The Model 187 was a proposed light aircraft by United States manufacturer Cessna in the 1970s. As the lighter Model 177 had been intended to replace the 172, so the 187 was intended to replace the 182.
Cabin doors on the 187 resembled the wide doors of the 177, and since there was no wing strut to impede its movement, the door opened to more than 90°. The windshield was more highly sloped than that of the 182, similar to the deep slope of the 177 windshield. The aft fuselage included a rear window with slope similar to that of the 177. There was room for 4 people, and a baggage area, with a separate access door on the pilot's (left) side. The engine was the same as the 182's engine, the Continental O-470 which delivered 230 hp (170 kW), with an 84-inch (2,100 mm) constant-speed propeller.
The program entered initial design in 1965, before the Model 177 had been officially introduced. Construction of the first prototype began in early 1968. Only one flying aircraft, with serial number 666 and tail number N7167C, was completed. Static test articles were also constructed, but were not tested to their full strength before the program was canceled.
There were a few problems during flight testing, such as blanking and partial stalling of the stabilator during stalls, an empty weight greater than that of the airplane it was intended to replace, and noseheaviness. However, the greatest obstacle to the program's acceptance was that the more complex wing's manufacturing cost would have pushed the aircraft price out of the acceptable marketing niche. Therefore the program was canceled and the prototype was destroyed that same year.