Just a few weeks after the debut of the new 718 Boxster, the new 718 Cayman is extending the new model series, where “downsizing” is one way to describe the new 718 models in a nutshell; both the Boxster and Cayman are now powered with the same new flat four-cylinder engines as in the 718 Boxster. Despite having two cylinders missing, the flat-four generates more power thanks to turbocharging.
The entry-level version has 300 hp from two litres of displacement, while the S model obviously delivers more, 350 hp with a displacement of 2.5 litres. This meant that there is 25 hp more power compared to the outgoing flat-six models while having a low NEDC fuel consumption of 8.1 to 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres. In simple English, it’s as thirsty as a regular C-segment saloon, and with lesser fuel consumption, lesser visits to the pumps!
Let’s be honest, it does sound like a Subaru Impreza, but jokes aside the compact turbocharged four-cylinder engines do pack quite a punch; The two-litre engine of the 718 Cayman achieves a torque output of up to 380 Nm, which is available between 1,950 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The 2.5-litre engine of the 718 Cayman S features a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG), a technology hitherto used exclusively in the 911 Turbo. In the 718 Cayman S, the VTG charger additionally has a wastegate for the first time. It delivers up to 420 Nm (an extra 50 Nm) to the crankshaft at engine speeds between 1,900 and 4,500 rpm.
The turbocharged flat four lumps are mated to a 7-speed PDK transmission, which makes it possible for the 718 Cayman to sprint from naught to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. With the regular version doing well performance wise, the S version does it better; The 718 Cayman S completes this sprint in 4.2 seconds. The top speed of the 718 Cayman is 275 km/h, and the 718 Cayman S can reach a speed of 285 km/h.
When it comes to driving dynamics, Porsche says that the new 718 Cayman lives up to the classic 718 race cars of the 60’s; The 718 Cayman’s Lateral rigidity and wheel tracking have been improved in the completely retuned chassis of the 718 Cayman, where its springs and stabilisers have been designed to be firmer and the tuning of the shock absorbers has been revised. The rear wheels, which are one-half of an inch wider, in combination with the redeveloped tyres result in an increased lateral force potential and hence in greater cornering stability. The 718 Cayman now has the brake system that was previously used in the Cayman S. The 718 Cayman S, on the other hand, uses the four-piston callipers of the 911 Carrera combined with six millimetre thicker brake discs.
The new 718 Cayman shares the same exterior features to the Boxster versions, albeit its roof; The nose has a much sharper profile, the ultra-slim front lights above the air intakes, which contain the parking lights and indicators, larger cooling air intakes and bi-xenon headlights in their new design with integrated LED daytime running lights. LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are available as a new option. The redesigned rear has a much wider look due to the accent strip in high-gloss black with integrated Porsche badge between the taillights.
Likewise with the 718 Boxster, the upper part of the dash panel including air vents is new. The new sports steering wheel in the 918 Spyder design as well as the extensive connectivity options have now been added to the 718 cockpit along with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) as a standard feature. Mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and the 150-watt Sound Package Plus are all part of this standard. Options are available to extend the PCM. The Connect module, for example, includes special extensions for smartphones, such as the USB port and Apple CarPlay.
If you’re really keen on getting your hands on the 718 Cayman or Cayman S, then you should get your wallets ready, as according to Sime Darby Auto Performance Sdn. Bhd. both the 718 Cayman models has been scheduled to be launched in Malaysia by end 2016.