Start of 718 Cayman Production
Porsche has begun production line assembly of the first 718 Cayman cars, construction of which will soon be absorbed into its plant at Zuffenhausen…
The third iteration of Cayman, the 718, has successfully negotiated Porsche’s start of production procedures (SoP) ahead of first deliveries expected in September this year. Up until now the Cayman has been built at Volkswagen’s Osnabruck plant, but from August Porsche will build all of its two-door sports cars, including the 911 and 718, solely in Stuttgart. Porsche heralds the move as a milestone in its 75-year history with the Zuffenhausen area, where it says workmanship is impeccable and proof that ‘our employees work with perfection and passion on a daily basis’. Sounds like a dig at someone, doesn’t it?
In the past Porsche has questioned the standard of workmanship at Volkswagen’s factories, most overtly during VW’s construction of the 924 at its Neckarsulm plant in the 1970s. The move to absorb Cayman production into its own factories is said to be a result of the completion of updating work at the Zuffenhausen plant, and based on a scale of economies. VW has also been in the process of closing some of its plants tasked with building other cars within the VAG group (such as Audis) as part of a money saving streamlining process. Might Porsche’s move also be born out of concerns over the build quality of its cars constructed away from Stuttgart, and designed to distance Porsche cars both psychically and publicly from the recent VW scandal? The Porsche PR machine cannot have failed to consider the benefits of the split in terms of public perceptions.
Ramping up production at Zuffenhausen will see Porsche producing 240 cars per day by August, up from the 220 it currently makes daily. In 2015 Porsche delivered 22,663 Boxster and Cayman vehicles, 993 less units than during 2014 representing a natural decline as the 981 model’s lifecycle draws to a close. With the introduction of the 718 Cayman and Boxster cars with newly-developed turbocharged four-cylinder engines, the two cars share the same levels of engine power for the first time; 300hp from the 2.0-litre and 350hp from the 2.5-litre S version.
See more of the new 718 Cayman below, and read about it in detail and see our first drive report on its Roadster twin, the 718 Boxster, in our June issue, available through our online shop here.