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Meet 718 Cayman, Porsche's least expensive sports car, and Cayman S [w/video]

Monday, April 25, 2016

Photos courtesy Porsche

The 718 Cayman, unveiled by Porsche last night along with the Cayman S, has become the automaker’s entry-level sports car with a price that undercuts the new 718 Boxster by more than two grand.

This may not seem like a big deal, but the Cayman, a fixed-roof sports car, had always been a couple stacks dearer than the Boxster, the latter of which no doubt was more expensive to manufacture with its relatively complicated folding roof. That legacy is no more as the 718 Cayman and Cayman S assume more logical positions slotted under the convertible 718 models.

Naturally they both get the new flat fours, which are identical in horsepower to the Boxsters’, in place of the old flat sixes. The 2.0-liter in the base model makes 300 horsepower, while the 2.5-liter steps it up to 350. More impressively, the Cayman's 280 pound-feet of torque represents a 67 lb-ft increase over the 981. The Cayman S's torque jumped to 309 lb-ft, up 37 lb-ft over the old 3.4-liter naturally aspirated flat six.

Previously Cayman models would be equipped the same engines found in the Boxsters yet somehow eke out a few more horsepower. Cases in point: 987 Cayman R (330 hp) and Boxster Spyder (320 hp); 981 Cayman GTS (340 hp) and Boxster GTS (330 hp); and the list goes on. With the new 718s, that also no longer is the case.

Equal in power output, Porsche figures the 718 Cayman and Cayman S perform identically to the Boxster and Boxster S. With the dual-clutch PDK transmission and optional Sport Chrono package, the 2.0-liter cars will do 0-60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds and the S models will do it in four seconds flat. The 718 Cayman and Boxster both have 170 mph top speeds. Their S counterparts top out at 177.

Stopping duties fall to brakes lifted from the 981 Cayman S for the 718 Cayman and four-piston 911 Carrera brakes for the 718 Cayman S, with 6-millimeter thicker front rotors.

Adaptive suspension remains an option. Go for PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) and the Cayman is lowered 10mm. PASM Sport will lower it another 10mm and presumably endows the car with better performance and handling. This is the first time PASM Sport has been offered on a Cayman.

Yes, Porsche’s mid-engined coupes are losing two cylinders — and gaining a turbocharger — but the 718 Cayman looks much like the outgoing model, with the exception of design cues found on the 718 Boxster. Larger air intakes up front have slim running light strips above them for a more “muscular” look, according to Porsche. The front also has more defined horizontal edges, emphasizing its width. There are more changes at the rear, notably the brake lights in relation to the rear spoiler: They are now separate pieces. The model script also appears under the spoiler instead of between it and the rear window.

The interior has been updated with the sport steering wheel featuring a rotary dial to change performance settings, a revised infotainment system with a new 7-inch multi-touch screen which supports Apple CarPlay, and redesigned upper dashboard and air vents.

The 718 Cayman starts at $53,900 for the base model and $66,300 for the S, excluding the $1,050 delivery charge. Look for them in dealerships in late November 2016. In the meantime, scroll down to watch a video and for Porsche's full press release.

Source: Porsche and via YouTube


Official Porsche Press Release

Poised for precision: The new 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman
Mid-engine sports coupe with new turbocharged flat-four cylinder engines and enhanced suspension

Atlanta, Georgia. Today Porsche announces the new 718 Cayman models. Following the debut of the new 718 Boxster, the new 718 Cayman complements the roadster in the mid-engine model line-up. This third generation of the mid-engine sports coupe has a more striking and athletic appearance, and for the first time, the coupe is priced below the roadster.

The new turbocharged flat-four cylinder engines from the 718 Boxster power the 718 Cayman, making the power output identical for both models. The 2.5 liter powerplant in the S model produces 350 horsepower, while the 2.0 liter engine in the 718 Cayman delivers 300 horsepower. Both models make 25 more horsepower than their respective predecessors.

The abundant torque produced by the new engines yields driving pleasure and agility even at low revs. The 2.0 liter engine of the 718 Cayman delivers up to 280 lb.-ft., which is available between 1,950 rpm and 4,500 rpm. This represents a 67 lb.-ft. increase over the previous Cayman. The 2.5 liter engine in the 718 Cayman S features a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG), technology previously utilized in the 911 Turbo. That engine delivers up to 309 lb.-ft. of torque (37 lb.-ft. more than the previous Cayman S) to the crankshaft between 1,900 and 4,500 rpm. Both engines used in the 718 Cayman models are equipped with an integrated wastegate to optimize boost pressure across driving scenarios. The result: confidence inspiring passing power and superior drivability in any situation. The 718 Cayman with PDK and optional Sport Chrono Package reaches 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. The 718 Cayman S is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.0 seconds. The top track speed of the 718 Cayman is 170 miles per hour, and the 718 Cayman S can reach a top track speed of 177 miles per hour.

New chassis tuning for greater cornering precision and more lateral grip 
With their superb driving dynamics, the new 718 Cayman models follow in the footsteps of the legendary 718 race cars. Thanks to their outstanding agility, the historic mid-engine sports cars won numerous races including Le Mans and the Targa Florio in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Firmer springs and sway bars as well as retuned shock absorbers improve lateral grip and tracking stability. The steering rack with a 10 percent quicker on-center ratio compared to the previous model has been adapted from the 911 Turbo and enhances agility as well as driving pleasure. The rear wheels, which are one-half inch wider, and a new generation of tires increase lateral grip to allow for even better cornering.

Performance enhancing options such as the Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) sharpen the sporty character of the 718 Cayman even further. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with a 10 millimeter reduction in ride height is also optionally available. Furthermore, the S model can be ordered with the PASM Sport suspension for the first time, which lowers the car by 20 millimeters. As in other Porsche sports cars, the Sport Chrono Package can now be adjusted using the Mode Switch on the steering wheel. Supplementing the previous settings of "Normal," "Sport," and "Sport Plus" is the "Individual" program, which can store and call up the driver's preferred settings.

Due to the car's increased performance, uprated brake systems with 330 mm brake rotors at the front and 299 mm rear rotors are now standard. The 718 Cayman uses the brakes from the previous Cayman S, while the 718 Cayman S is equipped with the four-piston calipers of the 911 Carrera combined with six millimeter thicker front brake rotors.

Distinctive design for a more muscular appearance
The new 718 Cayman has been enhanced as comprehensively in its design as it has in its technology. The taut proportions, prominent air intakes on the sides and at the front, as well as the low side profile underscore the uprated dynamics. The front fascia has a sharper profile, which gives the front of the car a wider and more muscular appearance. The ultra-slim front lights above the air intakes, which house the positioning lights and indicators, reinforce this impression. Significantly larger cooling air intakes and Bi-Xenon™ headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights also characterize the new 718 Cayman. LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are available as a new option. The redesigned rear fascia appears wider than before due to the high-gloss black accent strip with integrated Porsche logotype. The taillights have been completely redesigned and are distinguished by the three-dimensional look and four-point brake lights that appear to float freely.

Redesigned interior with standard PCM
Inside, revisions are visible for both the 718 Cayman and the 718 Boxster. The upper part of the dashboard and the air vents are new. The new 918 Spyder design sport steering wheel and extensive connectivity options have now been added to the 718 cockpit. Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and the eight speaker Sound Package Plus audio system are standard. The capabilities of the PCM can be extended with options such as the Connect module. It includes special extensions for smartphones, such as the USB port, Apple CarPlay and Porsche Car Connect. Another available option is the navigation module with voice control, which makes it easy to enter driving destinations. The Connect Plus module offers real-time traffic information, Apple CarPlay, Google Earth, Google Street View, and WiFi connectivity. Drivers can also make use of additional comprehensive services via their smartphone, which include the Porsche Connect App and Porsche Car Connect.

The 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S are on sale now and will reach U.S. dealers in late November, 2016. The 718 Cayman has a starting MSRP of $53,900, and the 718 Cayman S starts at $66,300, excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee.

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