Porsche Cayman 987.2 (2009-2012)

Official photos: 2008 November 18
Premiere: 2008 November 19, Los Angeles Auto Show
Market launch: 2009 February

Porsche Cayman 987.2
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MY2009 MY2010 (A) MY2011 (B) MY2012 (C)
Cayman 2.9 195 kW
Cayman S 3.4 235 kW
Cayman R 3.4 243 kW
Cayman S Black Edition 3.4 243 kW

Technical specifications Cayman 987.2

Modification Engine Power Torque Gearbox 100 km/h 100 mph 200 km/h 1 km Top speed DIN weight
Cayman 2.9B6 195 kW 221 lb-ft
300 Nm
manual 6-speed 5.8 sec. 13.4 sec. 22.0 sec. 25.4 sec. 165 mph
265 km/h
1330 kg
2932 lb
PDK 7-speed *5.5/5.7 sec. *12.9/13.2 sec. * /21.8 sec. * /25.2 sec. 163 mph
263 km/h
1360 kg
2998 lb
Cayman S 3.4B6 235 kW 272 lb-ft
370 Nm
manual 6-speed 5.2 sec. 11.4 sec. 18.1 sec. 24.1 sec. 172 mph
277 km/h
1350 kg
2976 lb
PDK 7-speed *4.9/5.1 sec. *10.9/11.2 sec. * /17.9 sec. * /23.9 sec. 171 mph
275 km/h
1375 kg
3031 lb
Cayman S Black Edition 3.4B6 243 kW 272 lb-ft
370 Nm
manual 6-speed 5.1 sec. 173 mph
279 km/h
PDK 7-speed *4.8/5.0 sec. 172 mph
277 km/h
Cayman R 3.4B6 243 kW 272 lb-ft
370 Nm
manual 6-speed 5.0 sec. 10.7 sec. 17.2 sec. 175 mph
282 km/h
1295 kg
2855 lb
PDK 7-speed *4.7/4.9 sec. *10.2/10.5 sec. *16.7/17.0 sec. 174 mph
280 km/h
1320 kg
2910 lb
DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.
* with Launch Control

From the 987.2 generation, the manual gearbox has a self-adjusting X-Tend clutch registering the gradual decrease in clutch pad thickness and, by turning an adjustment ring, setting off and compensating the gap caused by clutch pad wear. The advantage is that it reduces the increase in foot pressure required in the course of time until reaching the wear limit.

PDK double-clutch gearbox

The biggest news with the facelifted version of the original Cayman came for the drivers preferring automatic gear change. The more comfortable, but not so sporty Tiptronic was replaced with the 7-speed PDK (Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe). The PDK is made up of two transmission units connected via separate clutches with the drivetrain. One transmission unit comes with gears 1, 3, 5, 7 and reverse, the other operates gears 2, 4 and 6. The PDK is not so comfortable in the city as the Tiptronic used to be, but it is super fast at the race track when used in Sport Plus mode that comes with the Sport Chrono package. Regarding the acceleration times with the PDK, it should be mentioned that in real life a manual transmission car is faster from traffic lights, because you have to set up the launch with the automatic. The official acceleration numbers are better for the PDK, but these numbers are measured from the moment the car starts to move. While changing one gear at the time is eye blink fast with the PDK as what happens is a clutch change, not a gear change. It is not the case when you need to change 2 gears down, for example when taking over. Changing two gears sequentially is slow with PDK because these gears are on the same shaft.

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Porsche PDK transmission explained
PDK explained © Porsche

The PDK was part of the solution to reduce CO2 emissions. And as such, the car is programmed to use very low rpm - which makes the car a dog at city speeds. You cannot make it better with pressing the Sport-button either as in this case the revs are too high for permanent use. The PDK would be perfect if you could adjust the car in a way that the engine revolutions would never drop below 2000 rpm.

DFI Direct Fuel Injection

The second technical feature to support the lowering of the CO2 emissions were the new engines with the direct fuel injection system. The fuel was now injected directly into the cylinder instead of the inlet port. The base engine grew from 2.7 to 2.9 litres.

Brake system

The 987.2 generation came with the new braking system that shortens stopping distance in an emergency situation. Whenever the driver lets go of the gas pedal very quickly, the hydraulic control unit builds up pressure on the brakes and moves the pads slightly towards the discs before the driver even presses the brake pedal. The cars also came as standard with a new feature called Start-Off Assistant. Without the need to use the handbrake, the new system prevented the car from rolling forwards or backwards when setting off on a gradient by automatically holding the brakes in position and then letting go in a controlled process after the driver released the brake pedal. Both PDK and manual transmission cars were equipped with this system. In size, the brakes were similar to the 911 Carrera, now also on the base Cayman. Disc thicknesses vary.

Color of callipers   Front disc diameter   Rear disc diameter
Cayman Black 318 mm 299 mm
Cayman S Red 318 mm 299 mm
PCCB ceramic   Yellow 350 mm 350 mm

Porsche Cayman 987.2 premiere
Premiere at 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show © Porsche

Awards in 2009

Best coupé under 50,000€ - by the readers of German magazine “sport auto”
Best Driver's Car - by US car journal Motor Trend
Best Sports Car - by British car journal Auto Express

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Porsche Cayman 987.2
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Brown metallic Porsche Cayman 987.2
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Silver Porsche Cayman 987.2
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 with PCCB ceramic brake
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 side view
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 rear fender design
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 rear end design
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Green, Blue and Red Porsche Cayman 987.2
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Blue Porsche Cayman 987.2
Optional fixed rear spoiler © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.2
The rear wing moves up at speeds above 75 mph/120 km/h and down when the speed decreases to 50 mph/80 km/h. The increase in downforce on the rear axle at 270 km/h (167 mph) is 14 kg/30 lb. © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 with rear hatch open
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Yellow Porsche Cayman 987.2
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Red Porsche Cayman 987.2
Cayman 2.9 can be told by the single large exhaust pipe © Porsche
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Red Porsche Cayman 987.2
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Porsche Cayman 987 car cover
When buying a car cover, note that indoor and outdoor covers are different © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 rear fender design
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Red Porsche Cayman 987.2, side view
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Porsche Cayman 987 roof rack
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Porsche Cayman 987 roof transport system, ski and bike carrier, roof box
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Red Porsche Cayman 987.2
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Porsche Cayman 987.2, door open
Irresistible invitation © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 dashboard
Car with optional PDK transmission and gear change buttons on the steering wheel that some drivers find unintuitive© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 Exclusive steering wheel
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 Exclusive PDK lever and handbrake lever in aluminium
Optional aluminium handbrake and gear selector from Porsche Exclusive © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 navigation
The PCM got a touch screen and its diagonal grew from 5.8 to 6.5 inches. The optional Bose sound system came with a new amplifier with its nominal output increased from 325 to 385 W. © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987 carbon centre console
Optional carbon fibre parts© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 Exclusive gear lever and handbrake lever in aluminium
Optional gear lever, handbrake lever and centre console © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 cockpit
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 interior
Bucket seats© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 see-through picture
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Porsche Cayman 987.2 engine, transmission, exhaust system
Flat-6 engine, transmission, exhaust system © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman 987 PDK transmission
PDK gears © Porsche

Cayman R

The racy Cayman R debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, 2010 and was available from February 2011. The R had a little bit more power, a differential lock and a specially adapted sports chassis, lowered by 0.8"/20 mm compared to the Cayman S. With the omission of air conditioning system (-12 kg/26 lb), sound system, radio and even cup holders plus exchanging the doors to aluminium units (-15 kg/33 lb) and equipping the car with bucket seats (-12 kg/26 lb), it was possible to reduce the weight by 55 kg/120 lb.

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Porsche Cayman S vs Cayman R power graph
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Porsche Cayman R
19" lightweight wheels from Boxster Spyder© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman R
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Porsche Cayman R
Peridot Metallic is the unique color for the Cayman R© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman R
Racy Cayman© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman R rear spoiler
Fixed rear spoiler © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman R black exhaust pipe ends
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Porsche Cayman R rear view
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White Porsche Cayman R, side view
White has been the color of Porsche Motorsport cars and therefore suits the Cayman R perfectly© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman R black design headlamp
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Black design headlights and black mirrors © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman R Sport Design steering wheel
No radio, no AC © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman R interior
Cayman R interior as it was intended - with bucket seats and no creature comforts like air conditioning, radio, navigation, cruise control. Though, if the new car buyer ordered, Porsche put everything back and added the ordered equipment. © Porsche
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Porsche Cayman R interior with red contrast
Red door openers and red seat belts look nice with interior trim painted red in a red car with red brake callipers© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman R interior with white centre console
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Porsche Cayman R cockpit
Removing the instrument cover for saving weight is more show than go in a 1.3 ton sports car© Porsche
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Porsche Cayman R dashboard trim strip with logo
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Cayman S Black Edition

To boost the sales of the outgoing 987.2 generation, the Cayman S Black Edition was launched in July 2011. As the name suggests, it was a cosmetic edition. The car featured the Comfort, Infotainment and Design packages with price reduction. The coupé had the same power as Cayman R and and the same 19" lightweight wheels from Boxster Spyder. Black items included body, wheels, model name, exhaust pipe ends, interior, instrument dials, dashboard and gear lever/selector trim. The equipment included dynamic cornering lights, anti-dazzle mirrors, rain sensor, automatic climate control, Sport Design steering wheel, cruise control, sound system, navigation screen, universal audio interface, Bluetooth.

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Porsche Cayman S 987.2 Black Edition
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Porsche Cayman S 987.2 Black Edition
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Porsche Cayman S 987.2 Black Edition door sill
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Porsche Cayman S 987.2 Black Edition plaque
"000" means it's a prototype © Porsche

The 987.2 cars were launched during the worldwide recession and therefore the sales numbers were low. This was naturally bad news for Porsche, but good news for the 987.2 enthusiasts - these cars are relatively rare. Valmet produced 13.615 facelifted Caymans and with the 987.2 ended the Porsche production in Finland (1997-2011).


Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com

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Cayman 987.2 USA Owner's Manual

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