The Porsche Cayman has bee through an interesting process of acceptance from enthusiasts. Initially stigmatised as being the “poor mans Porsche”, it really came of age in its previous generation. Crisp handling, good looks, and respectable pricing have made it a success. It is all change in many respects for this coupe now as not only does it receive a new name, but also a new engine. The Porsche 718 Cayman has been revealed to the world in Beijing.
Changing a successful recipe is a dangerous thing to do, but the new Porsche 718 Cayman is now powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged flat four boxer engine. Dropping two cylinders and adding a turbo aids both efficiency and performance. A standard Cayman now produces 296 BHP whilst the Cayman S churns out 345 BHP from a 2.5 litre unit. 0-62 MPH takes 4.7 seconds and 4.2 respectively when the cars are fitted with PDK transmissions. Top speed for the 718 Cayman is 170 MPH whilst the S model will do 177 MPH. Reworked suspension features. The bodywork has received a facelift and now includes larger ducts and vents for cooling. Also new are the light clusters, rear diffuser, and exhaust design.
Trickling down from the Porsche 918 hybrid hyper car are details such as this redesigned steering wheel and dashboard elements.
The new Porsche 718 Cayman hits the road this September costing from £39,878 or £48,834 for the Cayman S.