Porsche Cayman S (2005-2008)


The Cayman S was the first Cayman variant to be released and was the more powerful model.

The Cayman was essentially a Boxster with a fixed roof and hatchback. However, the stiffer bodyshell meant that Porsche could endow the coupe with stiffer suspension settings to make the Cayman a better-handling car.

The S was powered by a mid-mounted 3.4-litre, flat-six boxer engine derived from the 3.2 litre powerplant with cylinder heads from the 997 S’s 3.8-litre engine, with VarioCam Plus inlet valve timing and lift system. Note, though, that this engine was also fitted to the Boxster S from 2007.

The power was fed through a six-speed manual Getrag 466 gearbox, while a five-speed Tiptronic transmission was optional. Other options included PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), PCCB (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes) and a Sports Chrono Package.

Much of the Cayman’s interior was shared with that of the Boxster and, like the open car, it was strictly a two-seater. However, the large opening rear hatch made the Cayman a surprisingly practical car.

Capacity: 3387cc
Compression ratio: 11.1:1
Maximum power: 295bhp at 6250rpm
Maximum torque: 340Nm at 4800-6000rpm
Brakes: Front: 318mm discs; rear: 299mm discs. Servo assisted with ABS. Optional PCCB
Suspension: Front: strut located by a control arm, coil springs, antiroll bar; Rear: Strut located by one trailing link and two lateral links, coil springs, antiroll bar
Wheels & tyres: Front: 8Jx18 with 235/40ZR18 tyres. Rear: 9Jx18 with 265/40ZR18 tyres
Length: 4341mm
Width 1801mm
Weight: 1340kg
0-62mph: 5.4sec (manual)
Top speed: 171mph (manual)