Porsche Cayman 987.2 (2009-2012)Official photos: 2008 November 18
Premiere: 2008 November 19, Los Angeles Auto Show
Market launch: 2009 February
|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
|manual 6-speed||5.8 sec.||13.4 sec.||22.0 sec.||25.4 sec.||165 mph
|PDK 7-speed||*5.5/5.7 sec.||*12.9/13.2 sec.||* /21.8 sec.||* /25.2 sec.||163 mph
|Cayman S||3.4B6||235 kW||272 lb-ft
|manual 6-speed||5.2 sec.||11.4 sec.||18.1 sec.||24.1 sec.||172 mph
|PDK 7-speed||*4.9/5.1 sec.||*10.9/11.2 sec.||* /17.9 sec.||* /23.9 sec.||171 mph
|Cayman S Black Edition||3.4B6||243 kW||272 lb-ft
|manual 6-speed||5.1 sec.||173 mph
|PDK 7-speed||*4.8/5.0 sec.||172 mph
|Cayman R||3.4B6||243 kW||272 lb-ft
|manual 6-speed||5.0 sec.||10.7 sec.||17.2 sec.||175 mph
|PDK 7-speed||*4.7/4.9 sec.||*10.2/10.5 sec.||*16.7/17.0 sec.||174 mph
* 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.
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.
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|
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
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.
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.
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).
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