2011 Porsche Cayman

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Porsche Cayman. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Handling
  • Braking
  • Dual-clutch automated-manual transmission

The Bad

  • Requires premium gas

Notable Features of the 2011 Porsche Cayman

  • Choice of six-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmissions
  • Standard Bluetooth hands-free phone and USB interfaces

2011 Porsche Cayman Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Porsche's Cayman, and its roadster counterpart, the Boxster, compete with the Audi TT, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette and Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class. The Boxster is covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2011
Cayman and Cayman S models gain a Bluetooth hands-free phone interface and a USB audio port, plus they are available with an assortment of new option groups, including the Convenience, Infotainment, Design and Design Sport Packages.

Exterior
The Cayman has round fog lights — the Boxster's are rectangular — and a larger grille opening. The turn signals are incorporated into the projector-beam halogen headlight clusters. Exterior features include:

  • Standard LED taillights
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights
  • Optional adaptive and auto-leveling headlights

Interior
A 6.5-inch touch-screen controls the audio, communication and navigation systems in this two-seat coupe. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather seats
  • Optional leather, simulated suede and carbon fiber trim
  • Optional heated seats include ventilation function
  • 10-speaker Bose audio system available

Under the Hood
The base engine is a horizontally opposed 2.9-liter six-cylinder with 265 horsepower. The 3.4-liter in the Cayman S generates 320 hp. Both engines are available with a manual or PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. Porsche says the Cayman S with the PDK automatic is the quickest version, able to hit 60 mph in 4.9 secon...

Vehicle Overview

Porsche's Cayman, and its roadster counterpart, the Boxster, compete with the Audi TT, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette and Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class. The Boxster is covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2011
Cayman and Cayman S models gain a Bluetooth hands-free phone interface and a USB audio port, plus they are available with an assortment of new option groups, including the Convenience, Infotainment, Design and Design Sport Packages.

Exterior
The Cayman has round fog lights — the Boxster's are rectangular — and a larger grille opening. The turn signals are incorporated into the projector-beam halogen headlight clusters. Exterior features include:

  • Standard LED taillights
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights
  • Optional adaptive and auto-leveling headlights

Interior
A 6.5-inch touch-screen controls the audio, communication and navigation systems in this two-seat coupe. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather seats
  • Optional leather, simulated suede and carbon fiber trim
  • Optional heated seats include ventilation function
  • 10-speaker Bose audio system available

Under the Hood
The base engine is a horizontally opposed 2.9-liter six-cylinder with 265 horsepower. The 3.4-liter in the Cayman S generates 320 hp. Both engines are available with a manual or PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. Porsche says the Cayman S with the PDK automatic is the quickest version, able to hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional seven-speed PDK automatic with manual-shift mode
  • Direct fuel injection for better performance, gas mileage
  • Optional adaptive suspension

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Dual front airbags
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock disc brakes
  • Electronic stability system

 


Latest 2011 Cayman Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(3.7)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

It's a Porsche

by m4840c on April 23, 2018

If your looking for a fun, fast, great handling vehicle, no need to look any further. The car sales itself. Definitely needs to be on your bucket list! Read full review

(2.0)

Very costly car

by Mizell222 from Denham Springs La on February 14, 2018

Very rough riding factory tires wear out before 20k miles oil changes costly along with any other repairs Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Porsche Cayman currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Porsche Cayman has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    8 years/100,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain warranty

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    111-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cayman received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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