New Porsche 718 Cayman Revealed
Porsche has taken the wraps off the new four-cylinder turbocharged 718 Cayman at the Beijing Motor Show…
Following the arrival of the latest Boxster in January this year, this is the second new car to receive the 718 label, and the new Cayman shares much with its roadster relation. We already knew that the power unit would be the headline change for Porsche’s mid-engined two-seater, and indeed is it. The Cayman has officially downsized from six- to four- cylinders, and like the 718 Boxster, and the second-generation 991 Carrera, it’s now turbocharged.
Two versions of the new flat four engine are available at launch; a 2.0- and 2.5-litre, they produce 300 and 350hp respectively, with 280lb ft (an increase of 66lb ft in the Cayman) and 310lb ft torque (a smaller gain of 36lb ft for the S). It’s a marked improvement over the outgoing 2.7- and 3.4-litre 981 models of 25 horsepower for each, but it is chiefly how that improvement is delivered which is key – on paper there are gains in efficiencies and driveability.
The Cayman S uses Porsche’s variable turbine technology (VTG), the system previously associated with the 911 Turbo. More than ever, there is now a stark performance gap between the Boxster and Boxster S, this will also be true of the Cayman and Cayman S, and VTG technology is sure to play its part in that. Opt for PDK with Sport Chrono, and a Cayman will now dispatch 0-62mph in 4.7-seconds, that’s a full second faster than the old 2.7-litre entry-level car. An S model is even quicker at 4.2-seconds, shaving eight-tenths off its 981 counterpart.
Porsche has retuned the shock absorbers, and tweaked the springs and anti-roll bars for a firmer chassis setup, it claims there is a 10 percent improvement in the new car’s directness. The rear wheels of the Cayman are now half-and-inch wider than before. Sport Chrono remains an option and with it comes the ability to fine-tune the chassis to suit your preferences via the 911-style mode switch on the steering wheel (four modes are offered: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual).
Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) and PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) are optional, PASM lowers the car 10mm, S customers can specify PASM Sport for the first time, which lowers it a full 20mm. The brakes have been uprated too, the new Cayman employs the braking system from the 981 Cayman S, the new Cayman S borrows its setup from the 911 Carrera. The manual cars weigh 1335kg (Cayman) and 1355kg (Cayman S), which means both have gained bulk over their forebears, 5kgs in the case of the 2.0-litre Cayman, 15kgs for the 2.5-litre Cayman S, we can blame the additional turbocharging equipment for that. Still, this new Cayman is around 75kgs lighter than the 718 Boxster.
Perhaps the biggest identifiable styling change is down the flanks, where more prominent intakes work in conjunction with sweeping swage lines to encourage air flow into the engine. The nose has been mildly sharpened, so too the headlights (these now incorporate the four-point daytime running lights if you specify LED versions), and once more the increased air required by the new turbocharged four is catered for with muscular intakes. Out back the rear clusters now feature three-dimensional styling, with four separate brake lights.
Inside it’s mainly the upper section of the dash fascia that has changed the most. The new style of integrated PCM system appears, and a new sports steering wheel inspired by the one found in the 918 Spyder also features. For the first time the Cayman is now priced lower than the Boxster. A 718 Cayman starts at £39,878 (£1861 cheaper than a 718 Boxster), a 718 Cayman S starts at £48,834 (£2361 less than a Boxster S). Porsche says that this reflects the pricing structure of the coupé and cabriolet 911s. Deliveries start in September.