Porsche has begun production of its new 2016 version of the 718 Cayman, ready for release in September. The new design follows hot on the heels of the 718 Boxster which arrived at dealerships in April.
This will be the fourth version of the iconic mid-engined two-seater sports car – here is what to expect.
The new Porsche 718 Cayman will feature a flat four-cylinder turbocharged ‘boxer’ engine, adding plenty of power and efficiency. For the first time both the Coupé and the Roadster versions will have the same engine output.
The entry-level 718 Cayman model produces 220kW (300hp) in a 2.0 litre engine, while the sportier S model gets up to 275kW (350hp) in its larger 2.5 litre engine.
This translates into high power: the 718 Cayman produces up to 380 Nm of torque. It sprints from 0 – 62mph in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 170mph.
Meanwhile the Cayman S delivers up to 420 Nm of torque and can hit 62mph in just 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 177mph. Plus the Cayman S features the variable turbocharger previously only used in the 911 Turbo, a technology that’s unique to Porsche petrol engines.
Both new 718 Cayman models also see their NEDC fuel economy increased to 34.9 – 40.9 MPG combined, depending on the model chosen.
Porsche has designed the new generation 718 Cayman to echo the outstanding agility of classic 718 cars, famous for winning sports races during the 1950s and 60s.
The chassis has been comprehensively retuned to increase responsiveness and cornerning. Springs and anti-roll bars are firmer and the shock absorbers have been refined.
The steering has also been reconfigured to make it more direct and agile. The redeveloped tyres and slightly wider rear wheels create a stronger grip around corners.
And drivers can customize the sporting character of 718 Cayman with options like the Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Torque Vectoring. Or try the Porsche Active Suspension Management to lower the ride height.
To balance the 718 Cayman’s greater driving power, the new car comes with stronger brake systems. The standard Cayman uses the brakes previously found in the Cayman S. The new S model in turn has got the four-piston callipers from the 911 Carrera, only with thicker brake discs.
Porsche has modified the distinctive exterior design to create a more muscular appearance. The car looks wider with a sharper nose and ultra-slim lights makes the front and an extending high-gloss black strip across the boot.
The body has a more sweeping profile with sculptured wheel arches and side sills. The newly designed lights have three-dimensional styling and an optional LED package.
The car’s interior has also been redesigned with a new upper dash panel, sports steering wheel and added connectivity options. The Porsche Communication Management is now a standard feature with mobile phone and audio interfaces and a 150-Watt sound package.
The new Cayman models are available to order now – speak to your nearest Jardine Motors Porsche dealership for more information.