RIDES: Porsche Debuts the 718 Cayman

April 26, 2016

The Porsche 718 Cayman, the third generation of the mid-engine sports coupe, has a more striking and athletic appearance, according to the luxury automaker.


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 2-liter engine of the 718 Cayman delivers up to 280 lb.-ft. of torque, 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 718 Cayman with PDK and optional Sport Chrono Package reaches 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The 718 Cayman S is able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4 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.

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.

New Chassis Tuning

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. The rear wheels, which are one-half inch wider, and a new generation of tires increase lateral grip to allow for even better cornering.

Muscular Appearance

The taut proportions of the new 718 Cayman-prominent air intakes on the sides and at the front, as well as the low side profile-underscore the uprated dynamics, according to Porsche. 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 3D look and four-point brake lights that appear to float freely.

Redesigned Interior

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, according to Porsche.

Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and the eight-speaker Sound Package Plus audio system are standard.

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