The base version of the Porsche Cayman was released in 2006, following from the Cayman S released in the previous year. This is unusual for Porsche, as typically they work their way up through the models, teasing more exclusive and more powerful models as time goes on. With the launch of the (at the time) new Cayman, they in fact went straight with the Cayman S and released the Cayman in 2006.

The Cayman came equipped with the 2.7 flat-six found in the Boxster that produced 245hp. There were 3 choices of drive-train, the 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) or the third being a Tiptronic S five-speed automatic. The PASM option would also lower the ride height by 10mm making it even more connected to the road. The biggest compliments that the Cayman receives is around the handling ability, and here is where it started.

How to spot

  • Small round spotlamps in front intakes
  • Shark gill side air intakes
  • Centrally mounted large bore-exhaust


Capacity: 2687cc

Compression ratio: 11.3:1

Maximum Power: 245hp @ 6500rpm

Maximum Torque: 272Nm @ 4600-6000rpm

Brakes: Front: 318mm discs; rear: 299mm discs; servo assisted with ABS; optional PCCB

Suspension: Front: Independent MacPherson struts with aluminum control arms, coil springs,
stabilizer bar and negative steering-roll radius Rear: Independent MacPherson struts with aluminum control arms and stabilizer bar;
toe-angle control

Wheels & Tyres: Front:6.5J x 17 with 205/55 ZR 17. Rear: 8J x 17 with 235/50 ZR 17

Length: 4372mm

Width: 1801mm

Weight: >1300kg

Did you Know?

The name Cayman reflects the Caiman alligator, and Porsche sued Crocs (shoes) for using the Cayman name.