Porsche Cayman 987 (2nd Generation) Research Hub (2007 - 2012)
This is your center for all things first gen Porsche Cayman (built on the 2nd gen Boxster platform).
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The Cayman S was first unveiled in 2005 and went on sale in late 2005 as a 2006 model year car. A year later, the base Cayman showed up as a 2007 model year car. Both the Cayman and second generation Boxster roadster shared their mid-engine platform and many components. The two cars share the same chassis, with the same wheelbase, width and tracks. Although the sheet metal is different, they share windscreen, doors, cabin and 40 percent of the other components, while the remaining components either come from 911 or are adapted from both cars. The suspension design is fundamentally the same as that of the Boxster with revised settings due to the stiffer chassis with the car's fixed roof. They were also assembled at the same place, Finland, by Valmet. Of course, the Cayman got a fixed roof which increased torsional rigidity by an astonishing 150 percent and lowers drag coefficient from the roadster's 0.30 to 0.29.
The Cayman S was powered by a 3.4-litre flat-six mated to a 6-speed manual transaxle, a 2.7-litre engine with a 5-speed transmission was standard for the base model. An electronically controlled 5-speed automatic (Tiptronic) was also available on the S and base models. The Boxster and Boxster S models received a facelift in 2008. Changes included an increase in engine displacement to 2.9-litre for the Boxster, incorporation of Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) for the Boxster S. Both models now came standard with a new 6-speed manual gearbox and were available with a 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual clutch gearbox. Cosmetic changes included new head and tail lights, larger front air intakes with incorporated day time running lights, and an altered lower rear end flanked by twin diffusers.
A facelift of the Porsche Cayman followed in February 2009. As with the Boxster, the base Cayman's engine displacement was increased to 2.9-litre while the Cayman S gained direct injection. Both the Cayman and Cayman S maintained a 7 kW (10 PS; 9 hp) power advantage over their roadster sibling, the Boxster. A limited slip differential was now a factory option.
Note: We haven't lost our minds. We are classifying the first generation Cayman as the second generation Cayman on this website. The reason is simple. The Cayman (project 987C) and the second generation Boxster roadster (project 987) shared the same mid-engine platform and many components. Since both the Boxster and Cayman have stated in lockstep since, it made sense to to align generation for the purposes of research. You will see the first generation Cayman referred to as the second generation Cayman throughout this site. It keeps things much neater in following generations.
987 Porsche Cayman Basics
Type: 987C (987.1, 987.2) / Generation: First Generation / Manufacturer: Porsche AG / Production Years: 2006 - 2012 / Model Years: 2006 - 2012 / Body Style: 2-Door Coupe / Layout: Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive / Engines: 2.7 L M96.25 / M97.20 flat-6 (2005–2008), 2.9 L M96.26/MA1.20 flat-6 (2009–2012), 3.2 L M96.26 flat-6 (2005–2006), 3.4 L M97.21/M97.22/MA1.21/MA1.22 flat-6 (2007–2012) / Transmission: 5-speed automatic, 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK / Official photos: 2005 May 23 / Premiere: 2005 September 14, IAA Frankfurt motor show press day / Market launch: 2005 November 26
Porsche Cayman 987 Timelines & Details
This graphic breaks out the first generation Porsche Cayman (built on the second generation Boxster platform) in terms of timelines and how to tell all the models apart. After two years of development, the first model of the fastback coupé to be released was the Cayman S (987.1 or 987C). The base Cayman came a year later as a 2007 model year car. A revised version of the Porsche Cayman 987 was introduced on 21 February 2009, with a totally new engine (MA1.20/MA1.21). There were several special editions cars, most exciting of which was the Cayman R.
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.
|Specifications||718 Boxster (982)||718 Boxster S (982)||718 Boxster GTS (982)||718 Boxster T (982)||718 Spyder (982)||718 Boxster GTS 4.0 (982)|
|Model Years||2017 - Present||2017 - Present||2018 - Present||2020 - Present||2020 - Present||2020 - Present|
|Layout||Mid-engined, RWD||Mid-engined, RWD||Mid-engined, RWD||Mid-engined, RWD||Mid-engined, RWD||Mid-engined, RWD|
|Chassis||Steel monocoque||Steel monocoque||Steel monocoque||Steel monocoque||Steel monocoque||Steel monocoque|
|Body||Mainly steel||Mainly steel||Mainly steel||Mainly steel||Mainly steel||Mainly steel|
|Length / width / height||4379 / 1801 / 1280 mm||4379 / 1801 / 1280 mm||4379 / 1801 / 1280 mm||4379 / 1801 / 1280 mm||4379 / 1801 / 1280 mm||4379 / 1801 / 1280 mm|
|Wheelbase||2474 mm||2474 mm||2474 mm||2474 mm||2474 mm||2474 mm|
|Engine Full||2.0 L Turbocharged Flat-4||2.5 L Turbocharged Flat-4||2.5 L Turbocharged Flat-4||2.0 L Turbocharged Flat-4||4.0 L Nat Aspirated Flat-6||4.0 L Nat Aspirated Flat-6|
|Capacity||1988 cc||2479 cc||2479 cc||1988 cc||3995 cc||3995 cc|
|Valve gears||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)|
|Max power||296 bhp @ 6500 rpm||345 bhp @ 6500 rpm||360 bhp @ 6500 rpm||296 bhp @ 6500 rpm||414 bhp @ 7600 rpm||395 bhp @ 7800 rpm|
|Max torque||280 ft lbs @ 1950 rpm||310 ft lbs @ 1900 rpm||310 ft lbs @ 1900 rpm||280 ft lbs @ 1950 rpm||310 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm||310 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK||6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK||6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK||6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK||6-speed manual||6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK|
|Suspension layout||All struts||All struts||All struts||All struts||All struts||All struts|
|Kerb weight||2,943 lbs (1335 kg)||3053 lbs (1385 kg)||3031 lbs (1375 kg)||3031 lbs (1375 kg)||3031 lbs (1375 kg)||3031 lbs (1375 kg)|
|Top speed||171 mph||177 mph||180 mph||171 mph||187 mph||182 mph|
|0-60 mph (sec)||4.5 seconds||4.2 seconds||4.3 seconds||4.5 seconds||4.4 seconds||4.3 seconds|
|1/4 Mile (sec)||12.2 seconds||11.9 seconds||11.9 seconds||12.2 seconds||N/A||N/A|
718 Boxster (982):
718 Boxster S (982):
718 Boxster GTS (982):
718 Boxster T (982):
718 Spyder (982):
718 Boxster GTS 4.0 (982):
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