New Porsche 718 Cayman revealed

What’s a Porsche 718 Cayman then?

Absolutely no prizes for seeing this one coming: following on from the 718 Boxster convertible, the Cayman coupe has been given a host of upgrades to become 718 Cayman, including – shock-horror – four-cylinder turbo engines.

What do I need to know?

The Cayman has traditionally been the more powerful, more focused option. But for the 718 generation, Boxster and Cayman have been brought in line. That’s no bad thing, as the powertrains aren’t to be sneezed at.

The base 718 Cayman gets a 2.0-litre flat-four turbo motor making 296bhp, while the 718 Cayman S gets a 2.5-litre mill with 345bhp. In both cases, that’s 25bhp more than the old naturally-aspirated flat-six engines produced.

With identical power, performance is the same, too. Both models are quickest with the optional seven-speed PDK gearbox (six-speed manual ‘boxes are standard) and Sport Chrono pack; so equipped the standard car will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.7secs and hit 170mph flat-out. The S hits the 62mph mark in 4.2secs and runs to 177mph.

A completely standard 2.0-litre car breaches the 40mpg barrier, too.

The running gear has been beefed up to cope with the extra grunt; stiffer springs, bigger anti-roll bars and quicker steering sharpen up the handling – hardly a weak-point, anyway – the brakes are bigger and half-inch wider rear tyres provide a modicum more grip.

Anything else?

The steering wheel is similar to that in the epic 918 Spyder, a good brag for the pub. The styling has been tweaked, too, though would have to be a real spotter to notice the difference.

When can I buy one?

Order books are open now.

How much does it cost?

About £1,800 less than the equivalent Boxster, which is a first. So that’s £39,878 for the 718 Cayman and £48,334 for the 718 Cayman S.

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By Only Motors

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