Porsche 718 Cayman arrives with 4cyl turbo power
Facelifted sports car to get new four-cylinder turbo engines, while 718 Boxster will sit above the 718 Cayman in the new model range.
The new Porsche Cayman is now called the 718 Cayman and it's been revealed to the world at the Beijing Motor Show. It's powered by the same downsized four-cylinder turbo boxer engines as the open-top 718 Boxster.
The entry-level version of the mid-engined two-seater uses a 296bhp 2.0-litre turbo, while the faster S model has a larger 345bhp 2.5-litre. Porsche claims not only better performance for both cars, but also superior fuel economy.
It says the standard 718 Cayman covers 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, with the S taking 4.2 seconds. They will hit 170mph and 177mph respectively. Changes to the chassis include updated springs and dampers, plus the addition of wider rear wheels and quicker steering. Also, the Cayman undercuts the Boxster for the first time, with prices from £39,878. It’s on sale now, with first deliveries in the autumne to drive down CO2 emissions, the Stuttgart-based sports car firm will introduce turbocharged flat-four boxer engines for the first time in the Cayman and Boxster.
Boxster and Cayman boss Dr Stefan Wechbach told Auto Express at the Frankfurt Motor Show the move to smaller capacity turbocharged engines has been prompted by emissions, although turbo engines will: “offer the advantages our customers want: performance, acceleration, high speed and torque”.
It’s unclear whether Porsche will continue to offer six-cylinder engines in the Cayman and Boxster range, but Wechbach hinted feedback on the existing Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder’s 3.8-litre naturally aspirated engine was “overwhelming”. Porsche is believed to be considering continuing to offer six-cylinder engines for the hottest variants of the new Cayman and Boxster.