A Look Back on the Porsche Cayman Mk 1

The all-new second generation Porsche Cayman launched late last year replaced the original model, introduced in 2005. The mid-engined entry-level Porsche coupe was a hardtop version of the Boxster, with which it shared all underpinnings. However, it was marketed as a more expensive proposition, as it had more powerful engines and a more rigid body (thanks to the roof) that translated into better handling. The Cayman received a facelift in 2009 that brought it even more power, with the base model gaining a 2.9-liter flat-six engine instead of the previous 2.7-liter, while the Cayman S received more juice from the 6-cylinder 3.4-liter boxer engine (320hp). A year later came the most hardcore model of the range, the Cayman R, which was lighter and more powerful (330hp) and could sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package. But why is the first-generation Cayman such a special car now that there’s a brand new model around? Well, you’ll have to watch XCAR’s review to find out. By Dan Mihalascu