Porsche 718 Cayman

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Just a few weeks after the debut of the new 718 Boxster, the new Porsche 718 Cay­man is exten­ding the new model series.

The same new four-cylin­der flat engi­nes with tur­bo­char­ging as in the 718 Boxster are being deployed in the 718 Cay­man. As a result, coupé and road­ster have an iden­ti­cal engine out­put for the first time. The entry-level ver­sion starts with 220 kW (300 hp) from two litres of displa­ce­ment. The S model deli­vers 257 kW (350 hp) with a displa­ce­ment of 2.5 litres. This repre­sents 18 kW (25 hp) more power com­pa­red to the pre­de­ces­sor models.

The tre­men­dous torque of the new engi­nes in the 718 Cay­man pro­mi­ses dri­ving fun and agi­lity even at low revs. The two-litre engine of the 718 Cay­man achie­ves a torque of up to 380 Nm (plus 90 Nm), which is ava­ila­ble between 1,950 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The 2.5-litre engine of the 718 Cay­man S featu­res a tur­bo­char­ger with varia­ble tur­bine geo­me­try (VTG), a tech­no­logy hitherto used exc­lu­si­vely in the 911 Turbo. In the 718 Cay­man S, the VTG char­ger addi­tio­nally has a waste­gate for the first time. It deli­vers up to 420 Nm (an extra 50 Nm) to the crank­shaft at engine spe­eds between 1,900 and 4,500 rpm.

The 718 Cay­man with PDK and optio­nal Sport Chrono Pac­kage sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. The 718 Cay­man S com­ple­tes this sprint in 4.2 seconds. The top speed of the 718 Cay­man is 275 km/h, and the 718 Cay­man S can reach a speed of 285 km/h.

In terms of their dri­ving dyna­mics, the new 718 Cay­man models fol­low in the tracks of the clas­sic 718 cars. Late­ral rigi­dity and wheel trac­king have been impro­ved in the com­ple­tely retu­ned chas­sis of the 718 Cay­man; springs and sta­bi­li­sers have been desi­gned to be fir­mer and the tuning of the shock absor­bers has been revi­sed. The ste­ering, which has been con­fi­gu­red to be ten per cent more direct, enhan­ces agi­lity and dri­ving fun. The rear whe­els, which are one-half of an inch wider, in com­bi­na­tion with the rede­ve­lo­ped tyres result in an incre­ased late­ral force poten­tial and hence in gre­ater cor­ne­ring sta­bi­lity.

The new 718 Cay­man has been fur­ther deve­lo­ped as com­pre­hen­si­vely in its design as in its tech­no­logy. The taut pro­por­tions, pro­mi­nent air inta­kes at the front and sides and low side pro­file under­score the boost in dyna­mics. The nose has a much shar­per pro­file, which gives the front end a wider and more mascu­line appe­arance. The ultra-slim front lights above the air inta­kes, which con­tain the par­king lights and indi­ca­tors, fur­ther rein­force this impres­sion. The rede­si­gned rear has a much wider look due to the accent strip in high-gloss black with inte­gra­ted Porsche badge between the tail lights. The tail lights have been com­ple­tely rede­si­gned and are distin­gu­ished by the three-dimen­sio­nal tech­no­logy and four brake spots that appear to float fre­ely. The new sport ste­ering wheel in the 918 Spy­der design as well as the exten­sive con­nec­ti­vity options have now been added to the 718 cock­pit along with the Porsche Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Mana­ge­ment (PCM) as a stan­dard feature.

The 718 Cay­man and 718 Cay­man S can be orde­red now. The Euro­pean mar­ket launch begins at the end of Sep­tem­ber 2016. For the first time, the hard-top is pri­ced below the road­ster – in a simi­lar way to the 911 models. 718 Cay­man pri­cing starts at 51,623 euros in Ger­many, and the 718 Cay­man S costs from 64,118 euros, each inc­lu­ding VAT and coun­try-spe­ci­fic featu­res.

Despite there are not many big chan­ges, we really like the new 718 Cay­man. What you think? Ple­ase com­ment below!