Car News 29 Apr 2016

New Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche has unveiled the new 718 Cayman at the Beijing Motor Show.

The new Cayman will be the second model in the 718 range, which takes its name from the Porsche sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s. The 718 Cayman is powered by a new, mid-mounted turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.

The entry level 718 Cayman produces 296bhp, and can reportedly hit 62mph in 4.7seconds and 170mph flat out. The more powerful 718 Cayman S receives a 2.5-litre version of the same unit, increasing the power output to 345bhp and delivering 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 177mph. Both use the same standard six-speed manual gearbox, however a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic is optional.

The 718 Porsche gets a new brake system, with 330mm discs at the front and 299mm at the rear. On the Cayman S these are linked to four-piston calipers. The chassis system has been revised, with firmer springs, anti-roll bars and retuned dampers. The rear wheels have been made wider and the steering is 10 percent more direct for better handling performance.

Porsche Torque Vectoring (the electronic limited-slip diff), Sport Chrono and PASM are all available for an added premium. Sport Chrono now features a wheel-mounted dial with 4 modes: Normal, Sport, Sport plus and Individual.

Cosmetic changes include a sharper nose profile, new tail lights, revised badge, new bumper with diffuser, larger air ducts as well as new tailpipes for the standard and the S. Internally the 718 features the Porsche Communication Management System including Apple Carplay and Porsche Car Connect.

The Porsche 718 Cayman is priced at £39,878 and £48,834 for the S, with deliveries due in September for the UK.