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Porsche Cayman Specs2005 Porsche Cayman

The Porsche Cayman in essence is the Boxster coupe SS. Its code name before entering production was 987 C7S 987 of course being the model designation of the Boxster. The cars certainly have a lot in common, from the chassis to the wheelbase. In all, 40% of the cars internal components are shared with the remainder derived from other cars in Porsche’s range, namely the 911.

The Cayman has a number of distinct differences over the Boxster which contributes to the models superiority over the Boxster no doubt, as Porsche intended. The cars drag co-efficient has been reduced from 0.30 to 0.29 and the car’s torsional rigidity has been improved thanks to the addition of a solid roof.

The engine saw modest gains over the Boxster with an additional 15 BHP and 15lbft of torque from a 200 cc larger flat six engine, the tires, wheels and brakes were the same as the Boxster’s as these small improvements are well within the capabilities of the existing hardware.

Retailing for £44k it sits between the Boxster S (£39k) and the entry level 911 Carrera (£58k) creating a pricing structure as carefully engineered as the car itself, preventing the Cayman poaching too many potential 911 owners. The 3.6 litre 911 engine would fit just as easily into the Cayman but this might have proven problematic down the line.

The car is 0.1 seconds quicker to 60 mph and has a 4 mph faster top speed than the Boxster, inhibited by the 96mm 911 bore and 78mm 987 bore.  Much of the interior is shared with the Boxster. True to form it keeps the style and exclusive feel of traditional Porsches.

Year

2005

Layout Mid-engined, RWD
Chassis Steel monocoque
Body Mainly steel
Length / width / height 4341 / 1801 / 1305 mm
Wheelbase 2415 mm
Engine Flat-6
Capacity 3386 cc
Valve gears DOHC 24 valves, VVT+VVL
Induction VIM
Other engine features -
Max power 295 hp
Max torque 251 lbft
Transmission 6-speed manual
Suspension layout All struts
Suspension features -
Tires F: 235/35ZR19
R: 265/35ZR19
Kerb weight 1340 kg
Top speed 171 mph (c)
0-60 mph (sec) 4.8 / 4.8 / 5.1
0-100 mph (sec) 11.4 / 11.7 / 12.0

 

2007 Porsche Cayman

Porsche launched the Cayman S first, hoping to stymie any criticism from people inferring it as little more than a Boxster coupe. The fact it came with a 3.4-litre engine gave it a leg up on its rival the Boxster S. The strategy has paid off placing enough ground between the two marques that many Porsche enthusiasts see the Cayman sitting between the entry-level Boxster and the expensive 911.

The Cayman displaces the same 2687cc as the entry level Boxster. Porsche included the 911’s VarioCam Plus over the old VarioCam variable valve; the two-stage system adds 5 horsepower, increasing the figure to 245hp and torque to 201 lbft. Not bad for a 2.7-litre class engine. However, hese figures don’t compare as well to other roadsters boasting 3.0 and 3.5-litre engines which can unleash 270 to 300hp. Making the Cayman appear rather disappointing.

A month after its introduction Porsche declared the Boxster line would be getting the same engines as the Cayman and Cayman S. The loss of its superior performance in essence rendered the Cayman a Boxster Coupe; making the £3,000-£4,000 Cayman premium near scandalous.

Year

2006

Layout Mid-engined, RWD
Chassis Steel monocoque
Body Mainly steel
Length / width / height 4341 / 1801 / 1305 mm
Wheelbase 2415 mm
Engine Flat-6
Capacity 2687 cc
Valve gears DOHC 24 valves, VVT+VVL
Induction VIM
Other engine features -
Max power 245 hp
Max torque 201 lbft
Transmission 5-speed manual
Suspension layout All struts
Suspension features -
Tires F: 205/55ZR17
R: 235/50ZR17
Kerb weight 1300 kg
Top speed 160 mph (c)
0-60 mph (sec) 5.8 (c) / 5.5 / 6.1
0-100 mph (sec) 14.2 (c) / 14.1 / 15.2