2007 Porsche Cayman S (987) 3.4 F6 from North America


Luxury, performance, practicality, drivability - the Cayman S is really a dandy


Not tested long term.

General Comments:

Porsche. I don't really think there is much need to say more (but I will anyway). One of Porsche's most recent line-up additions is the 987 Cayman. Introduced in 2005, it has endured a love-hate relationship with the automotive press. Most negativity stemming from the sentiment that the Cayman was purposely held back by design as to not outshine the flagship Porsche 911. On the other hand, the mid-engine configuration, which neutralizes the handling as compared to the sometimes unruly 911, means that the Cayman is one of the best handling cars... anywhere. I drove a Cayman S briefly, yet I was left with a lasting impression.

Firstly, it's a Porsche. Which means endless heritage and lore. The ignition key slot is on the dash to the left of the steering wheel. LeMans aficionados know this is a classic Porsche trait designed to allow the driver to start and put the car into gear at the same time. An invaluable ability in the days of the "running start" at the fabled 24-hour race.

At first impression, the Cayman is really like any other car. It is easy to see out of, the seats are comfortable (actually very much so), and there are all the comforts and practicalities inside that you would expect from a normal sedan car. Porsche offers such a staggering array of options that it is really very unlikely that any two Porsches are identical, even though they do make quite a few of them. The car I drove had a leather interior, sport seats, a 6-speed manual gearbox and standard entertainment system (which I didn't use).

The styling is classic Porsche. Outside, the somewhat bulbous lines are very similar to the Boxster convertible. The car isn't really beautiful, or even aggressive, but it manages to massage the eyes into maybe thinking it isn't so bad looking either. The interior is a model of perfect fit-and-finish, and form following function, another Porsche motif. Everything is just where it should be as not to distract from the driving.

I drove the Cayman S on bumpy, winding back roads, and as you'd expect, the experience was magnificent. The flat 6 sounds better than almost anything, and is signature Porsche sound. The Cayman rides fairly soft for such a sporty car, soaking up the typical Pennsylvania potholes with absolute ease as it corners.

Speaking of corners, believe what you hear when you hear someone tell you driving a Porsche is an organic feeling. I was able to carry on a normal conversation with the passenger as we pounded around corners and screamed up rapid hills on our jaunt. Everything is mind-melting good, to the point where your mind actually does melt and the car guides your motions. The gear change is German efficient and quick thanks to a short throw shifter. And the clutch pedal was surprising light for the high-powered engine that nestles in somewhere behind the cabin. This really is a sports car for your every day drive.

The Cayman S does have two trunks. Thanks to its rear-mid-engine layout, the trunk under the hood offers ample space for luggage, as does the space beneath the hatch. Plus, as a Porsche it is endlessly customizable. I can't even bother to list the options you should probably have as reading a Porsche options list is more intensive than reading War and Peace. Actually, spec'ing your Porsche may be more intensive than actually driving it... Shame really, because you'll really be wanting to get it out on the road.

There are faults, other than the ambiguous Porsche styling. The seats, though comfortable, were noticeably much harder than any other I've sat in. The trunks, though there are two, are too small for ice hockey equipment, and the roof rack option is hideous, so that's out. And of course, it's a Porsche. Which means painful pricing of options (I once spec'ed a Boxster S with $100,000 in optional extras alone, that's twice the price of the standard car) and things like leather interior, proper-looking wheels, paint other than white, red, or yellow, and so forth are pricey extras. And then there's the maintenance costs...

But none of that really matters. What matters is that the Cayman S is really a dandy piece to drive.

-Steven Zebrine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2011

3rd Jan 2019, 16:47

Yes... the Fiero had 2 trunks also.

3rd Jan 2019, 19:27

To carry 2 toolboxes.

3rd Jan 2019, 21:03

And an MR-2, and your point being? A Fiero is just like a Cayman? Like a Corolla is just like an M3 because it has a trunk?

4th Jan 2019, 15:47

And a Fiero isn’t a Porsche.

2005 Porsche Cayman S 3.4 petrol from UK and Ireland




Rear hatch rattles over bumps - a common fault with early build cars, a fix is now available from dealers.

General Comments:

Superb engine, full of torque with excellent high end power. Not temperamental in traffic and quiet when cruising.

The ride is very good considering the type of car, and is very comfortable on the motorway. Tyre noise is quite high.

Steering is full of feel and very direct, but does not kick back or tramline under braking.

Brakes make your eyeballs hit the windscreen, but easy to modulate.

The gearbox is direct and lovely to use, but needs to warm up before the changes are totally smooth.

I tried the car with both 18" & 19" wheels, and decided on the smaller wheel as the ride was better, and it didn't affect the handling enough, but made the ride much firmer, to warrant the extra outlay.

The BOSE stereo option is good, PSM sat nav very good, telephone module very good.

Getting on average (mixture of motorway and city driving) 24/26 mpg.

Can I recommend one - Oh YES, a great car to own and drive, and in my opinion it looks fantastic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2006

8th Apr 2007, 10:07

I love my Cayman S as well. The first thing I noticed weird was how far away fifth gear was from the rest. But, I guess it could just be me. It shifts great, runs well, has a nice, firm sporty clutch as well. Although it has less than 350hp, I find myself often beating cars with much more power. I would recommend to any avid Porsche enthusiast. I currently have a Cayenne TT that is my Daily Driver as well. Also a highly recommended vehicle.

27th Jan 2009, 21:45

The hotttttttttttttest car I have ever seen!!!

19th Feb 2009, 19:34

Fits like a glove, especially for a car enthusiast on a budget.

15th Jul 2012, 21:46

How is the reliability? Maintenance?

9th Nov 2012, 00:28

I thought Porsche Cayman drivers would find this post on durability and customer service helpful:


30th Oct 2014, 22:55

Biggest problem: IMS bearing failure. This happened to my son's Porsche. Just something to be aware of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1lLWRPzdNA

30th Oct 2014, 23:02

When buying a Cayman, just be aware that there are issues, and that those issues are VERY expensive to fix. These include: porous block, slipped sleeve, IMS (intermediate shaft) bearing failure, and D-chunk (failure of the cylinder liner sleeve).

More details at: https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/problemareas