PORSCHE 718 CAYMAN: ADVANCE DETAILS

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Porsche released Australian details of the 718 Boxster roadster three months ago, though deliveries aren’t to start till mid 2016. Now the importer has given us details of the 718 Cayman hardtop coupe.

In an interesting move the Cayman is priced below the Boxster. Something that hardly comes a surprise as ever other maker charges more for their open top versions; the 718 Cayman starts at $110,300, the 718 Cayman S from $140,600. On-roads have to be added.

The 718 is named in recognition of the Porsche 718 sportscars that won many races during the 1950s and ‘60s, including the Targa Florio and Le Mans 24-hour.

Most makers are moving to smaller capacity, turbocharged four-cylinder engines in the interests of efficiency. The 718 Boxster has a 2-0-litre four that develops 220 kW (300 horsepower); the 718 Boxster S takes its capacity to 2.5 litres and produces 257 kW (350 hp).

The 2.5-litre unit has a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG), similar to that in the Porsche 911 Turbo.

Porsche’s 2.0-litre engine has maximum torque of 380 Nm on tap all the way from 1950 to 4500 rpm. The 2.5-litre powerplant of the 718 Boxster S has 420 Nm (up 60 Nm) over a similar speed range – 1900 to 4500 revs.

718 Cayman

718 Cayman

A six-speed manual transmission as standard. The Porsche DoppelKupplungsgetriebe (PDK) is available as an option.

The 718 Cayman with optional PDK and Sport Chrono Package leaps from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. Cayman S completes takes just 4.2 seconds.

A retuned chassis is used in the 718 Cayman; springs and stabiliser bars are firmer and the shock absorbers have been revised. Steering is now 10 per cent more direct, and Porsche tells us this enhances agility and driving dynamics.

The 718 Cayman now has the brake system that was previously used in the Cayman S. That is 330-millimetre front discs and 299-millimetre rears.

The new 718 Cayman S uses the four-piston calliper setup of the 911 Carrera combined with six-millimetre thicker brake discs.

Visually, the 718 has a wider front to give it a stronger appearance, with slim bi-xenon headlights, larger cooling air intakes and integrated LED daytime running lights. LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are an option.

Porsche stylists have retained the now traditional air inlets in the rearmost area. The revised rear looks wider due to the accent strip in high-gloss black with Porsche badge between the redesigned taillights.

718 Cayman S

718 Cayman S

Inside, the upper part of the dash panel, including the air vents is new. The new sport steering wheel, based on the 918 Spyder design, looks great.

A revised Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is fitted. For Australians this includes mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces, navigation and voice control as well as the 150-watt Sound Package Plus for the 718 Cayman.

The PCM can be extended with optional modules; the Connect Plus module is available as an extension of the navigation module and allows various iPhone functions and apps to be used in the PCM via Apple CarPlay.

We have yet to road test a new 718 as none have reached our shores as yet. Hopefully we can get into them as soon as the ships arrive, and will report to you then

Australian Porsche dealers are now taking orders for the new 718 Cayman and Cayman S, with deliveries to commence late in 2016.

We will be test driving the latest Porsche Boxster at its Australian launch on the Gold Coast midway through June and will report on it immediately afterwards. Cayman will be covered a few months later.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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