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PERFORMANCE | 9 out of 10
what stands out most is its exquisitely subtle software and seven-speed range of ratios
when a car's power and efficiency both increase, it usually means one thing: direct injection, and that's the technology that's been added
stirring performance capabilities and the soul of road-going Porsches of days past
Performance kicks up a notch on the 2009 Porsche Cayman, thanks to a completely new line of engines.
The 2009 Porsche Cayman lineup features two engines, both upgraded. Car and Driver notes that "both engines are closely related to the upgraded engines in the 911, and both are revised, most significantly through the addition of direct fuel-injection to the engines in S models." Cars.com also points out the fuel injection: "When a car's power and efficiency both increase, it usually means one thing: direct injection, and that's the technology that's been added." The base 2009 Cayman now has a 2.9-liter boxer engine that makes 265 horsepower at 7,200 rpm, while the Cayman S has a 3.4-liter engine that makes 320 hp at 7,200 rpm. Car and Driver notes that the 2009 Porsche Cayman tops out at 164 mph; it can get from 0-60 in about 5.5 seconds. The Cayman S can get there in 5 seconds flat (4.9, according to Cars.com) and tops out at 172 mph.
The transmission has also been revamped for the 2009 Porsche Cayman. The new entry is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission known as PDK (or, more impressively, Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe), according to Car and Driver. Motor Trend reports that this transmission shines when compared with standard double-clutch offerings: "what stands out most is its exquisitely subtle software and seven-speed range of ratios." Cars.com explains that the transmission "offers an automatic mode as well as a manual using lever or steering-wheel buttons." Car and Driver says that "shift action is so quick that cars equipped with the dual-clutch transmission will out-accelerate manual models," while Motor Trend likes that the transmissions shifts "take no time at all as the clutches' handoff is so refined there's no appreciable moment of zero torque." The reviewer goes on to note that "its autonomous shifts are as fluid and logical as any slushbox automatic's."
Car and Driver reports that the 2009 Porsche Cayman does well in terms of gas mileage, largely due to its low weight.
When it comes to handling in the Cayman, Porsche's new coupe is nearly without peer. In terms of steering, Autoblog reviewers rave that "the feedback and response is exemplary" and the Porsche Cayman "needs zero input to hold a steady line." Furthermore, they note the 2009 Porsche Cayman has "nearly indiscernible body roll." Kelley Blue Book says, "even among all the legendary Porsche models, it's hard to recall a car that feels so utterly right under virtually all dynamic conditions." When it comes time to stop, ConsumerGuide finds that "braking is strong and confidence inspiring." For drivers who can afford it, Edmunds would "highly recommend the optional PASM suspension package," which in "Normal mode meets the demands of practical daily driving and handles bumps in the road without sacrificing performance, while the Sport mode takes thrill-seeking weekend drives to a whole new level."
The 2009 Porsche Cayman pushes the limits even higher, and it’s enjoyable for amateurs and racers alike.