Porsche Cayman 987.1 (2005-2008)

Official photos: 2005 May 23
Premiere: 2005 September 14, IAA Frankfurt motor show press day
Market launch: 2005 November 26

Porsche Cayman 987.1
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MY2006 MY2007 MY2008
Cayman 2.7 180 kW
Cayman S 3.4 217 kW
Cayman S Sport 3.4 223 kW

Technical specifications

Modification Engine Power Torque Gearbox 60 mph 100 km/h 100 mph 200 km/h 1 km Top speed DIN weight
Cayman 2.7B6 180 kW 201 lb-ft   273 Nm Tiptronic 5-speed 6.7 sec. 7.0 sec. 16.4 sec. 27.3 sec. 27.0 sec. 157 mph   253 km/h 1360 kg   2998 lb
manual 5-speed 5.8 sec. 6.1 sec. 14.2 sec. 23.7 sec. 26.0 sec. 160 mph   258 km/h 1300 kg   2866 lb
manual 6-speed 5.8 sec. 6.1 sec. 14.0 sec. 23.2 sec. 25.8 sec. 162 mph   260 km/h
Cayman S 3.4B6 217 kW 250 lb-ft   340 Nm Tiptronic 5-speed 5.8 sec. 6.1 sec. 13.5 sec. 21.6 sec. 25.4 sec. 166 mph   267 km/h 1390 kg   3064 lb
manual 6-speed 5.1 sec. 5.4 sec. 11.7 sec. 18.6 sec. 24.3 sec. 171 mph   275 km/h 1340 kg   2955 lb
DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.


Caiman is a small and nimble crocodile. Cayman is a small and nimble Porsche. With the Boxster 987 as the base, it was a rare occasion in the world of car construction that a coupé was built on the platform of an open car. The plus was the more rigid chassis, the minus the weight not saved. Another strange thing: the fixed roof coupé was more expensive than the roadster with its electrically folding top. The price increase from Boxster to Cayman was 8-10%.

AutoWeek's editors named the Porsche Cayman S the best car at the 2005 Frankfurt motor show. Autocar magazine called it "brilliant" and "Porsche´s most focused sports car". At the New York International Auto Show, the Cayman S was awarded World Performance Car of 2006. In the eyes of the 46-strong jury the Cayman S impressed with its “perfect combination of outstanding handling, looks and performance.”

The cars were built at the Valmet factory in Uusikaupunki, Finland. The incoming car parts were shipped from Rostock in Germany to Uusikaupunki 3 times a week and the majority of the built-up vehicles were shipped back to Germany, this time to Emden port.

The 2.7-litre base version was made available later, from August 2006 as a 2007 model. Its manual transmission had just 5 speeds. The base price on the Cayman 2.7 was a whopping 19% lower than on the 3.4-litre S-version, but standard equipment was really non-existent. That might be a good thing with a sports car, but if you want it for sports, you need the S-version. Even the 6-speed transmission was optional for the base Cayman. For comparison, the entry level Porsche 968 had the 6-speed transmission as standard already in 1991. And no less than a 3-litre engine. 15 years earlier.

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Porsche Cayman mule based on 911
This is a Cayman test mule built on a 911 cabriolet © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman prototype
Winter testing of a Cayman prototype © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman prototype
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Porsche Cayman prototype
Headlights of this prototype are covered with 996.2 style camouflage © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman at the 2005 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show
Cayman S at the 2005 IAA Frankfurt motor show © Porsche
Porsche Cayman production at Valmet in Finland
Cayman production at Valmet Automotive in Finland © Valmet
Porsche Cayman production at Valmet in Finland
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Porsche Cayman production at Valmet in Finland
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Porsche Cayman production at Valmet in Finland
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Porsche Cayman production at Valmet in Finland
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Porsche Boxster and Cayman made at Valmet in Finland
Confirmation that your Cayman or Boxster was made in Finland is when the 11th character in the VIN is "U" which stands for Uusikaupunki, the town name where the Valmet car factory is located © Valmet
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2007-2008 Porsche Cayman with Aerokit
Aerokit was made available in 2007 © Porsche
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2007-2008 Porsche Cayman with Aerokit front spoiler lip
Front spoiler add-ons that came with the Aerokit package © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.1
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Red Porsche Cayman 987.1
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Red Porsche Cayman 987.1
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Silver Porsche Cayman 987.1
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 with PCCB ceramic brakes
Ultra rare: Cayman with PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987 rear fender design
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Silver Porsche Cayman 987.1
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2007-2008 Porsche Cayman with Aerokit
The Aerokit’s components, optimized in Porsche’s wind tunnel, reduce lift at the front and rear axles© Porsche
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2007-2008 Porsche Cayman with Aerokit rear spoiler
Aerokit's fixed rear spoiler should never be installed alone - it is designed to work with the front spoiler add-ons© Porsche
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Yellow Porsche Cayman 987.1
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Silver Porsche Cayman 987.1 with rear hatch open
A lot of luggage space under front and rear lids© Porsche
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Red Porsche Cayman 987.1 with rear hatch open
987 S has the brakes from the 911 Carrera, but the callipers are painted red!© Porsche
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Red Porsche Cayman 987.1
Cool design © Porsche
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Silver Porsche Cayman 987.1
Adorable mid-engined Porsche © Porsche
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Silver Porsche Cayman 987.1, rear view
The rear spoiler comes out automatically when the speed of 75 mph / 120 km/h is reached© Porsche
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Silver Porsche Cayman 987.1, rear view
Check out the rear fender design - it's like on Porsche 550! © Porsche
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Yellow Porsche Cayman 987.1
The single large exhaust pipe end on the 2.7-litre version looks better than the standard exhaust pipe end on the Cayman S © Porsche
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Silver Porsche Cayman 987.1, side view
As announced by Porsche, the Cayman 987.1 S lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 8:20 minutes © Porsche
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Red Porsche Cayman 987.1
Air intake on this side is a design feature - the engine air intake is on the other side© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 steering wheel, instruments
White dial faces of the Cayman S 3.4 (they are black on Cayman 2.7)© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 PCM Porsche Communication Management
Optional navigation screen © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 interior, cockpit
Note the stopwatch on the dashboard, which tells the car is equipped with the Sports Chrono package. According to Porsche, the package made the car 3 seconds faster on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 interior, cockpit
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 interior, cockpit
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 rear trunk open
9.1 cubic feet / 260 litres of luggage space in addition to 5.2 cubic feet / 150 litres under the front lid! © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 oil filler cap
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 see-through picture
Amazing engineering © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 engine and exhaust
The air intake is only on the left side © Porsche
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Porsche 987.1 2.7-litre power and torque graph
2.7-litre © Porsche
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Porsche 987.1 3.4-litre power and torque graph
3.4-litre © Porsche
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Porsche 987 Sport Chrono graph
The Sport-button in the Sport Chrono package makes the throttle more responsive and raises the trigger threshold of the PSM Porsche Stability Management© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.1 front brake cooling
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Brakes
Color of callipers   Front disc diameter   Rear disc diameter
Cayman Black 298 mm 299 mm
Cayman S Red 318 mm 299 mm
PCCB ceramic   Yellow 350 mm 350 mm


Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1

To boost the sales, a black on black Cayman S called Porsche Design Edition 1 was launched in the end of 2007. The car came with a briefcase containing Porsche Design items like the chronograph, a pocket knife, sunglasses, a pen, and a key ring. It should be mentioned, that Porsche Design is an Austrian company established by the designer of the 911, F. A. Porsche. Ferdinand Alexander was the son of Ferdinand Anton Ernst "Ferry" Porsche who created the Porsche marque and the grandson of engineer Ferdinand Porsche.

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Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman
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Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman
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Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman
Decal tuning looks cheap, because it is cheap© Porsche
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Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman
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Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman
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Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman
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Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman
Alcantara ceiling, steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake grip, black painted center console, dashboard and door trims © Porsche
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Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman limited edition plaque
The sales forecasts showed that it is possible to sell 777 units © Porsche
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Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman
Note the font of the numbers unique to the Porsche Design Edition© Porsche
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Porsche Design Edition 1 Cayman
Every car came with a briefcase with Porsche Design items © Porsche

Cayman S Sport

The last original Caymans made before the 2009 facelift version, were Cayman S Sport in September 2008. They were uniquely available also in 911 GT3 RS colors Orange and Green in addition to Black, Indian Red, Speed Yellow, Carrara White and Arctic Silver Metallic. The cars came with sports exhaust system as standard and therefore the car had a little bit more power.

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Porsche Cayman S Sport
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Porsche Cayman S Sport carbon mirror
Optional carbon mirror case © James Herne
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Porsche Cayman S Sport with Aerokit
Cayman S Sport with optional Aerokit front and rear spoilers painted black© James Herne
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Porsche Cayman S Sport
Side air grille in black © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman S Sport black model designaton
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Porsche Cayman S Sport
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Porsche Cayman S Sport alcantara interior
Cayman S Sport interior is similar to the Porsche Design Edition 1 © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman S Sport
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Porsche Cayman S Sport limited edition plaque
Plaque on the glove compartment lid © Porsche

Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com


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Cayman 987.1

5/2006 · English

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Cayman 987.1 Service

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