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The editors at TheCarConnection.com have driven the Cayman and included some of their own firsthand observations in this Bottom Line. Additionally, TheCarConnection.com has combed the Web to bring you plenty of insight and opinions from a wide range of reviewers about the 2009 Porsche Cayman and Cayman S.

For 2009, Porsche introduces a second-generation Cayman with a host of mechanical changes. The 2009 Porsche Cayman, situated between the 911 and the Boxster in the brand's lineup, is very closely related to the Boxster roadster.

The 2009 Porsche Cayman boasts a 2.9-liter engine that produces 265 horsepower (a boost over the previous generation). The Cayman S gets a 3.4-liter engine with Direct Fuel Injection that kicks out 320 hp. Porsche touts this second-generation Cayman's power-to-weight ratio (9.3 pounds/horsepower in the 2009 Cayman S), which is designed to give a good performance punch without guzzling fuel. Fuel economy is about 26 mpg. Also new for 2009 is a seven-speed transmission based on Porsche's homegrown system that blows competitors out of the water.

The 2009 Porsche Cayman is a fabulous ride that's worth every penny.

According to Porsche, the Cayman S model can accelerate to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds (0.7 second faster than the Cayman) and reach a top speed of 171 mph.

The engines in the Cayman pump out a sound that's an event in itself. The optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system brings Normal and Sport settings for firmness and allows the driver to set it according to driving style. Both 2009 Porsche Cayman models are a blast to drive, with very sharp steering and braking response; all the pieces come together to make an average driver feel good, yet there's enough capability as they gather for a seasoned driver to experience a good deal more out on the track.

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