2009 Porsche Cayman

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Freshened front and rear fascia with new LED illumination
  • New direct-injection engines
  • New dual-clutch \"PDK\" transmission
  • Revised suspension
  • Upgraded infotainment system with iPod integration
  • Available ceramic brake upgrade
  • New ventilated seat option
After the success of the convertible Porsche Boxster model, first launched in 1997, the German automaker went back to the drafting books to re-engineer the chassis with a fixed steel roof. The result, introduced in 2006, was called the Porsche Cayman. The closed-roof coupe offered half the chassis flex of the open-top Boxster while sharing the identical powerplant, drivetrain, suspension and brakes, according to Porsche. As a complete package, the 2-seat Cayman offered race-worthy performance to rival the car's iconic big brother, the 911 Carrera. For the 2009 model year, Porsche has significantly upgraded both models of the Cayman with an exterior facelift including new LED running lights and tail lamps, two new engines, new dual-clutch transmission, and a host of other improvements that once again raise the bar on its performance level.

Porsche offers a standard 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty on the 2009 Cayman. A roadside assistance program mirrors the duration of the limited warranty, while a limited corrosion warranty extends a full 10 years, regardless of mileage.

Model Lineup
Porsche is offering two Cayman models for 2009: Cayman and Cayman S. Each rear-wheel-drive 2-passenger coupe offers responsive and agile handling, according to the maker. While both models have few peers in their segment, the Cayman S differentiates itself from the standard model with its larger and more powerful engine, recalibrated suspension, stronger brakes, and wider wheels and tires to achieve even higher levels of performance.

All Porsche Cayman models for 2009 feature a long list of standard equipment including power windows and locks, cruise control and an on-board computer. Option packages include the DVD-based Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. It has been upgraded for 2009 with a new larger 6.5-inch touch-sensitive screen with fewer buttons to simplify its use. The optional Porsche Sound Package Plus comes with a radio, CD player and 9 speakers. The upgraded Bose Surround System audio package features a 7-channel digital amplifier and no fewer than 10 speakers. Other options include new ventilated seats with heating (they can be used simultaneously), and bi-Xenon adaptive headlamps. As is customary with Porsche, customers may also choose from a long list of optional seats, wheels, upholstery combinations, and exterior colors to customize their Cayman.

The standard Cayman is fitted with a 2.9-liter, horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine rated at 265 hp and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. The Cayman S features a 3.4-liter, horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine rated at 320 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission on both cars is a traditional 6-speed manual. Optional, and new for 2009, is the Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch automatic transmission. Depending on the driver-selected setting, the transmission can be programmed to act like a traditional automatic with soft shifts or sped up in \"sport mode\" for more aggressive shifting, according to Porsche. For driving on the track or under race conditions, the transmission offers \"launch control\" for its fastest acceleration mode. According to Porsche, the standard Cayman will accelerate to 62 mph in 5.8 seconds with the 6-speed manual, and 5.7 seconds with the PDK. The Cayman will hit 164 mph without restrictions, the maker adds. The more powerful Cayman S model will pull itself to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds with the 6-speed transmission, and 5.1 seconds with the PDK. The top speed of the Cayman S is 172 mph. The EPA has not released fuel-economy ratings for the 2009 Cayman as of this writing.

The Cayman engines are all-aluminum, water-cooled, and mounted in the middle of the chassis (mid-mounted) for optimal handling and balance, Porsche says. The suspension on both models is independent front and rear with MacPherson struts and twin-tube gas-filled shock absorbers. The standard wheels are 17 inches in diameter and made of cast aluminum. The Cayman S features wider 18-inch wheels for more cornering grip. On vehicles equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the shock absorbers are actively controlled. The brakes on the Cayman are 4-wheel discs, featuring 4-piston aluminum monobloc calipers with cross-drilled inner-ventilated brake rotors. The Cayman S models feature an upgraded braking system with larger calipers and rotors. New for 2009, high-performance ceramic brakes are optional on the Cayman S model. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard on all models.

The 2-seat Cayman models are built with a lightweight, hot-galvanized all-steel body shell. In addition to the standard two-stage frontal air bags, all versions of the 2009 Porsche Cayman are equipped with 3-point inertia-reel seat belts with belt-latch tensioners and belt-force limiters. The standard Porsche Side Impact Protection (POSIP) system adds torso-protecting thorax side-impact air bags and special head-protecting side-impact air bags which deploy from the windowsills on each door. The Cayman and Cayman S are equipped with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and the Porsche Tire Pressuring Monitoring System (TPMS) as standard equipment.

The 2009 Porsche Cayman has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Both the 2009 Porsche Cayman and Cayman S are equipped with a non-intrusive stability control system that is specifically designed for performance driving, according to the manufacturer. Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is a computerized system that compares data from an assortment of sensors measuring wheel speed, vehicle speed, and engine speed to help maintain the car's intended path should the car exceed its dynamic limits. To bring the Cayman back under the driver's control, PSM applies individual brake force to a slipping wheel. If more intervention is required, PSM works with the engine control module to reduce engine power briefly. To allow the driver more latitude, the PSM is engineered to intervene less at slower speeds and it can be switched off by the driver for track use.


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