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Porsche Cayman Published: 20th Aug 2018 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Porsche Cayman
Porsche Cayman
Porsche Cayman
Porsche Cayman
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On the face of it, Cayman appears to be a coupé offshoot of the hugely successful Boxster. However, this model has become much more than that and is more like a lower rank 911, especially when it comes to value for money as you buy good if somewhat used original for around £15,000 – what sort of 911 will this now get you? Don’t think you’re automatically buying the lesser car either as Caymans dish up the sort of raw thrills that 911s used to before computers and comfort took a precedence.

The model we are focusing on concerns the 718 which ran from 2006 to 2013 – this model is likely to become pretty collectible as the new Cayman relies on four-cylinder turbo power which, for some, doesn’t hold quite the same appeal.


The Cayman is a champion Boxster, having all the plus points of the convertible but with a more rigid, stiffer enclosed body which becomes apparent with this Porsche’s handling and ride, making an already cracking sports car even better especially when hooked up to PASM; Porsche Active Suspension Management. Power starts with 245bhp 2.7 fl at six and, for the S, 295bhp. You won’t want more, but the Gen2 range from 2013 sports a 2.9 unit with 265bhp and 315bhp respectively. One benefit of the Gen2 car is that it has a snappier, sharper (PDK) automatic; easier cars used a five-speed Tiptronic. If the Cayman has one drawback, for some owners, its possibly that it’s still only twoseater; Audi’s TT is a passable 2+2.

You can buy a good S for under £20,000 or a better regular car for the same outlay with good warranties. Add another ten grand to the budget and you are looking at Gen2 cars and one of the sought after limited run models (see below).


2006 Launched, as part of the recently revamped 987 Boxster family, albeit as a two-seater hatchback coupé that took certain style cues from earlier 356 and 901 fastbacks. Standard model use Boxster 2.7-litre ‘fl at six’ with the S boasting 3.4-litres (all with slightly more power) plus six-speed manual (this was optional on base model) or Tiptronic automatic

2009 Gen 2 introduced with notable revisions such as bigger 2.9-litre for base models. More importantly, the new engines did way with the Intermediate Shaft design, which blighted earlier Boxsters and Caymans. Porsche’s racing-bred seven-speed PDK transmission replaces earlier Tiptronic set up

2012 New range which, like the Boxster, has longer wheelbase and wider track plus 911-style cabin. Options include active damping, ceramic brakes and an electronically controlled sport mode (Sport Chrono Package)

Best models

Generation 1

Best value and you don’t need the S for thrills although latter’s 3.4 feels much faster and sports six-speed manual. Good choice so be pretty picky

Generation 2

Overall, are the better cars, chiefly their pace, and the PDK auto is far nicer than original Tiptronic. Active ride option is worth having


Fair choice available such as the Design Edition, the S Sport, plus the Gen 2 S Black and R. Others to consider include Sport Chrono and S Sport

Top buying tips


Very much a car where you get what you pay for and there’s some well used examples on sale best avoided even though the prices may tempt you


Check how many owners have been logged; an HPI check to unearth past accidents is well worth having, or have the comprehensive factory check and subsequent approved warranty


Low miles with skipped oil changes are a concern as are tales of 3.4 engines suffering bore issues. A good specialist can check whether any engine has been over-revved in the past and how many times – not unknown for cars that frequent track days

Running gear

Check for a general ‘loose feel’ in the chassis, suspension and even gear change that suggests hard use. Tiptronic gearbox was never that sporty at the best of times but system has been known to play up (usually through lack of oil and fi lter changes) and can cost thousands to put right

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