The 981 model year is where the Cayman really came to life. In the 981 series came the GT4 for the first time, and the Cayman GTS.  Focusing on the entry Cayman, the 981 makes major improvements throughout. The new Cayman is a 2.7-litre engine producing 275hp, available as both 6-speed manual and 7-speed PDK. The 2.7 manual will get you a 0-60mph time of just 5.5 seconds, which is great performance considering that this isn’t the S, GTS or GT4 variant.

The design changes are fantastic, with this Cayman looking much sportier and sleeker than before. It is longer, wider and lower than any Cayman before it. These design choices really make the 981 Cayman step out of the 911’s shadow. With the prices now, it may be surprising to believe that this car started at the £40k mark when new from Porsche, which is superb value for money.

After this model year, Porsche favour turbo-charged engines over naturally aspirated, making this the last naturally aspirated flat-six Porsche Cayman. This paired with a six-speed manual is a true driving experience.

How to spot

  • Large dynamic front air intakes
  • Doors mold/curve to the large side air intakes
  • Deployed rear spoiler (75mph+)
  • LED Taillights
  • Central exhaust


Capacity: 2706cc

Compression ratio: 12.5:1

Maximum Power: 275hp@ 7400rpm

Maximum Torque: 290Nm @ 4500-6500rpm

Brakes: Front: 318mm discs; rear: 299mm discs

Suspension: McPherson struts. Coil springs.

Wheels & Tyres: Front: 8J x 18 ET 57 with 235/45 ZR 18. Rear: 9J x 18 ET 47 with 265/45 ZR 18

Length: 4379mm

Width: 1801mm

Weight: Manual: 1310kg OR Auto: 1340kg

Did you Know?

This was the first Cayman (& Boxster) to have electric assisted steering