The Porsche Cayman
is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive
2-seat sports car
produced by Porsche AG
of Germany. First launched in the 2006 model year
, the Cayman is a coupé
derived from Porsche's second generation Boxster
convertible. Like the Boxster, most Caymans were assembled in Finland for Porsche by Valmet Automotive
(the rest are assembled in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, Germany). Porsche's Deputy Chairman, Holger P. Haerter stated that their contract with Valmet Automotive will end in 2012, and the Cayman's production will be outsourced to Magna Steyr
Fahrzeugtechnik of Graz, Austria. (Panorama, 2008). More recently, as Volkswagen assumed ultimate control of Porsche AG, that agreement fell through, and the production of both Caymans and Boxsters after 2012 will be in the former Karmann plant in Osnabruck, now owned by Volkswagen and used for production of the new 2012 Golf Cabriolet.
Development and first generation
After two years of development, the first model of the coupé to be released was the Cayman S
(type 987120). Photographs and technical details were released in May 2005, but the public unveiling did not take place until the September Frankfurt Motor Show
. The S suffix (for Sport) indicated that this was a higher performance version of a then unreleased normal model. That model, the Cayman
(987110), went on sale in July 2006. A motorsport-tuned model, the......