VIDEO. New Porsche 718 Cayman debuts

*NOW UPDATED (AGAIN) WITH (ANOTHER) VIDEO* New Porsche 718 Cayman makes its debut at the Beijing Motor Show.

Model Engine Power Torque 0-100kph Top speed Weight Basic price
718 Cayman Flat-four, turbocharged, 1988cc 296bhp @6500rpm 280lb ft @1950–4500rpm 4.7secs (with Sport+) 275kph 1335kg (222bhp/ton) $56,900
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Model Engine Power Torque 0-100kph Top speed Weight Basic price
718 Cayman S Flat-four, turbocharged, 2497cc 345bhp @ 6500rpm 310lb ft@1950–4500rpm 4.2secs (with Sport+) 285kph 1355kg (255bhp/ton) $64,300

The dust is beginning to settle on the trail blazed recently by the new 718 Boxster, Porsche’s new mid-level sports car. Dutifully, attention has now switched to the renamed 718 Cayman, Porsche’s new entry level model which has made its debut at the Beijing Motor Show.

Given that the 718 Boxster and the Cayman have effectively swapped places, you can expect some parallels. The pair use the turbocharged four-cylinder engine for instance, marking the switch from naturally aspirated flat-sixes. The standard Cayman usies a 2-litre derivative that produces 296bhp, while the more rampant Cayman S boasts 345bhp, both of which are 25bhp up on their respective outgoing counterparts.

Torque has also been upped, the Cayman now kicking 280lb ft (66lb ft more than previous) for a 4.7 second 0-100kph time, and the Cayman S producing 310lb ft (37lb ft up) for a time five tenths quicker. Top speed is 275kph and 285kph respectively, if the seven-speed PDK dual clutch transmission and Sport Chrono package are included.

As well as performance tweaks, the underpinnings have received some work, including firmer springs, retuned shock absorbers, and a full chassis tune. Each Cayman variant also boasts rear wheels half an inch wider than before (apparently that does make a difference) running on newly redeveloped tyres. Revised Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) means the ride height for each has been lowered – 10mm as standard, 20mm for the ‘S’ – while the brake system has also revised courtesy of new 330mm and 299mm discs, front and rear, with those on the S mated with four-piston callipers. It wouldn’t be a new Porsche if the steering hadn’t been reconfigured, tweaked to be 10 percent more direct in this instance.

Design inside and out remains largely similar, albeit with revised bumpers with larger air intakes, more prominent side sills for improved airflow, and new taillights. Inside the two-seater picks up a 918 Spyder-inspired steering wheel as well as a revised dashboard.

With the 718 Boxster now available for purchase in the Middle East, the new Cayman joins its now slightly larger brethren this September, prices starting at $56,900 for the Cayman and $64,300 for the Cayman S.

Technical specifications available on page 2

Source – Porsche

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