With the new four-cylinder turbo 718 Boxster having had its unveiling at the start of the year, it’s now the turn of its hardtop brother, the Porsche Cayman, to venture into the world of force-fed four cylinderdom.
The 718 Cayman has made its official debut at the Beijing Motor Show in China overnight, and local pricing has already been announced ahead of a local Australian launch in September this year.
Starting at $110,300 for the base 718 Cayman and stretching to $140,600 for the more powerful 718 Cayman S, Porsche’s entry-level coupe gets a modest bump in price in exchange for a substantial increase in power and torque.
It also swaps positions in Porsche’s price hierarchy with the Boxster, which has up until now been the most affordable two-door Porsche. With the 718 Boxster starting at $113,100, the 718 Cayman will become the new price leader in Porsche’s sportscar lineup.
The 2.0 litre turbo flat four of the 718 Cayman makes 221kW of power and 380Nm of torque, an increase of 19kW and a huge 90Nm over the 2.7 litre naturally-aspirated flat six of the current Cayman.
Fuel economy also improves, dropping from 8.2 l/100km on the combined cycle to 6.9 l/100km for the PDK-equipped version.
Step up to the 718 Cayman S and the engine swells in size to 2.5 litres, the turbocharger gains a variable geometry turbine housing while output grows to 257kW and 420Nm. At 7.3 l/100km, average fuel economy for the turbocharged Cayman S is improved by 1.5 l/100km.
A seven-speed PDK automatic is a $4990 option, though Porsche Australia points out that thanks to its reduced fuel consumption over the manual model, ticking the box for an automatic base Cayman actually makes it eligible for a reduction in luxury car tax and effective turns the PDK into a $1333 option.
The thirstier Cayman S, however, does not score the same LCT reduction in automatic form.
Besides fuel economy, power and torque, one other key metric has improved for the better with the 718: acceleration.
From standstill, the 718 Cayman hits 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds, with the 718 Cayman S chopping another half second off that. That’s a reduction of 1.0 and 0.5 seconds respectively, but that’s only when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package.
Porsche Active suspension Management and Porsche Torque Vectoring are other options available for the 718 Cayman, with the former lowering the ride height by 10mm (20mm for the S model) and the latter improving traction and cornering under power.
Braking hardware has been upgraded too, with the base 718 Cayman gaining 330mm front and 299mm rear discs - the same hardware that was previously exclusive to the Cayman S. The 718 Cayman S, meanwhile, upgrades its stoppers with the four-piston calipers of the 911 Carrera and gets 6mm thicker rotors.
Like the 718 Boxster, the interior and exterior have come in for some cosmetic revisions. The upper dash and steering wheel feature a new design, the infotainment software has been updated and auto-dimming mirrors and a digital radio tuner are standard.
On the outside you’ll find bi-xenon headlamps, a new front fascia (the same as the 718 Boxster) and a new rear bumper that incorporates a new panel with an inlaid Porsche badge that spans the gap between the taillights.
The Porsche 718 Cayman is available for order now, with deliveries slated to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.
- Porsche 718 Cayman manual - $110,300
- Porsche 718 Cayman PDK automatic - $111,633
- Porsche 718 Cayman S manual - $140,600
- Porsche 718 Cayman S PDK automatic - $145,590