New Porsche 718 Cayman
Smaller engine. More power. All you need to know about the new Porsche Cayman
With a new name and a new engine, the biggest changes about the new Porsche 718 Cayman may not be its looks. Porsche has added ‘718’ to the name as a tribute to mid-engined sports cars from the 50’s and 60’s that used a mid-mounted four-cylinder boxer engines, the same as the new Cayman. This may come as a shock at first that the charismatic six-cylinder is no longer available, but losing two cylinders has done very little to reduce the performance or desirability of the Cayman.
As with most new Porsches the design isn’t necessarily revolutionary, but then there wasn’t anything wrong with the previous model. Porsche have made the new Cayman slightly more muscular with taut proportions and prominent air intakes at the front and sides as well as a sweeping profile to boost the dynamic looks of the 718.
If the new model is anything like the previous Cayman then all these changes will do very little to harm what is essentially a very good sports car. More direct than the Boxster with more focus on the driver, the 718 Cayman has a lot to live up to.
- Porsche 718 Cayman Specifications
Outside the new Porsche 718 Cayman gets Bi-Xenon headlights in a new design with integrated LED daytime running lights. The design is sharper and cleaner than before although not perhaps instantly recognisable as an update. The rear looks wider than before thanks to some tweaks to the taillights and adds to the low, wide and sleek look of the car.
Inside has been refreshed but remains familiar with an emphasis on horizontal lines and providing the driver with everything you could need within easy reach. The instrument cluster features a 4.6” colour screen while a 7” multi-functional touch screen housed in the centre console is used for infotainment.
Standard specification includes 18” alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, single-tube tailpipe, Sport button, Porsche Communication Management that includes mobile phone preparation and Sound Package Plus. Cayman S models get all of the above as well as 19” alloy wheels as well as sports-style pedals and footrest.
- Porsche 718 Cayman Engines
As before, the Cayman is offered with two engines, the standard being a 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 300hp and 380Nm of torque. The Cayman S mean while uses a 2.5 litre turbo four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 350hp and 420Nm of torque.
- Porsche 718 Cayman Prices
The Porsche 718 Cayman starts from £39,878 on the road while the Cayman S starts from £48,834 on the road. It’s easy to get carried away with the optional extras however and opting for bi-colour leather seats adds an additional £2,424 to the price alone. Electric sports seats cost an extra £1,538, bucket seats cost £2,226, DAB radio £284, so it’s easy to see those prices going up.
- Porsche 718 Cayman Launch Date
The Porsche 718 Cayman is now available to order with first deliveries expected in Autumn 2016.