Porsche 718 Cayman S and Cayman
Not long ago we saw the new Porsche 718 Boxster and heard details of how the Cayman and Boxster would be rebranded. Besides the name change, with both models having a public numeric designation as 718, the Cayman will now sit just below the Boxster in the model lineup.
Thanks to this change the new 718 Cayman will now be the least expensive Porsche sports car in the lineup. However, this change doesn’t mean that the power plant of the Cayman will be less powerful than the Boxster as the same output will be available on both models.
Porsche 718 Cayman Exterior
The redesign of the 718 Cayman brings it fully inline with the Boxster. While this was largely the case with past Caymans it is now very clear that the coupe is the hard top version of the Boxster, with the design change over the 718 Boxster being the roof and rear hatch instead of the rear trunk and convertible top.
All other lines match between the two vehicles. The large side air-intakes get two horizontal fins, the rear end is reworked with Porsche prominently displayed between the tail lights. Up front the fascia was also reworked to incorporate larger air openings to help keep things running cool.
Porsche 718 Cayman Interior
Inside looks much like the outgoing model and should be familiar to anybody that has driven a modern Porsche. Although, the dash was reworked to improve ventilation. One other new feature is the control at the bottom right of the steering wheel that allows the driver to select the driving mode. The feature was first seen on the 918 Spyder and the new steering wheel is also designed after the hybrid supercar.
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is now a standard feature. With this you get mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and the 150-watt Sound Package Plus. Options to extend the functionality of the system with features like Apple CarPlay and Porsche Connect are also available.
Porsche 718 Cayman Engine and Performance
Right in the middle of the base 718 Cayman is a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four engine that pumps out 300 horsepower and 280 ft.-lb of torque from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm. When equipped with the PDK dual-clutch transmission and the Sports Chrono Package the standard Cayman can sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds. Flat out it can hit a top speed of 170 mph.
If you opt for the Porsche 718 Cayman S you get a mid-mounted 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four offering 350 horsepower and 309 ft.-lb of torque from 1,950 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The Cayman S when optioned with PDK and the Sports Chrono Package can rocket from 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds and on the track it can hit a top speed of 177 mph.
Porsche 718 Cayman Pricing and Availability
Just as the 911 Carrera Cabriolet is more expensive than the 911 Carrera coupe, the 718 Boxster is now more expensive than the 718 Cayman. Thanks to this the Cayman pricing starts at 51,623 euros in Germany (US pricing puts it at $53,900), and the 718 Cayman S costs from 64,118 euros (US pricing starts at $66,300). The Porsche 718 Cayman is expected to hit dealerships at the end of September, 2016.
Porsche may have been forced to reduce the size of the engine and use forced induction due to government regulations, but they also managed to make a more powerful sports car. While it won’t have exactly the same feel as the outgoing Cayman based on our experience with the 718 Boxster the 718 Cayman should be very good.
We also like the move to make the Boxster and Cayman the same model with the same power outputs and performance. The move then makes the decision simply if you want a coupe or a roaster (and of course if you want to spend a bit more for the Boxtser). We look forward to getting behind the wheel of one of these mid-engined machines very soon, but until then we can image how it will drive based on our past experience.