In looks, the Porsche 718 Cayman features taut proportions, prominent air intakes at the front and sides and low side profile. The nose has a much sharper profile, which gives the front end a wider and more masculine appearance. Meantime, the ultra-slim front lights above the air intakes, which contain the parking lights and indicators, further reinforce this impression. Rounding off the front end of the 718 Cayman, are the significantly larger cooling air intakes and bi-xenon headlights in their new design with integrated LED DRLs (daytime running lights). LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are available as a new option.
Viewed from the side, the new sport coupé reveals its striking wings and side sills. The redesigned rear has a much wider look due to the accent strip in high-gloss black with integrated Porsche badge between the redesigned rear lights with 3-D effects.
Inside, revisions are visible for both the 718 Cayman and the 718 Boxster. The upper part of the dash panel including air vents is new, as are the new sport steering (similar to the 918 Spyder’s) and connectivity options along with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). In addition, connect module, audio interfaces and the 150-watt Sound Package Plus are part of the standard equipment list, and options available are extended to the PCM.
Both the 718 Cayman coupé and roadster have an identical engine output for the first time. The entry-level version starts with 300 hp from 2.0-liter of displacement. The S model delivers 350 hp with a displacement of 2.5 liters, turbocharger with VTG. This represents 25 hp more power compared to the predecessor models, while fuel consumption has been reduced from 8.1 to 5.7 liters per 100 kilometers. Torque for the base 718 Cayman gets up to 380 Nm, whereas the 718 Cayman S cranks it up a notch to 420 Nm, between 1,900 and 4,500 rpm. For the driver this means even better torque in all engine speed ranges. The 718 Cayman with PDK and optional Sport Chrono Package sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. The 718 Cayman S completes this sprint in 4.2 seconds. The top speed of the 718 Cayman is 275 km/h, and the 718 Cayman S can reach a speed of 285 km/h.
Lateral rigidity and wheel tracking have been improved in the completely retuned chassis of the 718 Cayman; springs and stabilizers have been designed to be firmer and the tuning of the shock absorbers has been revised. The steering, which has been configured to be ten per cent more direct, enhances agility and driving fun. Moreover, the rear wheels, which are one-half of an inch wider, in combination with the redeveloped tyres result in an increased lateral force potential and hence in greater cornering stability.
To improve on driving dynamics, options like Sports Chrono with four drive modes and Porsche Torque Vectoring are available. Another available option is PASM with a ten-millimeter lowering of the ride height and additionally in the Cayman S PASM sport suspension with a 20 mm lowering of the ride height for the first time.
For the 718 Caymans, stronger brake systems are now in use with 330 mm brake discs in front and 299 mm discs at the rear. The 718 Cayman now has the brake system that was previously used in the Cayman S. The 718 Cayman S, on the other hand, uses the four-piston callipers of the 911 Carrera combined with 6 mm thicker brake discs.