Porsche 718 Cayman: Master of the Corners

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman The Auto Gallery

Some sports cars are engineered to be insanely fast in a straight line. Others focus on rounding a corner as quickly as possible. The new Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S, however, are mid-engine sports cars that excel in a variety of driving situations. Besides having an iconic name, the 718 Cayman and Cayman S are better than ever thanks to a few new features, while retaining the same characteristics that enthusiasts have come to love.

The new Cayman and Cayman S ditch their naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engines for four-cylinder units with a turbo.

  • Cayman: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder: 300 HP
  • Cayman S: 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder: 350 HP

Unlike other turbocharged sports cars, the 718 Cayman uses technology founded on the Porsche 911 Turbo to ensure that drivers are rewarded with a tremendous amount of torque throughout the entire rev range for power. This turbocharger features variable turbine geometry (VTG), enabling the Cayman lineup to produce useable torque between 1,900 and 4,500 rpm. This allows the Cayman to sprint to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds; the Cayman S can complete the same run in 4.2 seconds.

With a top speed of 170 mph for the Cayman and 178 mph for the Cayman S, these high-performance automobiles can dash in a straight line. But that isn’t its only triumph.

Thanks to a new chassis with greater lateral stability and available technology, the sporty character of the 718 Cayman takes the lead out of the corners. Available features like the Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), the Cayman is an absolute joy to maneuver through the most serpentine roads and courses.

Braking performance for the Cayman comes from the previous iteration of the Cayman S, while the 718 Cayman S now features the four-piston calipers from the Porsche 911 Carrera. Fast in a straight line, quick around corners, and great braking performance makes the new 718 Cayman and Cayman S the most impressive sports car lineup.

To match the Cayman’s addictive performance, Porsche has given it a more distinctive design that positions it in a muscular stance. Bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, lateral air intakes, and a sharper nose give the front of the sports car a striking look. At the back, the rear end has been redesigned with new tail lights for a wider appearance.

With these changes, Porsche’s mid-engine sports car is worthy of upholding the iconic 718 moniker.

Experience the Return of an Icon at the Auto Gallery

It isn’t often that an automaker, especially one as historic as Porsche, brings a moniker back from the past for a new vehicle. With its turbocharged engine, refined handling, and more aggressive look, the Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S is a promising rebirth for an icon.

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