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Adaptive Sport Seats [P01]

Adaptive Sport Seats
Option Code: P01 Prices:
2006-2008 2009-2010
$3,055 $2,695

Description:

The Adaptive Sport Seats give you all of the sporty feel of the Leather Sport Seats, all of the features of the Power Seats plus electronic control of the bolsters.

Features include:

  • Lumbar support, bottom, side and shoulder bolsters are pneumatically adjustable
  • Electric adjustment of fore/aft position, seat height, seat bottom angle, seat back angle.
  • Memory for seat and exterior mirror positions (bolster and lumbar settings can not be memorized)
  • Right side park assist mirror when in reverse
  • Seat backs are finished in a Volcano Gray hard shell

Pictures: (click a picture for a closer look)

Adaptive Sport Seat

Zornet's Adaptive Sport Seat


Benefits: These seats provide the best of both worlds, maximum sport and maximum luxury with near infinite adjustment abilities.  These are the only seats available with adjustable bolsters, which may likely make them the choice for demanding drivers.  The ultimate adjustability and memory functions make these a great pick for Caymans that are routinely driven by more than one person.

 

Drawbacks: Entering and exiting a car with sport seats takes a little more flexibility than with standard seats. These things are not cheap and they are considerably heavier (up to 20lbs per seat) than the mechanical sport seats.  Purists or track junkies may not want to have the extra weight in their car.  Some members have reported that these seats seem a bit tighter than other seats.

 

More Information: Informative Threads:

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Gator Bite but has now been updated by our FAQ Team. Last Revised: April 2010


Automatic Climate Control (ACC) [573]

Automatic Climate Control
Option Code: 573 Price: $550

Description:

Automatic Climate Control (a.k.a. ACC) is a 'Set it and forget it' option that takes control of all aspects of the ventilation system including fan speed, output air temperature and output air distribution.  A solar sensor compensates for the effects of sunlight within the cabin, providing very accurate and intelligent temperature control.  Despite these automatic abilities, all of the ventilation characteristics can also be controlled manually. 

Visually there is little difference between the standard climate control and the automatic climate control.  It would take a keen eye to notice that the standard temperature bar graph is replaced with a numeric temperature indicator and the 'AC Max' button is replaced with an 'Auto' button.


Pictures: (click a picture for a closer look)

Standard Climate Control

Automatic Climate Control

Standard Climate Control

Automatic Climate Control


Benefits:

Many owners who have a Cayman with Automatic Climate Control indicate that it performs very well and in many cases much better than the Automatic Climate Control systems in their other cars, including Lexus and Infiniti vehicles.

Sport Chrono Plus bonus - On vehicles equipped with Sport Chrono Plus, individual air conditioning settings can be memorized and linked to each key.

Drawbacks:

The only complaint typically received about the ACC unit is that it costs $550 and is an option, many members feel that in a car of this caliber that the ACC should be a standard no-cost item.

Upgrading - Because Caymans contain hand made vehicle specific wiring harnesses, upgrading after purchase is not economically practical.

More Information: Informative Threads:

 

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Gator Bite and later revised by K-Man S and our FAQ TeamLast Revised: April 2010


BiXenon Headlights (with Dynamic Cornering Lights) [P74/(P75)]

Bi Xenon Headlights
Option Code: P74/P75 Prices:
2006-2008 2009-2010
$1,090 $1,560

Description:

The Bi-Xenon headlamps are not only much brighter than conventional halogen headlamps, but they provide a wider and more consistently diffused supply of light in front of the car.  Their blue-white color is very close to the wavelength of actual daylight which should theoretically reduce eye strain.

Because HID lamps need time to ignite and warm up, one bulb is used for both low (dipped) and high (main) beams.  The output pattern is electromechanically changed when high beams are requested, allowing light to project much higher and further than the low beam pattern.  In 2009, Dynamic Cornering Lights were added, which can swivel the light pattern by up to 15 degrees when turning.

These lamp assemblies contain halogen main beam bulbs for use as passing lights when short bursts of light are needed but there is no time to ignite and warm up and HID bulb.  The Bi-Xenon headlamps are self leveling and come with headlight washers.  Note that in 2009 the price increased because Porsche added in the dynamic cornering light capability as well.


Charts & Pictures: (Chart is supplied by PCNA from Boxster Product Information Guide, photo is from 2006 Cayman S)

Benefits:

Whiter, truer light that allows the driver to see further and more clearly at night.  Due to their higher intensity other drivers should spot your car at a greater distance.

Drawbacks:

Because these lights are highly desirable, there have been many incidents of theft.  Other drivers may complain that they are too bright.  Cannot retrofit factory HID lights due to wiring harness differences, although aftermarket HID lights can be fitted.

More Information: Informative Topic Threads:

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Gator Bite but has been updated by K-Man S and the FAQ TeamLast Revised: April 2010


Bose Surround Sound System [680]

Bose Surround Sound System
Option Code: 680 Prices:
Cayman Cayman S
2006-2008 2009-2010 2006-2008 2009-2010
$1,665 $1,690 $950 $990

Description:

A Bose Surround Sound System is available with ten speakers and 7-channel digital amplifier integrated into the MOST system. It incorporates:

  • 2 25mm tweeters in the dashboard
  • 1 70mm mid-range speaker in the dashboard
  • 2 80mm mid-range speakers in the doors
  • 2 200mm low-range speakers in the doors
  • 2 80mm mid-range speakers in the rear-quarter panel
  • 1 subwoofer in the footwell

For amplifiers there are:

  • a 5 x 25w linear 7-channel digital amplifier for the tweeters and mid-range speakers
  • a 100w switching amplifier for the low-range speakers
  • a 100w amplifier for the subwoofer

There is also an external microphone for detecting background noise for noise compensation.  The Bose system includes CD storage system in the glovebox.   The price differential for the Bose option in the Cayman vs. Cayman S models is because the S models come standard with the “Sound Package Plus” (includes 7 speakers and the CD storage in glove box), which is a $700 option in the non-S model.


Pictures: (click on thumbnail to see full image, hover over red dots in Internet Explorer in location photo for more info)

Tweeter in Dash

Mid-Range in Dash

Mid and Low Range in Door

Mid Range in Rear Quarter

Sub Woofer in Footwell

Bose Locations

  2.5cm neodymium tweeters (x2) Digital amplifier including Bose digital signal processor, Bose surround technology, AudioPilot noise compensation and 7 channels of customized equalization. 7cm center channel mid range speaker 8cm mid-range speaker with neodymium magnet (x2) 20cm Nd door woofer (x2) 8cm rear mid-range speaker (x2) 8cm rear mid-range speaker (x2) 8cm mid-range speaker with neodymium magnet (x2) 20cm Nd door woofer (x2) 2.5cm neodymium tweeters (x2) 10.2 x 15.3 cm woofer in 5.8 litre tuned bass enclosure with 2 state modulation amplifier located in center console AudioPilot microphone to monitor interior noise level Place your pointer over a red dot for more information

Benefits: Proponents of the Bose system argue that it is better able to adjust to environmental conditions and deliver a superior audio performance within the cabin.  Ordering Bose will include a sub woofer in the passenger foot well that otherwise will not be there.  During audio playback from audio or video DVDs (only in conjunction with the optional PCM), the system is now able to make full use of the impressive sound spectrum of 5.1 digital recordings. With music in 5.1 digital format, the sound has already been recorded in a multi-channel format and is faithfully reproduced exactly as the original. Drawbacks: Some members have complained that the Bose system does not sound natural or is unpleasing in some way (see opinions stated in the Informative threads section below).  Additionally, the Bose system makes installing aftermarket amplifiers or speakers more difficult and expensive than if Bose were not ordered at all from the beginning.
More Information: Informative Threads:

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Chows4Us but has been updated by engnr1 and the FAQ Team. Last Revised: April 2010


Colored Gauge Faces [XF*]

Option Code: XFE - TerraCotta,
XFD - Sand Beige,
XFF - Natural Brown,
XFG - Guards Red,
XFH - Speed Yellow,
XFJ - Carrara White
 
Prices:
2006-2008 2009-2010
$690 $690
XFE, XFF no longer offered

Description: 

Porsche provide a personalization touch by color coordinated the instrument dials with some exterior colors and interior colors. 


Pictures: (Click Thumbnail to see full size image)

XFJ- Carrara White

XFH - Speed Yellow

XFG - Guards Red

Benefits: Allows the owner to personalize the car to suite their tastes, can be combined with other color options to make the interior stand out more. Drawbacks: The colors do not typically match the exterior colors exactly, or other interior items painted in the exterior color.  The early Red gauges (with black numbers) were hard to read and Porsche shifted to white numbers in 2008.
References: Informative Threads:

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by chows4us but has been modified by our FAQ Team Last Revised: April, 2010


Deviated Stitching

Deviated Stitching

Option Description:

Vehicles with Full Leather Interior have visible stitching on all leather items (see Full Leather FAQ).  The color of that stitching can be changed to a 'deviated' color upon request (Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver, Brown).  These options are ONLY available on cars equipped with Full Leather Interior.

Option Code Description Map Location 2007-2008 2009-2010

09991 All Exclusive Options with Deviated Stitching (this is only when exclusive options are added) *** $290 $0
25081 Seat Stitching in Deviated Color 5.0 - 5.3c $550 $630
25661 Door Handle Stitching in Deviated Color 3.3a-3.3c $470 $470
25662 Door Trim Stitching in Deviated Color 3.0a $240 $310
25663 Center Console Side Stitching in Deviated Color 4.0a $240 $310
25664 Dashboard Stitching in Deviated Color 2.0b $310 $390


Interior Map & Pictures:
(click one to take a closer look)


2.2a Steering Wheel Rim (smooth leather)

Click an area to enlarge

 
4.1a Gear Shift Lever
 
4.3a Hand Brake Lever
 
3.0a Door Trim including Head Airbag Cover
 

3.3a - 3.3c

Door Handle Area
 
2.0b Instrument Cluster Cover
 
2.0c Sport Chrono Cover (if equipped)
 
4.0a Upper Center Console Side Covers
 
5.0 - 5.3c All Seat Stitching
Seat Stitching in Deviated Color (25081) Center Console (25663), XPA Steering
Wheel (09991), & Dash Top (25664)
   
Door Handle (25661) &
Door Trim (25662)
XPA Steering Wheel (09991) &
Dash Top (25664)

Benefits:  This option can add a unique sporty look to the interior of a Cayman.  Because very few buyers are likely to order these options (see below), this can also add a rare quality to a Cayman.   Drawbacks: If you want all stitching to be a deviated color, you'd better be ready to spend some money.  All available deviated stitching options add up to $1,810, and that leaves the steering wheel, gear shift lever and hand brake stitched in different colors.  If you want those items stitched in your deviated color, you will have to add an Exclusive Steering Wheel, Gear Shift Knob and Hand Brake Cover plus and option 09991.  Don't forget the Full Leather.  If you want your entire interior stitched in a deviated color, you can spend more than $5,000 on interior upgrades.
More Information: Informative Threads:

 

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Gator Bite, but has been updated by our FAQ Team Last Revised: April 2010


Exterior Color Options

Color Options

Cayman Exterior Colors

OPTION
CODE
NAME EXAMPLE Prices
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
A1 Black No
Charge
B4 Carrara White No
Charge
G1 Guards Red No
Charge
X4 Speed Yellow No
Charge
53 Forest Green Metallic $825 $690 N/A
56 Cobalt Blue Metallic $3,070 $690 N/A
9Q Meteor Grey Metallic $825 $690 $710
E4 Carmona Red Metallic

(2007)

$825 $690 N/A
E9 Midnight Blue Metallic $825 $690 $710 N/A
X1 Arctic Silver Metallic $825 $690 $710 N/A
Z4 Basalt Black Metallic $825 $690 $710
D2 Aqua Blue Metallic N/A $710
N4 Dark Blue Metallic N/A $710
J1 Porsche Racing Green Metallic N/A $710
?? Platinum Silver Metallic N/A $710
?? Ice Blue Metallic N/A $710
9S Macademia Metallic N/A $690 $710
L2 Ruby Red Metallic  N/A $690 $710 $3140
E7 Atlas Grey Metallic $825 $690 $3,140
H1 Malachite Green Metallic N/A $3140 N/A
T2 Cream White N/A $710
?? Amethyst Metallic N/A $3140
8W Nordic Gold Metallic N/A $3140 N/A
59 Slate Grey Metallic $3,070 N/A
7G Dark Olive Metallic $3,070 N/A
G4 Dark Teal Metallic

(2007)

$3,070 N/A
J2 Lapis Blue Metallic

(2007)

$825 $3,070 N/A
U2 GT Silver Metallic $3,070 $3,140
Y1 Seal Grey

(2006 only)

$825 N/A
?? Peridot N/A $0 (CR)
98 Paint-To-Sample Example

$4,315 $5,500

CAVEAT:

Pictures do not do justice to some colors, especially the metallics.  Before ordering a color, its wise to see the color in person.

More Information:

More Pictures of Different Colors

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by chows4us and has been updated by K-Man S and revised by our FAQ Team  Last Revised: January 2011

Fire Extinguisher [509]

Fire Extinguisher
Option Code: P509 Prices:
2006-2008 2009-2010
$140 $140

Description:

Porsche offers a factory OEM fire extinguisher that is mounted under the driver's seat. It is a DIN EN3-compliant powder-based system containing 1 kg (2.2lbs) of extinguishant.


Pictures

Fire extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Bracket

Benefits:
  • Sleek.
  • Unobtrusive.
  • Saves the hassle of installing one yourself.

 

Drawbacks:

  • Probably more expensive than most aftermarket options.
  • Some people prefer the extinguisher on the passenger side.
  • Some local DE rules require a 2.5lb extinguisher, this one is only 2.2lb (check your local rules)
More Information: Informative Topic Threads:

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by chows4us and has been updated by Nitro8472 and the FAQ Team. Last Revised: May 2010


Full Leather Interior [AT / DF / FE / JX / TG]

Full Leather Interior

** - Full Leather Interior

Options Codes:  AT (Black), DF (Stone Grey), FE (Sea Blue), JX (Palm Green-Discontinued), TG (Sand Beige) Prices:
2006-2008 2009-2010
$2,095 $2,385

Description:

Full Leather Interior adds Interior Color Leather and visible stitching to the following areas:

2.2a Steering Wheel Rim (smooth leather)

Click an area to enlarge

4.1a Gear Shift Lever
N.A. Gear Shift Boot
4.3a Hand Brake Lever
4.3c Hand Brake Boot
3.0a Door Trim including Head Airbag Cover

3.2a
& 3.4

Door Handle Area
2.0b Instrument Cluster Cover
2.0a Upper Dash Board and Passenger Airbag Cover
2.0c Sport Chrono Stopwatch Cover (if equipped)
2.1a Lower Dash Board and Glove Box Cover
4.0a Upper Center Console Side Covers
4.4c Rear Center Console Storage Bin Lid
5.0 The sides of the Bolsters (Usually Leatherette)
5.3c Side Airbag Covers (Standard & Power Seats)
Not
Pictured
Back of the seats, sides of the seat back, sides & front of seat base.
   
   
   
   
   

Pictures: (click one to take a closer look)

Upper Center Console Door Panel and Door Handle Seats, Shifter and Hand Brake
Upper Door Trim Instrument Cluster Hood Door Handle

Benefits:  This option adds a luxurious look, feel and smell to a Cayman.  Some owners believe that is has also provided higher resale value for their Cayman.  Subjectively, the touch of leather is often preferred to the otherwise plastic feel of the parts that the leather often replaces. Drawbacks:  A Full Leather Interior may require more care than and may not be as durable as the standard interior.  Upgrading to Full Leather after delivery would be cost prohibitive (see Thread below titled 'Full Leather Upgrade').
More Information:

 

Informative Threads:

 

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Gator Bite and has been updated by K-Man S and revised by our FAQ Team  Last Revised: June 2010


Interior Color Codes

Cayman Interior Color Codes and Pricing

Description: Examples of Cayman Interior Colors (Note: the first five leather option prices are for Standard/Full Leather)

CODE NAME MSRP/Year EXAMPLE
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
AN/AT Black $0/$2,095 $0/$2,095 $0/$2,095 $0/$2385 $0/$2385 $0/$2385  
DC/DF Stone Grey $0/$2,095 $0/$2,095 $0/$2,095 $0/$2385 $0/$2385 $0/$2385    
FB/FE Sea Blue $0/$2,095 $0/$2,095 $0/$2,095 $0/$2385 $0/$2385 $0/$2385  
JU/JX Palm Green $0/$2,095 $0/$2,095 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

TD/TG Sand Beige $0/$2,095 $0/$2,095 $0/$2,095 $0/$2385 $0/$2385 $0/$2385  
MB Terracotta $2,525 $2,525 $2,525 $2,815 $2,815 $2,815    
RA Cocoa $2,525 $2,525 $2,525 $2,815 $2,815 $2,815    
BG Black/Stone Grey $2,525 $2,525 $2,525 $2,815 $2,815 $2,815    
05 Natural Grey $3,605 $3,605 $3,605 $3,895 $3,895 $3,895    
06 Natural Brown $3,605 $3,605 $3,605 $3,895 $3,895 $3,895    
07 Carrera Red N/A N/A $3,605 $3,895 $3,895 $3,895    
99 Leather to Sample $3,845 $3,845 $3,845 $4135 $4135 $4135    

CAVEAT:

Pictures do not do justice to some colors, especially the reds and browns.  Before ordering a color, its wise to see the color in person.

More Information:

More Pictures of Different Colors Click on Interior Photos

FAQ Information:  This FAQ was originally written by chows4us and updated by mike in az and our FAQ Team Last Revised: January 2011


Leather Sport Seats - [P77]

Leather Sport Seats
Option Code: P77 Prices:
2006-2008 2009-2010
$760 $440

Description:

The Leather Sport Seats have firmer padding, shoulder bolsters and larger side and leg bolsters than the standard seats which adds a very sporty feel to any Cayman. You will feel like you are sitting 'in' the seat as opposed to 'on' the seat.  These seats offer mechanical height, fore/aft adjustments and electric seat back angle adjustment.  There are no lumbar, bolster or seat bottom angle adjustments.  The seat backs are finished in a Volcano Grey hard shell.


Pictures: (click a picture for a closer look)

Option XSA Backs Painted Ext Color - $1,580


Benefits:  Because these seat are not electrically powered, they do not add any unnecessary weight to a Cayman and are not likely to ever require maintenance or repair.  Sport seats add a sporty and aggressive feel to any car. Some people say that the mechanical seats will drop lower and slide further back than the powered seats will. This can be a benefit for very tall Cayman owners.  If this might be you, we recommend visiting your dealership and testing both seats side by side.  Those who wish to further customize their sport seats can choose the XSA option to have the seat backs painted in the exterior color.
 

 

Drawbacks:  Entering and exiting a car with sport seats takes a little more flexibility than with standard seats.  Adjustments are somewhat limited so you need to make sure that these seats really fit your body before purchase.  There are many people who find these seats very comfortable.  People of larger size generally find the standard seats more comfortable.  These seats do not pamper you with luxuries like electronic memory.  If you plan to frequently share your Cayman with another driver and want sport seats, you may want to step up to the Adaptive Sport Seats to gain the memory functions.

 

More Information:

 

Informative Threads:

 

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Gator Bite and has been updated and revised by our FAQ Team  Last Revised: April 2010


Park Assist [635]

Options Code: 635 Price: $530

Description:

The Park Assist system is a parking aid with four distance sensors integrated into the rear bumper of the car. It works by emitting ultrasonic sound and "listening" to judge how far an object is away. Inside the vehicle, the distance is conveyed to the driver by beeping sounds. As one approaches an object the beeping increases in frequency, eventually becoming a continuous beep cautioning the driver about an object being too close.


Picture: (click for a closer look)


Benefits:  Parking sensors can detect hard to see objects, such as low poles, curbs, children, pets, thus preventing accidents while parking or exiting a parking spot. The Park Assist system also emits a beep when reverse is engaged. Drawbacks: Sensors are only present in the rear and also do not pick up certain sound absorbing or thin objects. Some might consider the sensors to be aesthetically unpleasing.
More Information: Informative Threads:

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Daniel L and has been updated by K-Man S and revised by our FAQ Team  Last Revised: June 2010

PASM - Porsche Active Suspension Management [475]

PASM

475 - PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management)

Option Code: 475 Prices:
2006-2010
$1,990

Description:

PASM is a very sophisticated suspension system that allows a Cayman to adapt to changing road and driving conditions.  Cars equipped with PASM will have a button on the center console that allows the driver to select between a "Normal" or "Sport" program.  Regardless of which program is selected, PASM is always continuously adjusting the damping rates of the shock absorbers within a predetermined range to suit current driving conditions.  The system incorporates many sensors to determine when a stiffer or softer damping rate is needed and applies those changes seamlessly within the range or map of the selected program.

Pictures: (click for larger versions)

Dampening Rate Chart

PASM Strut out of a Cayman S

Benefits: In Normal program, a PASM equipped car's damping rates will vary from a setting that is softer than a car with Standard suspension to a setting that is a bit harder than standard.  In Sport program, the damping rate will vary from the same as standard to significantly harder.  This adaptability makes a PASM equipped car very versatile.  At one moment it can be a soft driving street car that is forgiving over rough pavement, and the next moment it can be a taught track car ready for a DE event.  Some owners with 19" or larger wheels claim PASM is a must. Drawbacks and Misconceptions:  There is a widely understood misconception that a PASM equipped car will lower itself by 10mm when the PASM button is pressed.  This is a misunderstanding and has been quoted by many automotive journalists.  PASM equipped cars are always 10mm lower than cars equipped with standard suspension.  Their ride height never varies.  The only drawback typically cited is the price and that if an owner wants to go to a full track suspension that replacing PASM is more expensive than replacing the standard suspension. 
More Information:
Informative Threads:

FAQ Information: This FAQ was written by K-Man S and revised by our FAQ Team Last Revised: April 2010


PCCB - Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes [450]

PCCB

PCCB = Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes

Option Code: 450 Prices:  $8,150

Description:

The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake System represents the absolute state of the art in friction braking.  This braking system centers around four large ceramic reinforced carbon fiber brake rotors, but the upgrades don't stop there.  PCCB also gets upgraded six piston monobloc calipers up front and larger four piston monobloc calipers in the rear, both of which utilize larger brake pads that offer more friction surface area (see table below). 

  Cayman (2007-2008)
(Black Calipers)
Cayman (2009+)
(Black Calipers)
Cayman S
(Big Red brakes)
PCCB
Front Brake Rotor Size: 11.8" / 0.9" (299mm x 24mm) 12.5" x 1.1" (318mm x 28mm) 12.5" x 1.1" (318mm x 28mm) 13.8" / 1.3" (350mm x 34mm)
Front Brake Pad Area: 8.3 sq-inches (54 cm2) 9.61 sq-inch (62 cm2) 9.61 sq-inch (62 cm2) 17.36 sq-inch (112 cm2)
Rear Brake Rotor Size: 11.7" / 0.8" (298mm x  20mm) 11.8" / 0.9" (299mm x 24mm) 11.8" / 0.9" (299mm x 24mm) 13.8" / 1.1" (350mm x 28mm)
Rear Brake Pad Area: 7.44 sq-inches (48 cm2) 7.44 sq-inches (48 cm2) 7.44 sq-inches (48 cm2) 9.61 sq-inch (62 cm2)

The PCCB calipers are easily recognizable by their bright yellow paint job as the next evolution to the 'Big Red' calipers of the past.


Pictures: (click a picture for a closer look)

Cutaway of PCCB rotor with caliper

PCCB Rotor and Caliper

Speed Yellow Cayman with PCCB


Benefits:There are several benefits to PCCB.  Primarily, this system is said to brake more consistently and remain more resistant to fade than the standard brakes when used for repetitive hard stops, like those called for during track events.  Another major benefit is the fact that the PCCB rotors weigh approximately half as much as conventional cast iron rotors of the same size, significantly reducing the unsprung weight of each wheel which should improve a cars ability to maintain grip over rough pavement.  The rotors are also said to be much more resistant to wear and are expected to last much longer than cast iron rotors (see drawbacks for more on this).  PCCB has been observed to create less brake dust than conventional brakes. Drawbacks:  Price...!  At $8,150, this is the most expensive option available and increases the cost of a Cayman / Cayman S by 16% / 13.5% respectively.  The standard brakes are very good, therefore, most experts will tell you that you will only truly benefit from PCCB on a race track.  However, there have been reports of Porsche denying warranty claims pertaining to premature PCCB rotor wear on cars that have been tracked.  Replacement rotors can cost $5,000 - $6,000 per wheel......!  That means that when your rotors do need replacement, as all rotors will, you may be looking at a very costly brake job or forced to convert back to cast iron rotors.  Ceramic rotors are also more fragile and there is a chance of chipping one when changing wheels, which would require replacement.
More Information: Informative Threads:

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Gator Bite and has been updated and revised by our FAQ Team Last Revised: April 2010


PCM 2.1 - Porsche Communications Management [P16]

PCM_2_1_gnh_revision PCM 2.1 Porsche Communication Management (PCM 2.1)
 
Option Code: P16 Price:
Cayman and Cayman S
2006-2008
$3,070

Description:

The PCM contains an integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) that uses a DVD drive in the front luggage space and a 5.8" color display screen.  An "extended" GPS is available as option P21 ($3,275), and was included with all PCM 2.1 installations on US models in 2008.  This allows for navigation in areas not mapped on the DVD via a compass and allows for back tracing via recording up to five tracks.  The integrated CD can play CDs in audio format as well a MP3 and WMA.  The integrated AM/FM tuner provides for 20 preset stations for both AM and FM.

Related Options:

You must have option P16 or P21 to use the following options:

641 - Electronic logbook ($650)

This option provides for recording mileage/route, date/time, and start/end destinations for up to 1,500 trips.  The information can be downloaded to a laptop via IR for postprocessing.

666 - Telephone module ($960) 

This option provides for a GSM triband (900, 1,800 and 1,900 Mhz) handsfree telephone.  The user must provide their own SIM card.

688 - Passive handset ($260)

A telephone handset for handheld use.


Picture:
(click on thumbnail to see larger photo)


Note: Option 666 uses the telephone keypad on the left side of the screen.  The SIM slot is below the keypad. 

Benefits: An integrated GPS provides a clean look for the interior.  PCM 2.1 is only way on '06-08 models to play MP3/WMA files on CD.  While '06-08 models did not have a factory satellite radio option, Cayenne interface for XM works with PCM 2.1 in the 987 as do other aftermarket solutions (e.g., NavTV Sirius), allowing for integrated satellite radio interface.  Similar products are not compatible with or available for the CDR-24 equipped 987s.
Drawbacks: Price, at ~$3,000, there are far cheaper GPS alternatives on the market with, possibly, more modern technologies. No bluetooth, no MP3/iPod connectivity, phone/SIMM combo a '90's technology solution.  Map and radio graphics are somewhat crude to look at (most aftermarket products as well as the later PCM 3.0 contain much better, more modern and cleaner graphics).  Local and some major street names only visible at tightest scales.  32 distinct buttons and 2 knobs is a lot to work with (though once familiar, not hard to master).  Finally, latest updates are circa 2007.  With newer PCM models after 2008, we may have seen the last of the software / map updates for PCM 2.1.
More Information:
Informative Threads:

FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Chows4Us but has been updated by engnr1 and the FAQ Team. Last Revised: April 2010


PCM 3.0 - Porsche Communications Management - [P23]

PCM_3_0_faq_draft PCM 3.0 Porsche Communication Management (PCM 3.0)
 
Option Code: P23 Price:
Cayman and Cayman S
2009-2010
$3,110

Description:

PCM was revised on the 2009 Porsche models, with the Caymans and Boxsters offering as an option PCM 3.0 with extended navigation upon the introduction of the refreshed models.  PCM 3.0 featured significant revisions, most notably a larger, 6.5" color screen with touchscreen controls along with 15 buttons and 2 knobs,  in lieu of the 32 individual buttons and 2 knobs of the previous non-touchscreen version found with PCM 2.1.  A dual tuner audio system is provided with integrated MP3-able CD/DVD-player supporting audio/video DVDs (unlike PCM 2.1), GPS hard-disc-based navigation module (in lieu of DVD-based as with PCM 2.1) with dynamic route planning. The on-board computer allows the driver to view both audio and navigation information simultaneously.  All PCM 3.0 models come with the extended navigation feature permitting tracking of locations off the GPS map.  The new model features a black facia in lieu of the platinum facia appearance with the PCM 2.1.   The new PCM 3.0 also works with the newly available Bluetooth interface, XM satellite radio (with live "XM Traffic" displays on the screen) and "Universal Audio Interface" (i.e., iPod®/MP3 player connection) options that can be accessed through the PCM buttons and on-screen interface.  

Also starting in 2009,  PCM 3.0 required purchase of either Option Code 490 - Sound Package Plus (standard on the Cayman S) or Option Code 680 - Bose Surround Sound System, so you're out of luck if you want factory-installed high-end navigation combined with the basic 4-speaker stereo set-up in the Cayman 2.9 model.

It is noted that PCM 3.0 cannot be retrofitted into pre-2009 models with either PCM 2.1 or the standard CDR-24 radio.  There are kits for retrofitting available for 2009 or 2010 models with the standard CDR-30 radio,  but you will lose any other features (e.g., XM satellite radio, iPod/MP3 connection, Bluetooth) you may have with the CDR-30. The retrofits must be brand new and sourced from Porsche;  retrofitting from one car to another will invalidate the mysterious codes provided with the PCM 3.0 unit by Porsche.  (See useful thread on PCM 3.0 retrofit reversal.)

Related Options:

The following options require PCM 3.0:

870 - Universal Audio Interface ($440)

On PCM equipped vehicles, includes an iPod® port, a USB port for memory sticks or MP3 players, and an Auxiliary-In port for other external devices. (A version for CDR-30 radios costs $95 but only includes the Aux-In port, though it uses the same option code!!). iPods and USB sticks are fully controllable via PCM. For other auxiliary devices, a limited range of functions are accessible via PCM. 

693 - 6-Disc CD/DVD Changer ($650) 

For the first time, in 2009,  Porsche offered an in-dash CD changer in the 987, but only with PCM.  Includes ability to play MP3 music files and Audio DVDs.  The remote 6-disc CD Changer (Code 692) mounted in the front storage compartment is no longer available with PCM (in 2009-2010 it could still be ordered with the standard CDR-30 radio).

671 - PCM Voice Control ($595)

Voice activation for navigation, telephone, and stereo functions. According to the Porsche website car configurator,  it is "(a)vailable for customer specified orders only."  Some dealers have been telling customers that the system has issues and not to order it, this has not been independently verified but few cars seem to have it.

641 - Electronic Logbook ($650)

Enables automatic acquisition of mileage, driving distance, date, time and address of starting point and destination at every trip including PC-software for data download and evaluation.

640 - Sport Chrono Package Plus ($960, $1320 if PDK is ordered)

In addition to the performance-related features discussed elsewhere, provides the ability within the PCM touchscreen interface to adjust lighting, wipers, AC and door locking settings to suit personal preference.


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Benefits: PCM 3.0 provides a much more modern, user-friendly interface than PCM 2.1 for both navigation and audio, and is better-suited to the variety of audio / Bluetooth phone capabilities available on the '09 and later Porsches, including satellite radio and iPod/MP3 interfaces.  Map appearance is improved considerably.  Availability of built-in CD changer.  If you order XM satellite radio with PCM, you also get XM real-time traffic reports on your map display.
Drawbacks: Even after paying over $3k for PCM 3.0,  you still have to pay extra for those other goodies.  The unit can be retrofitted to other '09-10 models but only with the navigation system.  Any existing options such as satellite radio and Bluetooth purchased in conjunction with the standard CDR-30 will not work. Best option if you want both the built-in nav and the other options is to buy PCM 3.0 when you order the car and the PCM will be appropriately factory-configured.  No way to retrofit the 3.0 model to older (pre-2009) models with PCM 2.1 or CDR-24. 
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Power Seats [P15]

Power Seats
Option Code: P15 Prices: $1,550

Description:

The Power Seat Package adds electrical control of the seat's fore/aft, height, seat bottom angle and lumbar supports for both seats (all seats have electrical back angle adjustments).  The back of the seats are finished in an interior color matching leatherette (unless the full leather option is selected).


Pictures: (click a picture for a closer look)

Power Seat


Benefits:  Along with the electrical movements, the Power Seat Package also adds memory seat features, exterior mirror memory, right side mirror parking assist when in reverse and remote control linking to seat memory position 1.  These memory features can be very nice if you share your car with another driver and don't want to be hunting for your optimal seat position every time you trade cars. Drawbacks:  Some say the Power Seats can not go as low or as far back as the mechanical seats.  The power seats will add some small amount of weight to a Cayman.  Price is also sometimes an issue.
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PSE - Porsche Sports Exhaust [XLF]

Porsche Sport Exhaust System
Option Code: XLF Prices:
2006-2008 2009-2010
$2,100 $2,500

Description:

If you love the sound of that boxer 6 engine, want more of it, but the idea of modifying your prized Cayman makes the hairs on the back of you neck stand up, well then the Porsche Sport Exhaust System might be for you.  The PSE option provides you with a modified baffle that is electronically controlled.  There is a switch on the dash board that controls two vacuum actuators in the baffle which allows the driver to select a 'Quiet' or 'Sport' sound at will.  Selecting the 'Sport' sound will retune the baffle to give you a more robust sport car sound.  In cars equipped with Sport-Chrono, control of this exhaust system is tied to the SC 'Sport' button.  Testing of the exhaust system at Croctoberfest 2008 in Atlanta revealed a somewhat deeper tone in sport mode but decibel differences were not dramatically different.  The system is generally considered on the mild side as compared to aftermarket alternatives.

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Benefits of PSE: PSE nicely compliments PASM and the Sport-Chrono System by adding one more layer of adaptability to a Cayman.  If you would like to cruise down the highway in peace and quiet, no problem, just select the 'Quiet' mode.  If you want to make a little noise and get a little attention, your wish is just a button push away.  Some have theorized that the PSE can add up to 8hp, although this has never been proven on the dyno.  PSE does comply with emission standards and will not affect your car's warranty, those concerned about aftermarket exhaust affecting either of these may wish to choose the "safe" exhaust choice from Porsche. Drawbacks of PSE:  Many people who change their exhaust system do so to achieve power gains.  Porsche does not claim a single horsepower gained because of this option.  There are some that believe it does add power but that Porsche won't go on the record in regard to a promised increase for a variety of reasons.  In the 996, 997 and Boxster models equipped with PSE, the system automatically switches to quiet mode between 25-40 MPH to comply with certain noise emission requirements.  Owners of those vehicles have found various ways to circumvent the 'quiet window', but this brings you right back to modifying your car and contradicts one of the reasons to buy such an option.  With these two drawbacks in mind, many people would rather spend the money on an aftermarket system that will deliver more horsepower.  Price is also higher than most aftermarket systems.
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Seat Belts in Deviated Color [XS*]

colored seat belts

XS* - Colored Seatbelts

Options Codes: XSH - Silver, XSX - Guards Red and XSY - Speed Yellow Price: $340

Description: 

All Caymans come with 3-point black seat belts with pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters.  Porsche provides three options to for colored belts in silver, guards red, and speed yellow.


Pictures: (click for larger version)

Guards Red

Silver

Speed Yellow

Benefits:  Colored seat belts are purely cosmetic, but can attractively set off an interior by providing contrast to the seats or a tie to other elements in the interior such as red stitching or a yellow center console. Drawbacks: The color seat belts will show dirt and wear and tear more so than the black seat belts, but if owners are careful that are not difficult to keep clean.  The only other drawback is cost and while the belts can be retrofitted (see article link below) it is less expensive to order the colored belts from the factory.
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Sport Exhaust Tip [XLA / XLS]

Sport Exhaust Tip Sport Exhaust Tip Sport Exhaust Tip (2006-08), Sports Tailpipe (2009-10)
 
Option Code: XLA (2006-2008)
XLS (2009-2010)
Price:
Cayman and Cayman S
Cayman and Cayman S
2006-2008 2009-2010
$570 $650    

Description:

The dual chrome exhaust pipe upgrade replaces the standard brushed stainless exhaust tips with two round chrome plated side by side pipes, with distinctive longitudinal ridges around the inside perimeter of the pipes. 

The 2006-08 models had standard exhaust pipes in a trapezoidal shape (split pipe on the S model, a single opening on the standard model), matching a similarly shaped opening at the bottom of the rear bumper.  However, in 2009,  the refreshed design resulted in new standard exhaust pipe designs, with twin round pipes on the S model
that were first used on the 2008 Boxster RS60 (with no distinctive longitudinal ridges but a beveled downward angle on the tip) , and a rectangular (with rounded corners) single pipe on the standard Cayman, again matching a similarly revised opening at the bottom of the rear bumper.

The new XLS "Sports Tailpipe" is similar in shape to the new standard S pipes, except "in individual design with polished, nanocoat finish". The inside perimeter of the pipes contain what appear to be slots around the circumference of the pipe.  Other than this latter trim feature, the new tip is essentially a chromed version of the standard S pipes with the beveled downward angle on the tip, rather than a distinctively different shape.  However, the option cost is the same whether the tip replaces the Cayman or Cayman S pipe.


Pictures:

2006-2008 Cayman Sport Exhaust Tip (XLA)
2006-2008 Sport Exhaust Tip

2009-2010 Cayman Sports Tailpipe (XLS)
2009-2010 Sports Tailpipe



Benefits:  For those with the standard Cayman and the original 2006-08 S exhaust, this upgrade adds a custom and aggressive dual exhaust look to the car.  This keeps the folks behind you wondering just how far your modifications go.....The newer model S's already have round tips but this option adds chrome to the tips.

The chrome finish should be easier to keep clean than the standard brushed stainless steel tip.

Drawbacks: As the '09-'10 S models already have twin round pipes,  the cost here for those models is essentially for a chromed pipe.  Standard model Cayman owners can retrofit a 2008 Boxster RS60 pipe for less cost and it will essentially be the S pipe.  Other aftermarket tips may cost less.

Relative to the older models with the trapezoid-shape exhaust / bumper opening, there are some folks that feel that the original tip will be more desirable down the road when/if the Cayman reaches classic status.  The original exhaust tip also blends very nicely with the opening in the bumper. 

If an aftermarket exhaust is on your wish list, these tips may not be usable.  Check with your preferred exhaust system manufacturer to see if these tips are usable with their system.

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Sport Shifter [XCZ]

Sport/Short shifter Sport/Short shifter Sport/Short shifter (2006-2010)
 
Option Code: XCZ - Sport/Short Shifter(2006-2010)
Price:     
Cayman and Cayman S at time of purchase
Cayman and Cayman S Porsche Dealer OEM part
2006-2010 2006-2010
$765 $426

Description:

The desired effect of the Porsche sport/short shifter is to reduce by approximately 20% the distance your hand needs to move to engage the next gear, thus reducing the amount of time spent shifting, reducing wasted time between shifts, and resulting in improved performance.

A true sport/short shifter decreases throw by reducing the angle that the shifter shaft travels through during its stroke between gears. By reducing the angle that the shaft travels through between gears, the distance that your hand needs to move between gears is also reduced.

Pictures:

2006-2010 Cayman Sport/short
shifter
Normal shifter movement

2009-2010 Cayman Sport/short
shifter
Sport/short shifter movement

2009-2010 Cayman Sport/short shifter
Side by side comparison

2009-2010 Cayman Sport/short shifter
Part Number: 997.424.983.00

2009-2010 Cayman Sport/short shifter
Cayman part diagram



Benefits:  The sport/short shifter gearshift mechanism offers a reduction in lever travel of approximately 20%. Precision engineered for accurate gear selection, the result is a more dynamic driving experience. The option can be combined with any Porsche shift knob.

If adding an OEM sport/short shifter after delivery, the OEM part is a direct drop in that requires no permanent modification to the shifter cage like many aftermarket short shifters do.

An OEM sport shifter can be obtained from a Porsche dealer for as low as $426 if you decide to upgrade from the standard shifter.

Drawbacks: Sport/short Shifters feel heavier and more mechanical than the standard shifter, especially when the transmission is cold. Porsche found that the sport/short shifter was diminishing the overall enjoyment of owners who were not prepared for a sport/short shifter.

Because of this, in 2007 Porsche removed this option from the order guide so dealerships could no longer order inventory cars with it. The option is still available by special order (when ordering a car to spec), or as a dealer installed item.

 

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Sports Chrono / Sports Chrono Plus [639/640]

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Option Code:

639 (Without PCM)

640 (With PCM, SC Plus)

Prices:
2006-2008 2009-2010
$960

$960 (M/T)

$1320 (PDK)


Description:

Like PASM, the truth about the Sport Chrono Package has eluded many automotive journalist, many of whom have suggested that Sport Chrono is nothing more than a $920 stop watch (Think Jeremy Clarkson). Sport Chrono is much more than that.

This option takes control of many of the Cayman's on board systems delivering absolute sport driving characteristics. When the Sport Chrono button is pressed, many things happen including:

  • The drive by wire throttle map is changed making the car feel more responsive and making 'heel-toe' downshifting easier.
  • PASM is switched to Sport Program to provide more crisp handling and less body roll.
  • PSM intervention limits are increased to allow more aggressive driving without triggering a system response. (In normal mode PSM triggers if one wheel is about to lock up, in sport mode it triggers when two wheels are)
  • The Soft Rev Limiter is replaced with a Hard Rev Limiter allowing you to get full power all the way to redline (more info below)
  • The Tiptronic S / PDK transmission will switch to a more aggressive shifting map that keeps the engine ready to go. (PDK also has Sport+ mode, more info below)
  • Porsche Sport Exhaust will automatically switch to its' sport sound.

Clarification to understand some of the functions:

Rev-Limiter Function

What is a Rev Limiter? - A rev limiter is a safety device that cuts fuel, ignition or both at a specified RPM to prevent an engine from continuing to rev beyond its mechanical safety limit.

Hard Rev Limiter - The most basic of rev limiters, a Hard Rev Limiter does nothing until the engine reaches the predefined engine speed at which point fuel and ignition are shut off. This can be very abrupt and hard on the power train as the engine cycles on and off between full power and no power. The very first rev limiters installed were all hard rev limiters.

Soft Rev Limiter - Because hitting a hard rev limiter can be uncomfortable for the driver and hard on the car, manufacturers created the 'Soft Rev Limiter'. A Soft Rev Limiter reduces power output by retarding ignition timing as the engine approaches its limit. This usually begins about 500 RPMs before the hard cut off point. As the ignition timing is retarded and power drops off, the resulting feeling of power loss signals the driver that it's time to shift. If a driver ignores this, ignition timing is retarded further until the rev limit is reached at which point the resulting cut off is much 'softer' because the engine is not being cycled on and off between full power and no power. All 987/997 models come with a Soft Rev Limiter.

How does Sport Chrono affect the Rev Limiter? - Sport Chrono does not change the cut off RPM, which remains at 7,300 RPMs on cars with or without Sport Chrono Package. It simply removes the 'Soft' cut off that begins at 6,800 RPMs and allows the engine to produce full power from 6,800 - 7,300 RPMs. A car without Sport Chrono will start losing power at 6,800 RPMs and continue loosing power progressively until 7,300 RPMs where the hard cut off will finally be reached. Sport Chrono Package will replace the car's Soft Rev Limiter with a Hard Rev Limiter during Sport Mode.

No one has ever quantified the difference in horsepower in the 6,800 - 7,300 RPM range, but it is there by design and undisputable. Anyone with Sport Chrono can attest that the engine will rush to the hard cut off in Sport mode, where in normal mode they can obviously feel the flat spot.

PDK Sport Plus Mode (Only in conjunction with PDK, not available for manual, and not really needed, thanks to 4by4 for this piece of info)

Sport Plus mode in conjunction with PDK is the ultimate Sport mode in a modern Porsche, in addition to the normal Sport mode it enables:

  • Launch Control, for the best possible take off from a standing start.
  • Motorsport derived gear change map.
  • Locks out 7th gear.
  • Never shifts before red line (Normal Sport mode will shift higher than non sport but "can" shift below red line if the car is not pushed hard).

Difference between Sport Plus and Sport Chrono Plus

There has been misconception between Sport Chrono Plus and Sport Plus, this section defines each.

Sport Chrono Plus: This is a package, i.e. If you have PCM, you can order SportChrono Package Plus, this gives you a Sports Display in PCM, which enables you to track and save your lap timings and save individual memory prefrences for thigs like door locks and interior lightning.

Sport Plus: This is the additional button that comes when you have either Sport Chrono or Sport Chrono Plus packages with PDK, it provides the aforementioned benefits.

Most owners who have Sport Chrono say they love the way it makes the car feel and that they use it quite often. This feature works nicely in conjunction with many of the other options like PASM, TipTronic S and Sport Exhaust to give the Cayman a 'Jeckel & Hyde' personality. At one moment ready for a night on the town, and the next moment ready to be a track day star. Features like this help make this incredibly capable car more forgiving when also used as a daily driver.

Yes, Sport Chrono does come with an analog/digital stop watch which is useful when tracking lap times. Sport Chrono Plus with PCM interface also stores lap times and history data in the PCM interface. These features are really best appreciated on the track when lap times are of interest to you, but all of the other features are just as much fun on the street.

Research this option here and you will come to the conclusion that most people who did not buy it wish they had.


Pictures

Sport Button

SC Timer

Sport Plus

Benefits:

  • Gives the car a Jekyl & Hyde personality, firm everything up for the track or soften it all for cruising at the touch of a button.
  • Two different throttle maps, useful when cruising slowly vs. spitited or track driving.
  • Tiptronic / PDK shifts are much faster.
  • PDK with SportPlus gets a race driven shift pattern and launch control.
  • PSM threshold is higher, you can have more fun without turning it completely off.

Drawbacks:

  • Some people don't like the idea of having two throttle control maps. It has been argued that practicing in one map will make your reflexes less familiar with the other map
  • Some people consider it expensive especially when most aftermarket flashes can enable the Sport throttle map (but not the faster shifting or other benefits).
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FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Gator Bite but has been updated by Nitro8472 and the FAQ Team. Last Revised: May 2010

Special Thanks to and Cuchillo and xmatt for Sport Plus and the Chrono stopwatch.


Steering Wheel Options [431-460, 844-847, XPA/XPU]

Steering Wheels

Steering Wheel Options:

Opt. Code: Description: 2006-2008 2009 2010 Comments:
- - - Standard Steering Wheel $0 $0 $0
(Prior Sport wheel now standard)
Three spoke steering wheel in leather with full color Porsche crest
459 Standard Steering Wheel in Smooth Leather $490 N/A N/A Steering wheel rim and airbag module are finished in interior color smooth leather with cross stitched seams.
Sport Steering Wheels:
435 Sport Steering Wheel $250 N/A N/A

The sport steering wheels have a smaller diameter than the standard steering wheel (~1/2" (13mm)) and thicker sport grip areas located at 2 and 10 o'clock.  They also provide slightly more room above your legs which can make it easier to enter and exit a Cayman.

460 Leather Sport Steering Wheel $740 $255
(smooth leather)
N/A
CLA Thicker Steering Wheel in Alcantara N/A $1105
(required 431 or 460)
$1105 Thicker steering wheel in Alcantara with cross-stitched seam, airbag is not in Alcantara
XPA Thicker Leather Sport Steering Wheel $1,050 N/A N/A This wheel has a thicker rim and is completely wrapped in leather.
Multi-Function Steering Wheels:
431 Multi Function Steering Wheel -  Leather finish $990 $870 N/A

The Multi Function Steering Wheels place controls for the Radio, CD Player, CD Changer, PCM and Telephone (depending on available equipment) at your finger tips so you can make adjustments without taking your hands off the wheel.

For more Information, see page 38 of the Owner's Manual or see the PCM Manual.

There are many finish options available.

XPV Multi Function Steering Wheel - Aluminum finish $1,310 $1,360 N/A
451 Multi Function Steering Wheel - Makassar finish $1,360 $1,125 N/A
452 Multi Function Steering Wheel - Sycamore finish $1,360 N/A N/A
453 Multi Function Steering Wheel - Carbon finish $1,360 $1,125 N/A
844 Three Spoke Multi Function Steering Wheel for PDK - Leather finish N/A $615 $615
XPU Three Spoke Multi Function Steering Wheel for PDK - Aluminum Look N/A $980 $980
845 Three Spoke Multi Function Steering Wheel for PDK - Carbon N/A $980 $980
847 Three Spoke Multi Function Steering Wheel for PDK - Makassar N/A $980 $980


Pictures
: (mouse over to identify wheel - click a picture for a closer look)

Click to see side by side comparison of Std. and Smooth Leather

Click to see side by side comparison of Std. and Smooth Leather

Click to see side by side comparison of Std. and Smooth Leather

Standard Steering Wheel in Leather with TipTronic Controls Diameter of Standard Steering Wheel 435 - Sport Steering Wheel

Girth of Sport Steering Wheel

Diameter of Sport Steering Wheel

Girth of Sport Steering Wheel Sport Grip Area

XPA - Thicker Sport Steering Wheel

XPA - Thicker Sport Steering Wheel PDK with Buttons
431 - Multi-Function Steering Wheel - Leather XPV - Multi-Function Steering Wheel - Aluminum Look PDK with Paddles

 

Benefits: The benefits of a non-standard steering wheel will derive from what the owner desires.  For example, some owners desire a smaller diameter and thicker wheel because they believe it gives them better control at the track.  Other owners will want a multi-function wheel so that they can easily control various features of the car while driving such as PCM. Drawbacks: Typically the only drawbacks cited by members are either the price of some of the optional wheels, or that certain combinations may not be available, such as a sport wheel with multi-function.
Articles and Aftermarket Alternatives:

The labor to change a steering wheel is minimal, but because all of the optional wheels use a different airbag than the standard steering wheel, adding this option after delivery will typically cost much more than the option price.

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FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally written by Gator Bite and has been updated and revised by our FAQ Team  Last Revised: April 2010


Tiptronic Automatic Transmission [249]

Tiptronic
Option Code: 249 Prices:
2006-2008 2009-2010
$3210 N/A

Description:

The Tiptronic S is the evolution of the original tiptronic transmission featured on the 964. It is a five speed automatic transmission with manual shifting ability using steering wheel mounted buttons (Rocker Switches in Porsche lingo).

For the latest Tiptronic S, the range of functions has been increased,the hydraulic and electronic control systems have also been fully revised. All Cayman/Cayman S models, the '07 Boxster/Boxster S and the 997 range (non GT) feature the improved Tiptronic S. It features variable gearshift programs as opposed to fixed shifting characteristics.

Coupled with SportChrono, when Sport mode is on:

When on "D":

  • The gear changing maps are boosted. Increasing the engine speeds for gear changing (at speeds of 3,000 rpm and above).
  • Gear changes are sportier by shortening the shifting times. The reduction in shifting times results from faster filling of the clutches with oil (response time)and a higher oil pressure level when performing the shifting operation.
  • System downshifts are initiated at lower acceleration and higher speeds (in comparison with when the Sport Chrono switch is off) to increase agility.

When on "M":

  • No automatic upshift will be effected when the engine speed limit is reached. As opposed to when Sport mode is off. (This also happens when PSM is off, even of SC is not even equipped on the car).
  • Upshifts when the engine speed limit is reached can be overridden via the kickdown function.When the engine speed limit is reached in M-gate during a passing manoeuvre for example. Upshift can be executed even without pressing the switches on the steering wheel.

Starting from the '09 models (Both 987 and 997), the Tiptronic has been superseded by the PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplungstriebe) 7-speed double clutch transmission.


Pictures

Tip lever

Tip rockers

Benefits:
  • As with any automatic, the ease of use, especially in heavy traffic.
  • Shifts faster than anyone can (on Sport Mode).
  • No risk of over-revving on downshifts.
  • On the track it can manage itself, leaving the driver to focus on the racing lines.
  • Related to the above, it makes it easier to left foot brake.
Drawbacks:
  • The car is 88 lbs/40 kg heavier,
  • Top speed is reduced from 171 mph/275 km/hto 166 mph/267 km/h (Porsche official specs, not exactly true ;) )
  • 0 - 62 mph (0-100 km/h) times are increased from 5.1 seconds to 6.1 seconds.
  • 50 - 75 mph (50 -  120 km/h) times are increased from 6.3 to 6.6 seconds (penultimate gear, i.e., second to last gear), 
  • Urban mileage decreases from 18.5 MPG to 17.3 MPG
  • Overall mileage decreases from 28 MPG to 25.7 MPG, 
  • CO2 emissions increase from 254 to 262 g/km
  • Drag Coeffiecient increases from 0.29 to 0.30 (Cayman S) and to 0.31 (Boxster S).
  • No LSD for tiptronic so far.
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TPMS - Tire Pressure Monitoring System [482]

TPMS
Option Code: 482   Prices:
2006-2008 2009-2010
$590 Standard

Description:

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) provides early warning of any drop in tire pressure by continuously monitoring the pressure in each tire using a dedicated sensor attached to the tire valve, and alerting you via the onboard computer display in the event of a pressure deficiency. It communicates the exact pressure of each tire and/or their deviation from ideal pressure. This does away with the need for regular air pressure checks at the service station, which often prove highly inconvenient.

Additionally, having the correct air pressure reduces tire wear (a deficiency in pressure of 0.3 bar (4.4psi) can reduce the service life of tires by up to 25%). Driving on under inflated tires also results in increased fuel consumption.


Pictures

Tpms Illustration

Tpms Display

Benefits:
  • Provides early warning of tire pressure loss.
  • To some extent, gives an indication of tire pressure.
Drawbacks:
  • Not a replacement for a conventional tire gauge.
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Wheel Options

Cayman Wheel Options Cayman Wheel Options Cayman Wheel Options
 
Option Codes: See Below
Prices: See Below

Description:

CAYMAN:   From 2006-2008 ("Generation I"),  the base model Cayman came standard with 17" x 6.5" front wheels and 17" x 8" rear wheels.  For 2009-2010,  the "Generation II" standard wheels were 17" x 7" in front and 17" x 8.5" at the rear, due to the fitting of larger brakes equivalent in size to those of the S model. But the tire sizes (205/55 ZR-17 in front and 235/50-ZR17 in the rear) have remained the same.  All wheels are aluminum alloy, with the 2009-10 style differing from the original 2006-08 style.  While the older style beared a passing resemblance to the later Type 986 Boxster S wheels,  the newer style resembles a thinner-spoked version of the original Cayman S wheels from 2006-08.

CAYMAN S:  The Cayman S model comes standard with 18" x 8" wheels in front and 18" x 9" wheels at the rear. with 235/40-ZR18 front tires and 265/40ZR18 rears.  Again, the 2009-10 "Gen II" models boasted a revised aluminum alloy wheel design compared with the earlier models.  The early models had a design based loosely on the Carrera GT,  while the newer ones contain a more complicated, sculpted 5-spoke design.

WHEEL OPTIONS:  Cayman S wheels are optional on the base Cayman,  but the 17" wheels are not available on the S models.  The Boxster's base 17" wheels and 18" S wheels are also available (except the 17" is only available on the base Cayman).  All other wheel options are 19" diameter, and are available on all Cayman models (base and S).  As all the wheels use the same bolt circle, each of these wheels can be ordered aftermarket from Porsche (Tequipment catalog) and bolt on directly. 

REPLICAS:  It is noted that the currently-available Tequipment catalogs for both Gen I and Gen II Caymans do not list the 2006-08 standard Cayman, Cayman S, Boxster and Boxster S wheels any longer.  Such wheels may be purchased used or as "replicas" from companies such as Wheel Enhancement or Wheel Dynamics.  The replicas are usually slightly heavier than the OEM wheels. Replicas of current standard as well as optional wheels are also often available.  The best quality replicas tend to be produced in Italy or elsewhere in Europe, and are cheaper
(by about $300-500 per wheel) than OEM equipment, but are generally more costly than replicas produced in China or elsewhere in Asia. 

Related Options:


Wheels are equipped standard with a gray screened Porsche crest on each hub or, optionally, with hubs each containing a colored crest (Option Code 446) at a cost of $185.  5 mm wheel spacers (Option Code XRP), designed to widen the track,  are available for $490.  A variety of other "wheel accessories", not available on the 17" wheels, can add significantly to the cost of the wheels, including (codes and prices are for 2009-10 models):

Option Code
Description
Cost
XD9
Rims and Caps - Exterior Color $1,490
XDA
Wheels Painted Black
$1,815
XDB
Wheels Painted Basalt Black
$1,815
XDC
Wheels Painted Speed Yellow
$1,815



Wheels:

2006-08 Standard Wheels
Option Code
Description
Pictures
398
17" Cayman
Standard on Caymans with 2.7 litre engine
Not Available on S Models

Front: 6.5"J x 17" - 55 mm offset. 205/55 ZR17

Rear: 8"J x 17" -  40 mm offset. 235/50 ZR17

17" Cayman I wheels
401
18" Cayman S
Standard on Cayman S


Front: 8"J x 18" H2 - 57mm offset 235/40 ZR18
Rear: 9.0"J x 18" H2 - 43 mm offset 265/40 ZR18

$1235 option on Cayman


18" Cayman S I wheels

2009-10 Standard Wheels
Option Code
Description
Pictures
399
17" Cayman (II)
Standard on Caymans with 2.9 litre engine
Not Available on S Models

Front: 7"J x 17" - 55 mm offset. 205/55 ZR17

Rear: 8.5"J x 17" -  40 mm offset. 235/50 ZR17

 

17" Cayman II
409
18" Cayman S (II)
Standard on Cayman S


Front: 8"J x 18" - 57 mm offset 235/40 ZR18

Rear: 9.0"J x 18" - 43 mm offset 265/40 ZR18


$1235 option on Cayman


18" Cayman II

Option Code (Years Available)
Description
Pictures
393 (2006-08)
17" Boxster (II)
Not Available on S Models

Front: 6.5"J x 17" - 55 mm offset. 205/55 ZR17

Rear: 8"J x 17" - 40 mm offset. 235/50 ZR17


$390 option on Cayman

17" Boxster II wheels
397 (2006-08)

18" Boxster S (II)

Front: 8"J x 18" - 57 mm offset 235/40 ZR18

Rear: 9.0"J x 18" - 43 mm offset 265/40 ZR18


$1235 option on Cayman

Boxster S II wheels
394 (2009-10)
17" Boxster (III)
Not Available on S Models

Front: 7"J x 17" - 55 mm offset. 205/55 ZR17

Rear: 8.5"J x 17" - 40 mm offset. 235/50 ZR17


$390 option on Cayman

17" Boxster II wheels
408 (2009-10)
18" Boxster S (III)


Front: 8"J x 18" - 57 mm offset 235/40 ZR18

Rear: 9.0"J x 18" - 43 mm offset 265/40 ZR18


$1235 option on Cayman

Boxster S III wheels
403 (2006-08)
19" Carrera S

Front: 8"J x 19"- 57mm offset 235/35 ZR19

Rear: 9.5"J x 19" - 46mm offset 265/35 ZR19


$2785 option on Cayman
$1550 option on Cayman S

19" Carrera S Lobster Fork wheels
404 (2006-10)

19" Turbo

Front: 8"J x 19" - 57mm offset 235/35 ZR19

Rear: 9.5"J x 19" - 46mm offset 265/35 ZR19

$3675 option on Cayman
$2440 option on Cayman S

19" Turbo wheels
405 (2006-10)
19" Carrera Classic

Front: 8"J x 19" - 57mm offset 235/35 ZR19

Rear: 9.5"J x 19" - 46mm offset 265/35 ZR19

$3175 option on Cayman
$1940 option on Cayman S

19" Carrera Classic wheels
407 (2006-10)
19" Sport Design

Front: 8"J x 19" - 57mm offset. 235/35 ZR19

Rear: 9.5"J x 19" - 46mm offset. 265/35 ZR19

$3175 option on Cayman
$1940 option on Cayman S

19" Sportdesign wheels
XRR (2006-10)
19" Carrera Sport

Front: 8.5"J x 19" - 55mm offset. 235/35 ZR19

Rear: 10"J x 19" - 42mm offset. 265/35 ZR19


$3620 option on Cayman
$2385 option on Cayman S

Carrera Sport 19" wheels
419 (2009-10)
19" Carrera S (II)

Front: 8"J x 19"- 57mm offset 235/35 ZR19

Rear: 9.5"J x 19" - 46mm offset 265/35 ZR19



$2785 option on Cayman
$1550 option on Cayman S

19" Carrera S II Wheels

Trade-Offs:


Which is the right wheel and tire combination for you?  It depends on what you use your car for and what kind of roads you drive on regularly.  Potholed streets can cause bent rims and jarring rides for all Caymans but these issues are especially pronounced on cars with 19" wheels, less so with the 18" wheels, and even less so with the 17 inchers.  A lot depends on whether or not you have
PASM on your car.  With PASM, the ride even with 19" wheels is considered by many to be acceptable in normal (non-sport) mode.  However, some people track their vehicles with 18-inch or even 17-inch wheels in lieu of the 19's.

Keep in mind that all Caymans (base and S models) come with the same level / quality /speed-rating of performance radial tires regardless of wheel size.

17" wheels/tires (standard and available only on non-S models) have better ride characteristics for vehicles without PASM and provide the lightest wheel weight and lightest steering response.   If you desire the most bling for your dollar, and don't mind the additional price of tire replacements, ride roughness/noise, etc.,  then 19" is your best bet.  No surprise then that most of Porsche's wheel options are 19" and of course they are also the most expensive.   18" wheels offer the best compromise, with ride / handling characteristics closer to the 17" wheels, but there are only two 18" choices (Cayman S or Boxster S wheels), though they can be color-coordinated to taste, as discussed above.

Below is a summary at a glance of wheel trade-offs.
 
Wheel Size
Advantages
Disadvantages
17-inch
Least expensive tire replacement.
Lightest, most responsive steering feel.
Lightest wheel weight.
Best ride characteristics for non-PASM vehicles.
Newer (2009-10) versions offer simple-to-clean 5-spoke design resembling old "S" wheels.
Not as attractive to many people as larger wheels - narrower track and thicker sidewalls.
Earlier (2006-08) versions have 10 spoke wheels - more difficult to clean.
18-inch
Best ride / handling / appearance balance between wheel choices.
Appears to be preferred choice for track use due to wider range of available tires.
Old Cayman S wheel design (2006-08) relatively simple to clean (5 large spokes).
Porsche offers a limited number of wheel options in this size range.
Newer designs more difficult to clean.

19-inch
Best variety of factory wheel options.
With PASM,  ride is acceptable to many.


Without PASM, rough ride and road noise.
Heaviest wheels.
Easier to bend or damage in urban environment.
Most expensive tires to replace.

 
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FAQ Information: This FAQ was originally developed by chows4us and has been updated / expanded by engnr1 and the FAQ Team. Last Revised: May 2010


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