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2006 Porsche Cayman S

After the initial announcement several months ago that Porsche was going to release a small mid-engine coupe, they have finally released the first official images of its anxiously awaited new sports car — the 2006 Porsche Cayman S. Based on the Boxster® series, the two-seat coupe incorporates dramatic new styling, a powerful 295 hp (SAE) engine, and features and options made popular by Porsche’s current range of sports cars.

It is positioned and priced between the Porsche 911® Carrera® and Porsche Boxster S. While easily recognizable as a member of the Porsche sports car family, the Cayman S has its own distinctive look. Among its unique styling features are its dynamic new coupe silhouette, aerodynamic upper windshield sill, curvaceous rear fenders, fog lamps integrated into the front air intakes, exclusively designed side air intakes, automatically extending rear spoiler, and newly styled dual sport tailpipes. Beneath the new model’s distinguishing hatchback is a rear storage area twice the size (9.2 cu. ft.) of that found in the Boxster.

2006 Porsche Cayman S

The Cayman S’s muscular 3.4-liter, flat-six cylinder engine propels the car from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 5.1 seconds and to a top track speed of an impressive 171 mph. The engine is equipped with the same VarioCam® Plus variable valve timing system as found on the 2005 911 Carrera. It allows the engine to produce its maximum torque of 255 ft. lbs. between 4,200 and 6,000 rpm.

This engine power is transmitted through the Boxster S’s standard six-speed manual transmission that has been enhanced for the Cayman S with shortened and more precise shift travel. Offered as an option, the five-speed Tiptronic® S automatic transmission system has been tuned specifically for the new model, incorporating unique electronic and hydraulic control maps.

Handling and safety are enhanced with the fitting of 18-inch wheels and tires and the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system as standard equipment. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which allows the driver to select between the comfort of a grand touring car and the track-ready precision of a genuine high-performance sports car at the touch of a button, is available as an option.

The Cayman S will go on sale in the United States and Canada in mid January of 2006.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $ $58 000 USD
engine Flat-6
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cylinder
fuel feed Fuel Injection
displacement 3386 cc / 206.6 in³
bore 96 mm / 3.78 in
stroke 78 mm / 3.07 in
compression 11.1:1
power 220.0 kw / 295 bhp @ 6250 rpm
specific output 87.12 bhp per litre
torque 345.73 nm / 255 ft lbs @ 4200-4600 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD
front brakes Vented Discs
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Vented Discs
r brake size mm / in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Speed Sensitive Rack & Pinion
f suspension McPherson Struts w/Aluminum Control & Track Arms
r suspension McPherson Struts w/Aluminum Control & Track Arms
wheelbase 2415 mm / 95.1 in
front track 1486 mm / 58.5 in
rear track 1528 mm / 60.2 in
length 4341 mm / 170.9 in
width 1801 mm / 70.9 in
height 1305 mm / 51.4 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~275.2 kph / 171 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.8 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~11.4 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~13.0 seconds

Auction Sales History

2006 Porsche Cayman S

2008 Porsche Cayman S Track Car WP0AB29818U781182. The Andrews’s Cayman S has been highly modified from stock, including being fully converted to racing specifications by way of numerous modifications. First and foremost, this Cayman was fitted with a brand-new 3.8-liter flat-six engine from a Type 997 by Boardwalk Porsche Racing.

It also features the desirable X51 Powerkit, which brings its total output to 381 brake horsepower. A CMS six-speed manual gearbox was also fitted to the car to provide for faster shifts, as were larger ventilated disc brakes at all four corners and lightweight 18-inch Fiske wheels mounted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. The suspension has also been stiffened with full hard-linked suspension upgrades. Finally, for greater downforce at speed, an adjustable Aeromotions rear spoiler was added to keep the Cayman firmly planted. Auction Source: Paul & Chris Andrews Collection by RM Sotheby’s