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Porsche 987 Cayman Model Guides (2006 - 2012)
The Cayman S was the first production Cayman model to be released to the public as a 2006 model year offering. It got a 3.4 liter flat six with the heads from the Carrera and the camshafts from the Carrera S. It was good for 295 horsepower and 251 ft-lb's. of torque. The Cayman S absolutely mesmerized automotive journalists and owners and a year later, Porsche gave us the base Cayman. The 2007 Cayman delivered most of the Cayman S experience at a substantially lower cost. The chassis and body are nearly identical, with the primary differences being in the power train, brakes, wheels and some minor cosmetic elements. The engine in the Cayman was the M97.20, essentially a mini version of the 3.4L M97.21 that's in the Cayman S. It had a 2.7 liter displacement and generated 245 horsepower and 201 ft-lbs. of torque. As expected, there were very few changes to the Cayman S in 2007 and 2008, with some mainly cosmetic changes and additional options. Although the Cayman S had only been in the market for three years, and the Cayman only two years, Porsche was delivering a facelift and introduced a number of new technologies. Cosmetically, the 2009 Cayman and Cayman S received some minor but noticeable changes. The body shell and shape remained the same, but the front and rear bumper covers were updated. The engines in the 2009 Caymans are all new, a move to the 9A1 which was more advanced. The Cayman engine gets a 200 cm³ boost in displacement bringing total displacement to 2.9 liters producing 265 bhp, a gain of 20 horsepower over the outgoing 2.7 liter. The new Cayman S engine doesn't gain any displacement, but thanks to the fewer moving parts and the introduction of Direct Fuel Injection (DFI), this engine produces a hefty 25 more horsepower than the M97.21.
Porsche Cayman 987 Special Models
In the middle of 2008, Porsche introduced its first 987 Cayman limited edition car, the Design Edition 1. The Design Edition 1 was a Cayman S packaged with many exclusive cosmetic options intended to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Porsche Design. In late 2008, Porsche introduced the limited edition Cayman S Sport. The Sport was a Cayman S packaged with many sport options to create an edgy/sporty Cayman S. Beyond sport options, the Cayman S Sport received new DME software maps created to work with the Porsche Sport Exhaust and a unique Twin Chamber Dual Output Tailpipe that supply the Cayman S Sport with 303 horsepower at 6,250 RPM. The Cayman R was the highlight of the special edition 987 Cayman models. This model had been long awaited and highly anticipated. It is arguably one of the best driving Porsche cars ever made. It was all about reducing weight while adding performance where possible, In all, Porsche cut 121 lbs. (55 kg) in weight and was also given more performance by adding power, suspension tuning and other performance upgrades that do not require weight be added back to the vehicle. The Cayman R engine delivers 330 brake horsepower at 7,400 RPM, 10 horsepower more than the 2010 Cayman S. Add some tuned suspension and stiffer springs and dampers and the R was an absolute revelation to drive. With a base price of $66,300 it was also a relative bargain. The final special edition of the 987 Cayman era was the Limited Edition Cayman S Black which was combined many of the high performance benefits found only in the 2012 Cayman R with many other desirable options off the list. 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 provided 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.
Porsche Cayman 987 Specs & Performance Summary
Not surprisingly, the 987 Cayman range had almost the same specifications and performance numbers as its sibling 987 Boxster. In many ways these numbers are deceiving, because for most people who drove both cars back to back, the Cayman was clearly the more impressive machine.
Porsche 987 Cayman Pictures, Galleries & Videos
The first Cayman was created on the 987 Boxster platform so expectations were high when people started to review the Cayman. They were not disappointed because the Cayman was amazing. It was faster, tighter and more versatile than the Boxtser, a true drivers car in every way. Watch our curated Cayman 987 videos and galleries. We have everything from the early reviews to in-depth comparisons and journalists spanking the Cayman R around a circuit. A great way to spend a few hours.
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