Porsche’s revised and renamed mid-engined coupé adopts the same four-cylinder engines as the 718 Boxster; priced from £40k, on sale in September
26 April 2016

Porsche has released a video of its new 718 Cayman, which made its world debut at the Beijing motor show over the weekend.

The two-seat coupé follows the recent unveiling of its mechanically identical soft-top sibling, the 718 Boxster, and benefits from many of the mid-life modifications brought to that car, including a newly developed 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine in place of the existing model’s naturally aspirated six-cylinder unit.

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Due to reach the UK in September, the 296bhp 718 Cayman is priced at £39,878, while the 345bhp 2.5-litre 718 Cayman S is pitched at £48,834, representing a respective £184 more and £51 less than the models they replace. It is the first time the coupé has been priced below the roadster, which starts from £41,739, echoing the 911 model range.

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Reflecting the styling changes brought to the 718 Boxster, the 718 Cayman receives a revised front bumper featuring larger cooling ducts, a more structured shape and new indicator repeater lights.

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Along the flanks, the air duct used to feed air to the engine has been reshaped for increased cooling efficiency and the sills have been made more prominent.

At the rear, the mid-engined Porsche adopts new tail-lights, a horizontal accent strip housing a Porsche badge and a redesigned bumper with an altered diffuser element and new tailpipes. The 718 Cayman receives a central trapezoidal design, while the 718 Cayman S features double round units.

Inside, a revised dashboard, a 918 Spyder-inspired steering wheel and the Porsche Communication Management system feature. A list of options includes a module supporting an interface for Apple CarPlay and Porsche Car Connect.

The 718 Cayman line-up is powered by the same pair of turbocharged four-cylinder engines recently introduced with the 718 Boxster.

In 2.0-litre guise, the base horizontally opposed unit provides the 718 Cayman with 296bhp, along with 280lb ft between 1950rpm and 4500rpm. This represents a 25bhp increase in power and a full 66lb ft more than the naturally aspirated 2.7-litre flat six engine it replaces.

The larger 2.5-litre engine in the 718 Cayman S uses a variable-vane turbo to help it make 345bhp and 310lb ft, 25bhp and 37lb ft more than the naturally aspirated 3.4-litre flat six it supplants.

Gearbox choices continue to include a standard six-speed manual unit and an optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic.

When fitted with the optional PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono package, the 718 Cayman can hit 62mph from rest in a claimed 4.7sec and reach a top speed of 170mph, improvements of 0.7sec and 7mph on today’s model. The 718 Cayman S has a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.2sec and a 177mph top speed - 0.5sec and 2mph faster than its six-cylinder predecessor.

Accompanying the lift in performance is a revised brake system with 330mm-diameter discs up front and 299mm discs at the rear, with those on the 718 Cayman S mated to four-piston calipers.

Alterations to the chassis of the 718 Cayman, including the adoption of firmer springs, retuned dampers, larger-diameter anti-roll bars, wider rear tyres and more direct steering, are said tohave brought improvements in handling.

Among the options available for the chassis is Porsche Active Suspension Management, which brings a nominal 10mm reduction in ride height on the 718 Cayman and a 20mm reduction on 718 Cayman S, which features a standard sport suspension set-up.

The Sport Chrono Package now includes a rotary dial on the steering wheel to alter the driving modes between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.

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24 April 2016
It actually looks good now. The back is still a mess though.

25 April 2016
Its been improved in many ways and is now cheaper than the Boxster (as it should of been from the beginning!) but all that is unraveled somewhat by that torquier but characterless 4 pot turbo engine. Sorry but not for me...once you experience that normally aspirated flat-six everything else is a step backwards. The Cayman is now off my favourite sports-car list!

Cyborg

25 April 2016
Cyborg wrote:

Its been improved in many ways and is now cheaper than the Boxster (as it should of been from the beginning!) but all that is unraveled somewhat by that torquier but characterless 4 pot turbo engine. Sorry but not for me...once you experience that normally aspirated flat-six everything else is a step backwards. The Cayman is now off my favourite sports-car list!

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25 April 2016
Who would bother with a Mustang V8 when you can get this for a few K more?

25 April 2016
V8 Mustang for me.

26 April 2016
winniethewoo wrote:

Who would bother with a Mustang V8 when you can get this for a few K more?

I would!

26 April 2016
winniethewoo wrote:

Who would bother with a Mustang V8 when you can get this for a few K more?

I would!

25 April 2016
Would so much prefer a late 6 cylinder. Disaster.

25 April 2016
I think the new 718 Cayman looks really good, including the back. I'm not so sure of the new shade of blue, which the Porsche tour guide tried to convince me was the next big thing. The performance upgrade and other enhancements make it a far better car than before, even if the sound and delivery are a shade less so. You win some, you lose some, but overall it seems to be a winner!

25 April 2016
improvement including the 4 cylinder engine. Hmmmmmm. Not what I've read elsewhere. - Will be finding out for myself next month. Meanwhile my Boxster S seems to be £8k more valuable than it was 3 months ago.

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