Launch: Porsche 718 Cayman – 300hp, 380NmPOSTED BY Amirul Hazmi ON 27 April 2016
PORSCHE moves up a gear and unveiled the 718 Cayman at Auto China 2016 in Beijing. As expected similar to the 718 Boxster, the mid-engine coupe is now driven by completely new turbocharged flat four-cylinder engines.
With the 718 Cayman, Porsche is revisiting the concept of the historical 718 mid-engine racer. Porsche won roughly 1,000 races in the 1950s and 1960s thanks to lightweight construction, strong flat-four engine and chassis on the air-cooled 718. Today the power unit is water-cooled and turbocharged.
Exclusively for the Chinese market, Porsche has introduced a specially-developed engine version for the 718 Cayman with an output of 250hp and 310Nm of torque. This provides a particularly attractive price as an entry into the world of Porsche sports cars.
With PDK and Sport Chrono Package, this entry level model is capable of accelerating from zero to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 260km/h. For the other markets, the entry-level model delivers 300hp and 380Nm of torque from the two litres of displacement.
The range-topping 718 Cayman S launches onto the global market with an output of 350hp from the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder.
Porsche remains the only manufacturer to use the Variable Turbine Geometry technology in production vehicles with petrol engines, and the feature is now also available on the Cayman S, other than 911 Turbo and 718 Boxster S.
The tremendous torque of the new engines in the 718 Cayman promises driving fun and agility even at low revs.
In the 718 Cayman S, the VTG charger additionally has a wastegate for the first time. It delivers up to 420 Nm (an extra 50 Nm) to the crankshaft at engine speeds ranging from 1,900 to 4,500 rpm. For the driver this means even better torque in all engine speed ranges.
The 718 Cayman S completes the century sprint in 4.2 seconds and manages 285km/h of top speed.
The 718 Cayman follows the classic 718 cars in terms of driving dynamics. The springs and stabilisers have been redesigned and completely retuned to be firmer and the shock absorbers has also been revised.
The steering is claimed to be ten percent more direct; enhances agility and fun in driving. The wider rear wheels combined with the redeveloped tyres result in an increased cornering stability.
Driving dynamics option such as the Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) allow the sporty character of the 718 Cayman to be further customised.
Another available option is Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM) with a 10-millimetre lowering of the ride height and for the first time in the S model, the PASM sport suspension is available with a 20-millimetre lowering of the ride height.
To cater the greater driving performance, stronger brake systems are now in use with 330-millimetre brake discs in front and 299-millimetre unit 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 with 6-millimetre thicker brake discs on the front axle.
Advances in the design of the new 718 Cayman are just as comprehensive as those affecting its technology: the taut proportions, prominent air intakes at the front and sides and low side profile underscore the boost in dynamics.
The nose has a much sharper profile, which gives the front end a wider and more masculine appearance. The ultra-slim front lights above the air intakes, which contain the parking lights and indicators, further reinforce this impression.
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 tail lights. The tail lights have been completely redesigned and are distinguished by the three-dimensional technology and four brake spots that appear to float freely.
Inside, the new sport steering wheel in the 918 Spyder design as well as the extensive connectivity options have now been added to the 718 cockpit along with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) as a standard feature.
Revisions are visible for both the 718 Cayman and the 718 Boxster. The upper part of the dash panel including air vents is new.
Mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and the 150-watt Sound Package Plus are all part of this standard. Options are available to extend the PCM. The Connect module, for example, includes special extensions for smartphones, such as the USB port, Apple CarPlay and Porsche Car Connect.
Another available option is the navigation module with voice control, which makes it easy to input driving destinations. If the Connect Plus module is selected, this can be extended with real-time traffic information. Drivers can also make use of additional comprehensive services via their smartphone, which include the Porsche Connect App and Porsche Car Connect App.
Specifications of the Porsche 718 Cayman:
Engine: 2.0-litre flat-four, turbocharged
Gearbox: 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK
Max Power: 300-hp at 1,850rpm to 5,000rpm
Max Torque: 380Nm at 1,950rpm to 4,500rpm
By: Amirul Hazmi