller fuel tank, while offering a lightweight lithium-ion battery as an optional extra. 55 kg (121 lb) have been shaved from the Cayman S, as a result. Total weight comes in at just 1295 kg (2855 lb). The engine has also been fine tuned to wring out an extra 10 hp, bringing power up to 330 hp. Power is sent to the rear wheels via the standard 6-speed manual or the optional 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) gearbox. The Sport Chrono package is also thrown in as another optional extra. Other go-faster bits include a sports suspension that lowers the car's ride height by 20mm (0.79 in.) compared to the 'S' and a limited slip differential. A go-nowhere fast option is a set of ceramic brakes. As a result of these, the R launches from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds with the Manual, 4.9 seconds with the PDK and 4.7 seconds with the Sport Chrono pack. Top speed also rather depends on what sort of gearbox is bolted on; 282 km/h (175 mph) for the manual and 280 km/h (174 mph) on the PDK. The company says the tweaked 3.4 litre Flat-6 consumes 9.7 l/100 km (29.12 mpg imp.) with the Manual and 9.3 l/100 km (30.37 mpg imp.) with the PDK. Prices in Germany is set at €69,830 while the USA will only have to fork over $66,300 for the pleasure. [1]
  • For 2010, Porsche unveils the first significant mid-cycle facelift and drivetrain update for the Boxster and the Cayman. Besides revised styling, the new cars will benefit from new 2.9 and 3.4 litre engines that pumps out more power while being more efficient as well as Porsche's PDK double-clutch gearbox that also helps cut down fuel consumption while changing gears in fraction seconds quick. The new cars will come online in Europe on February 2009 with prices set at €38,600 for the Boxster and €41,700 for the Cayman. The Boxster S starts at €46,700 while the Cayman S €51,500. [2]
  • For 2009, Porsche will produce a very limited edition 700 unit variant of the Cayman called the Cayman S Sport. Based on the Cayman S, the S Sport will boast a 303 hp version of the Cayman's 3.4 litre engine. To take advantage of the higher output, the car will feature a number of performance mods such as the inclusion of Porsche's Active Suspension Management (PASM) as well as a 10mm lower suspension, 5mm spacers beneath the new 19-inch SportDesign wheels and a sports exhaust. Stylingwise, the S Sport borrows much aesthetic cues from its older sibling, the 911 GT3 RS. The car will come standard in the GT3's Orange and Green and black side decals livery. Optional paint schemes will include Black, Indian Red, Speed Yellow and Carrara White, as well as Arctic Silver Metallic.The car will be available as early as September 2008 in Germany with prices starting from €69,942 incl. VAT.[3][4][5][6]

Current Generation (2012-Present)

The second generation Cayman was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The production 981 was released as a 2014 model in the spring of 2013. The new car was available in both standard Cayman with a 2.7 L engine, and as Cayman S with a 3.4 L engine. Both versions are available with either a 6-speed manual or a dual-clutch 7-speed PDK transmission.

The 981 features upgrades including a new body, a longer wheelbase, a wider front track, and a redesigned interior that matches the firm's contemporary 911 models.

The new model gained acclaim in the motoring press as one of the best handling sports cars at any price, due to its-mid engine layout and driving dynamics. The Cayman S benefits from the same engine and running gear as Porsche's latest 3.4 L version of the 911. 

Cayman GTS

The Cayman GTS was introduced in 2014, and is based on the 981 platform. It features a marginally more powerful engine, a new body kit, new 20-inch Carrera S alloys, new Bi-Xenon headlights, and new sports exhaust system. The Cayman GTS is longer than the Cayman and the Cayman S by 1.2 inches due to its bumper, and the new, optional passive sport suspension allows the Cayman GTS to have a 20mm lower ride height compared to a car equipped with standard passive suspension or 10mm lower compared to one with the standard-equipped PASM. The engine produces 340 hp, and can achieve a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds with the manual transmission, 4.7 seconds with PDK and 4.5 seconds with PDK and Sport Plus mode, which is activated via the now standard Sports Chrono Package. The Cayman GTS weighs 1345 kg with the manual transmission can reach a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h) while the Cayman GTS with PDK can reach 175 mph (282 km/h) and weighs 1375 kg. The configuration changes made over a standard Cayman S resemble closely what Porsche did to its predecessors through Cayman S Sport and Cayman R in the 987 generation vehicles. 

Cayman GT4

In 2015, the Cayman GT4 was introduced, based on the current Cayman (981C), using a revised and slightly de-tuned version of the 3.8-liter flat-six engine from the 911 (991) Carrera S. The GT4 is available only with a 6 speed manual transmission and weighs 1340 kg. It has a vented front bumper to improve cooling for the additional radiator, with a lower lip as well as a fixed rear wing for providing downforce. Compared to the standard Cayman, it features a 30mm lower ride height, upgraded brakes from the 991 GT3, a limited slip differential combined with Porsche Torque Vectoring, and Porsche Active Suspension Management with dampers derived from the 991 GT3. A number of reinforcements were also made throughout the chassis. A Club Sport Package is also available, featuring a rear half rollcage, preparation for a battery cut off switch, a fire extinguisher and a six point racing harness for the driver, compatible with a neck saving HANS device. Sport Chrono Package with unique Track Precision app is also available specifically for GT4, adding an additional ECU to the car to deliver telemetry data to the driver's smartphone. In the United Kingdom, the GT4 could be ordered before its introduction at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, and the first cars would arrive in dealerships in March.

The Cayman GT4 has a projected Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7 minutes 40 seconds. It has a top speed of 295 kilometres per hour (183 mph). The GT4 has gained rave reviews from magazines like Evo and the likes of Chris Harris.

The GT4 also represents the last street legal track car with a naturally aspirated Flat 6 engine coupled to a 6-speed manual, a combination that would disappear after the introduction of the turbocharged Flat 4 in 718 Cayman.

Cayman GT4 Clubsport

On October 6, 2015 Porsche announced a Clubsport version of the Cayman GT4. Developed by Porsche Motorsport, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport made its debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show in November. It is powered by the same 385 hp 3.8-litre flat-six engine found on the production Cayman GT4.

As opposed to the road going Cayman GT4, the Clubsport version is fitted with Porsche's PDK double clutch transmission (albeit with 7th gear disabled) with shift paddles on the steering wheel, as well as mechanical rear-axle locking differential. The Cayman GT4 Clubsport weighs only 1,300 kg and shares the same Performance Friction brakes and lightweight suspension strut front axle found on the Porsche 991 GT3 Cup. Its ABS is adjustable in 12 steps. A 100-litre FIA-approved "bag" fuel tank is available as an option for endurance racing. In addition to its lightweight features, it is supplied fitted with an FIA welded-in roll-cage, six-point harness and a racing bucket seat.

Sales of the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport commenced after its debut in November through Porsche Motorsport in Weissach or Porsche Motorsport North America.


Type Engine Transmission Power Torque 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) 0–100 mph (0–160 km/h) 0–124 mph (0–200 km/h) Top Speed Fuel Consumption
Cayman 2.7L Manual (6) 275 PS at 7400 rpm 213 lb·ft (289 N·m) 5.4 Seconds 12.9 Seconds - 265 km/h (165 mph) 20 mpg (city) / 30 mpg (highway)
2.7L PDK (7) 275 PS at 7400 rpm 213 lb·ft (289 N·m) 5.3 Seconds (5.1 with Sport Plus) 12.8 Seconds (12.5 with Sport Plus) - 264 km/h (164 mph) 22 mpg (city) / 32 mpg (highway)
Cayman S 3.4L Manual (6) 325 PS at 7400 rpm 273 lb·ft (370 N·m) 4.7 Seconds 10.8 Seconds 16.3 Seconds 282 km/h (175 mph) 20 mpg / 28 mpg (highway)
3.4L PDK (7) 325 PS at 7400 rpm 273 lb·ft (370 N·m) 4.6 Seconds (4.4 with Sport Plus) 10.7 Seconds (10.4 with Sport Plus) 15.9 Seconds 280 km/h (174 mph) 21 mpg / 30 mpg (highway)
Cayman GTS 3.4L Manual (6) 340 PS at 7400 rpm 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) 4.6 Seconds 10.5 Seconds 15.9 Seconds 285 km/h (177 mph)
3.4L PDK (7) 340 PS at 7400 rpm 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) 4.5 Seconds (4.3 with Sport Plus) 10.4 Seconds, (10.1 with Sport Plus) 15.5 Seconds 283 km/h (175 mph)
Cayman GT4 3.8L Manual (6) 385 PS at 7400 rpm 309 lb·ft (419 N·m) 4.2 Seconds Est 8.6 Seconds 14.5 Seconds 295 km/h (183 mph)


The facelift model, known as 718 Cayman, was unveiled worldwide in April 2016, and will be marketed in the US for 2017 model year. The base Cayman is powered by an all-new 4 cylinder turbocharged 2.0 liter engine, while motor for the Cayman S is 2.5 liter turbocharged flat four.


The Cayman series (project code 987 C7S) was developed for two years. The first official photographs and technical details were released by Porsche in May 2005. The Cayman S had its public launch in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show It was spied on numerous times, often referred to as a Boxster coupe. During prototype testing, rally legend Walter Röhrl reportedly lapped the Nürburgring track faster than the 911 Carrera's time of 8 minutes, 15 seconds. The Cayman S and the 911 Carrera come close in terms of performance, leaving it open whether sales of the Cayman S will cannibalize sales of the 911 Carrera, which is $12,400 more expensive than the Cayman S in the United States. Furthermore, a motorsport-tuned Cayman ("Cayman RS") has been rumored to be in testing at the Nürburgring. The Cayman (without an "S") is slated for release in July, 2006.


Model MSRP (Cost in USD) 0-60 Acceleration Top Speed Official Minisite
Cayman $49,400 5.8 s 160 mph [7]
Cayman S $58,900 5.1 s 171 mph [8]

The Cayman shares the mid-engined platform of the Boxster, along with its interior, front end, doors, and lights. The Cayman sports a 2.7 liter engine, while the Cayman S has a 3.4 liter engine. It has a glass hatchback for added practicality. Suspension is the same as in the Boxster. Six-speed manual and optional 5-speed Tiptronic transmissions are available. A Sport Chrono Package including PASM and ceramic composite brakes is also available.


Cayman S Sport

The last model to be launched of this Cayman range was the Cayman S Sport. It had a slight boost in power and an exclusive vinyl design.

Cayman GT


The Cayman is a controversial model among the Porsche enthusiasts. They say that the price of the Cayman and Boxster are too affordable for a modern Porsche. According to the research of the British motorshow, Top Gear, most Porsche enthusiasts say that the Cayman and Boxster are for those who cannot afford a Porsche 911. Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear's TV presenter said that he did not like the styling of the car and said that Porsche could have made it better but they didn't because they do not want it to be as good as the more expensive Porsche 911 Carrera.


There are multiple colors avalable for the Porsche Cayman including:

  • Black
  • White
  • Grey
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Yellow


Porsche Design Edition 1

Cayman R

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