Porsche 718 Cayman, the big “little” Porsche

Porsche 718 Cayman, the big "little" Porsche

Presented in September 2016, the 718 Cayman, whose name is a tribute to the Porsche 718 produced since 1957 that covered a glorious sports career, features a 4-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine – 2 liters of displacement – 300 hp, in posterior-central position.

The decision to switch from the 6-cylinder to the 4-cylinder was made in order to reduce emissions and consumption, reaching the target of 11.3 l / 100 km on an urban route (with manual gearbox) and 6.2 l / 100 km on an extra-urban route. On the other hand, while maintaining superior performance in relation to consumption, power development is obviously lower than that of the 6-cylinder Cayman. The maximum speed reaches 275 km / h, the acceleration from 0 – 100 km / h (with manual gearbox) is equal to 5.1 seconds, while with the PDK gearbox, it is reduced to 4.9 seconds.

The gearbox supplied is the traditional 6-speed gearbox, but among the options, you can choose the PDK 7-speed dual-clutch robotized gearbox. The line and dimensions do not differ much from those of the previous model, with a height of 1,295 mm, a width of 1,801 mm, a wheelbase of 2,475 mm and a length: 4,379 mm, while the capacity of the tank of the 718 Cayman model has been reduced to 54 liters, against the previous 64. The declared coefficient of resistance (Cx) is equal to 0.30.

Porsche 718 Cayman, the big "little" Porsche
Front view

The standard headlights, with LED daytime running lights, can be replaced, on request, by fully LED headlights. The new wheels are 18 inches. The 8J x 18 ET 57 front wheels are fitted with 235/45 ZR18 94 Y tires, while the 9,5JX18ET49 rear wheels are equipped with 265/45 ZR18 101 Y tires. Options include Porsche PAS (Porsche Active Safe), which regulates speed depending on the distance from the vehicle in front, and other electronic driver assistance systems, including the rear view camera.

Driving emotions

Initially, not everyone welcomed the idea of a Porsche that fitted a 4-cylinder engine, with only 2 liters of displacement but, in front of a power of 300 bhp, against the 275 bhp of the old 6-cylinder naturally aspirated 2.7 , many had to give up. After all, just try it to realize that it goes like a missile, also thanks to the much higher torque ratio, compared to the previous engine. Perhaps someone will regret the unmistakable roar of the 6-cylinder but, after a couple of accelerations, he will discover that the roar of the 718 Cayman is just as rewarding.

In other words, this “downsizing” has not taken anything away from the grit and performance of the car. The central position of the engine, the rear-wheel drive and the extraordinary efficiency of the brakes make driving pleasant, creating an incredible harmony between the car and the driver, both on “quiet” routes and on winding roads. What surprises and conquers of the 718 Cayman is its docility and great versatility, which make it suitable also for the exhausting city queues and for those who approach a sports car for the first time. Always predictable in responding to commands, reliable and adrenaline-filled, with sensational cornering control and an unparalleled road holding, it is the ideal travel companion, whatever the destination is.

Porsche 718 Cayman, the big "little" Porsche
Porsche 718 Cayman: interior

Porsche 718 Cayman: line, habitability, Stay Tuned

The line of the 718 Cayman, unmistakable and destined to become an “evergreen”, with the same length, is compact and with pleasantly rounded edges. The main style differences are found above all in the lighting group, in the front air intakes and, in the rear, in the more accentuated spoiler. Strictly two-seater, the interior of the Cayman is surprisingly spacious and offers every comfort. The driving attitude was created to satisfy sports driving enthusiasts, those who like to devour kilometers, almost verging on asphalt. The new PCM (Porsche Communication Management) standard offers a 7-inch touch screen.

The dream is close

The reduction in displacement and fuel consumption, lower operating costs and a decidedly attractive list price for a sports car of this level make it more accessible to a greater number of enthusiasts. A sore point is the cost of the options, which make the price rise exponentially, even though many of these, such as cruise control and rear parking sensors, are now standard equipment for much less prestigious cars.