Engine Porsche M97.20

The 2.7-liter boxer Porsche M97.20 engine was produced by the company from 2006 to 2009 and was installed on the basic modifications of the Cayman coupe or Boxster cabriolet in the back of the 987. This power unit is a seriously updated version of the engine under the M96.23 index.

Engines of M97-line: M97.20, M97.21.


Production years 2006-2009
Displacement, cc 2687
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 245
Torque output, Nm 273
Cylinder block aluminum H6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 85.5
Piston stroke, mm 78
Compression ratio 11.3
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator VarioCam Plus
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 7.75
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Porsche Cayman 2007)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 192

The engine was installed on:

  • Porsche Boxster 2 (987) in 2006 – 2008;
  • Porsche Cayman 1 (987) in 2006 – 2009.

Disadvantages of the Porsche M97.20 engine

  • First of all, units of the M97 family are known for the formation of scuffing in cylinders;
  • Touched such motors and a massive problem with the bearing of the intermediate shaft;
  • Also, engines are very demanding on lubrication and the liners often turn here;
  • Timing chain does not have a large resource;
  • The weak points of the engine include its cooling system, in particular the water pump.

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