Porsche is dropping the details on the new 718 Cayman this week at the Beijing Motor Show.
The model is following the standard that its soft top sibling the 718 Boxster set. It says goodbye to the popular flat-six engine and hello to a turbocharged four-cylinder and also gets a freshened look.
The 718 tag comes from the classic Porsche racecar and isn’t the only thing that the new Boxster and Cayman have in common. The Cayman offers the same 2.0-liter flat-four as a replacement to the six-cylinder line. It also offers the more powerful 2.5-liter engine with the S model.
If you’re worried about the smaller engine size, don’t be. The new flat-four actually makes the 718 model more powerful. Both the base and the S are 25 horses more powerful than their predecessors. The 2.0-liter delivers 300 horsepower and the 2.5-liter churns out 350 horses. Both get more torque for handling, too. The base engine comes with 280 pound-feet of torque for a 67 lb-ft increase and the 2.5-liter gets 309 lb-ft torque for a 37 lb-ft increase.
The model uses rear wheel drive with either six-speed manual or six-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. If you want her to give her all she’s got — add on the Sport Chrono package. It allows the base model to go up to 170 mph and clock 0-60 mph in 4.5-seconds. The S with the Sport package does a max of 177 mph and the 0-60 mph in 4.0-seconds.
If you’re looking for even sportier handling, there is the Porsche Torque Vectoring option. There is also optional Active Suspension Management that lowers the ride height by 0.39-inches (10mm). The S model with the PASM Sport option is 0.79-inches (20mm) lower.
The Cayman looks mostly the same on the outside, but Porsche assures us that its design is a refreshed one. The front fascia gets sharper lines and the front cooling air intakes are “significantly” larger. The design includes the new Porsche signature of four-point LED daytime running lights. The taillights match with a new three-dimensional design that gives the four-point brake lights the appearance of floating. The rear fascia also gets a new high-gloss black accent strip for a wider feel.
Inside the model gets the new 918 Spyder sport steering wheel.
It is more tech savvy with the Porsche Communications Management system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay. Drivers can also use smartphones to connect with the Porsche Connect App and Porsche Car Connect.
The base 718 and 718 S Cayman are on sale now but will not arrive stateside until the end of November. The base model starts at $53,900 and the S starts at $66,300.
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