2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Revealed in all its Turbocharged Glory

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Porsche has revealed the 2017 718 Cayman, the hardtop sibling to the recently released 718 Boxster. 

Both cars pack either a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four cylinder engine with 350 horspower in S models, or a 2.0-liter turbo flat-four that makes 300 hp in standard models. Adding the turbos helps both engines access torque earlier, with the 2.0-liter getting to its full 280 lb-ft between 1,950 rpm and 4,500. In S models, 309 lb-ft comes on between 1,900 rpm and 4,500 rpm.

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Jumping to 60 mph in Cayman S models will take 4.0 seconds, while top speed is 177 mph. New larger brakes have also been fitted to this car to make sure all that speed is handled.

Porsche says that the 718 Cayman has firmer springs and sway bars as well as a new quicker steering rack that is borrowed from the Porsche 911 Turbo. Slightly wider wheels and new specially developed tires also increase lateral grip.

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Plenty of packages are available to enhance the 718 Cayman, including the Sport Chrono Package which includes Porsche torque vectoring. Active suspension management that lowers the car by 10 millimeters is available, while for the first time, S models can be had with PASM sport suspension which lowers the car by 20 millimeters.

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Outside, the looks have been massaged, leaving a taught body with new ultra-slim headlights. Full LED headlights with new four-point daytime running lights are now available as well.

Moving inside, the steering wheel from the 918 Spyder hypercar has been borrowed for this car, while Porsche’s new infotainment system, Porsche Communication Management (PCM), has been added. PCM can run Apple CarPlay and apps including Google Earth and Google Street View.

To park a 718 Cayman in your driveway, you will have to spend at least $54,950, while upgrading to an S model will set you back $67,350. The car will hit U.S. dealers in late November of 2016.

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  • smartacus

    i think my immediate favorite would be the 2.0
    because the 50HP / 29 lb.ft. deficit could be easily remedied with a reflash later on.
    *and i like the idea of having a 918 steering wheel

  • Mark S

    Sad to see the NA’s go, but these new turbos sound good enough.