Since its debut in 2005, the Porsche Cayman has earned a particular reputation as a driver’s car among owners and fans alike. Now, the new 718 Cayman aims to once more set the class benchmark for driving performance. The two-seater sports coupé gains a four cylinder turbo ‘boxer’ engines with more power and efficiency. The latest and fourth generation of the mid-engined, two-seater sports coupé is distinguished by a distinctive athletic appearance, with the new engines delivering upwards of 300 hp.
Like the 718 Boxster, the new 718 Cayman models continue the tradition of the Porsche 718 mid-engined sports cars that won numerous races in the 1950s and 1960s, powered by four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engines. The same new four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engines with turbocharging that first debuted in the 718 Boxster are shared with the 718 Cayman. As a result, coupé and roadster Porsche models offer identical engine outputs for the first time.
The 718 Cayman derivative is powered by a 300 hp 2.0-litre engine. The 718 Cayman S features a 350 hp 2.5-litre engine. This represents 25 hp more power compared to the prior models. Torque goes up along with it – by 67 pound-feet in the base model to 280, and by 37 lb-ft in the Cayman S to 309. The extra muscle translates to a 0-to-60 time as low as 4.5 seconds for the 718 Cayman, or 4.0 flat for the 718 Cayman S, with top speeds clocked at 170 and 177 miles per hour, respectively.
In terms of driving dynamics, the new 718 Cayman follows in the spirit of the classic 718 cars. Thanks to their outstanding agility, the historic mid-engine sports racers won numerous races in the 1950s and 1960s such as the Targa Florio and Le Mans. Porsche has retuned the suspension, tightened the steering rack, widened the rear wheels, and enlarged the brakes. The standard Cayman now uses the brake system from the previous ‘S’, while the new ‘S’ uses four-piston calipers from the 911 with 6mm thicker discs.
It’s all wrapped in new bodywork and operated from a refreshed interior. Buyers can choose to add a torque-vectoring electronic rear differential, adaptive dampers (known in Porsche speak as PASM) with 10mm lower ride height, or PASM sport with a 20mm lower ride height. The Sport Chrono pack adds a mode switch on the 918 Spyder-style steering wheel with Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual modes.
US deliveries are set to commence in November, with prices starting at $54,950 (including the destination fee) for the base model and $67,350 for the S model. Those are just starting points, with key options like the Sport Chrono pack, torque vectoring, and active suspension promising to inflate those figures as rapidly as the new Cayman will cover ground.
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