Porsche Cayman S 

  • $61k
  • 2009
  • 315 HP 3.4L
  • 172 mph
Porsche says it refined the suspension tuning for 2009, but we can attest that the Cayman has retained the stellar handling and steering feel we have come to love.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2009)
The front fascia is modified as well, and the trapezoidal grille’s orientation is changed.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2008)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Porsche Cayman S

0-60mph

Cayman S
5.2 s
Golf R Golf
9.56 s
Civic Type-R
6.5 s

Top speed

Cayman S
172 mph
Civic Type-R
145 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph

0-100mph

Cayman S
13.1 s
M5 (E60)
9.2 s

1/4 mile

Cayman S
13.7 s
Golf R Golf
17.1 s
Jaguar XKR
11 s

Data points Key details of the Porsche Cayman S

Price

Cayman S
$61k

Horsepower

Cayman S
315 HP
M5 (E60)
500 HP
Golf R Golf
170 HP

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Powertrain

For 2009, the Cayman receives its first freshening, with the base model offering an enlarged flat-six, an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission (PDK in Porsche-speak), and other various tweaks.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2009)
While Porsche's PDK is actually replacing its automatic-based Tiptronic transmissions, inevitably it's going to slowly marginalize the traditional heel-and-toe manual right into oblivion.
by MotorTrend (Mar, 2009)
Until then, last year's five-speed manual gains an extra cog for those of you hopelessly fixated on slow, inexact shifting.
by MotorTrend (Mar, 2009)

Performance

PERFORMANCE RATINGS ( C/D EST): Zero to 60 mph 4.9 sec Standing 1/4-mile 13.4 secTop speed (drag limited) 172 mph.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
Dial the Sports Chrono system to its most aggressive setting, and you get sharper throttle response, firmer damping, a 10mm-lower ride height, and a Porsche Active Stability Management system that's more than happy to let you have some tail-out fun before stepping in to save its own tail-or yours.
by MotorTrend (Nov, 2005)
It might be unfashionable to say so, but I’d willingly sacrifice a few tenths of a second of 0-60mph performance (5.0sec plays 4.7 for the PDK, Sport Chrono-equipped car) to have this greater sense of satisfaction.
by EVO (Feb, 2013)

Transmission

The ZF-supplied, dual-clutch gearbox works flawlessly in automatic mode, with barely noticeable shifts, like other well-developed dual-clutch setups.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2008)
It can be coupled to the standard six-speed manual or the PDK gearbox.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2008)
The Cayman S equipped with a PDK twin-clutch gearbox enjoys a CO2 rating of just 188g/km..
by EVO (Feb, 2013)

Handling

Together with the longer wheelbase it ensures the Cayman feels planted to the road, thanks to brilliant lateral and longitudinal stability and an agility enhancing 46:54 weight distribution front-to-rear.
by EVO (Feb, 2013)
The ride and handling balance has always been near-perfect, and it’s even better now, thanks to a retuned suspension.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2008)
Porsche says that revised Michelin PS2 tires allow for lower pressures in the rear, aimed at enhancing the ride comfort, but they don’t forfeit grip or stability, maintaining a sticky 0.96 g on the skidpad.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2009)

Engine

The engine-as-pendulum issue never needs fixing-because it doesn't exist.
by MotorTrend (Nov, 2005)
The base Cayman’s engine gets a 0.2-liter and 20-hp boost to 2.9 liters and 265 hp, and the Cayman S gains an additional 25 horses, up to 320.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2008)
Those who think mid-engine Porsches are not real Porsches clearly have never driven a Cayman S. The car delivers 90 percent (if not more) of the joy one gets in a 911.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Porsche
Price $60,995
Type of car Production car
Year 2009
City mileage 20 MPG
Highway mileage 29 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.45 lb/hp
Maximum hp 315 HP @ 7,200 RPM
Maximum torque 273 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,977 lb
Width 70.9 in
Height 51.3 in
Length 172.3 in
Wheelbase 95.1 in

road tests

Top speed 172 mph
1/4 mile 13.7 s
0-60mph 5.2 s
0-100mph 13.1 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears

engine

Displacement 3,436 cc
Cylinders Flat 6
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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