Reviews One Week With: 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

02:37  11 november  2017
02:37  11 november  2017 Source:   automobilemag.com

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The previous-generation Porsche Cayman was one of this magazine’s very favorite sports cars—so near-perfect, as I slid behind the wheel for my very first drive of the all-new 2017 718 edition, I mentally prepared myself to be disappointed.

The same new 4-cylinder flat engines with turbocharging as in the 718 Boxster are being deployed in the 718 Cayman . As a result, coupé and roadster have an

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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman : Here It Is The Cayman loses two cylinders, but it's finally cheaper than the Boxster. Just four months after the debut of the 2017 P The Cayman gets a 2.0-liter flat-four that makes 300 horsepower, and the S, a 2.5-liter flat-four with 350 horsepower.

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I needn't have worried. Not only had my colleagues already chosen the 718 Cayman S as a 2017 Automobile All-Star (a broken ankle precluded me from participating in last year's judging), but despite having 50 fewer horsepower, the base 718 Cayman that showed up in my driveway recently won me over almost the moment I climbed aboard.

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This is a vastly revised machine compared with its predecessor—tighter styling, reworked chassis, bigger brakes, more standard equipment. But the big news is the arrival of turbocharged flat-fours to replace the outgoing boxer sixes. Those sixes were simply divine, but the realities of meeting emissions and efficiency standards mean turbos are the way of the future. And Porsche has risen to the challenge, producing a new 2.0-liter turbo boxer for the base car that delivers 25 more horsepower and 67 more pound-feet of torque more than the previous 2.7-liter six.

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S: When Four (Cylinders) Is Greater Than Six

  2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S: When Four (Cylinders) Is Greater Than Six Porsche replaced the iconic flat-6 engine in the Cayman with an all-new turbocharged flat-4, and renamed it the 718. Despite the loss of two cylinders, and a slightly less polished demeanor, the new engine is better in nearly every measurable category.This isn’t another review of Porsche’s mid-engine Cayman sports car, which has earned praise from Kelley Blue Book‘s team of experts for more than a decade. Instead, this is tale about how an all-new turbocharged flat-4 engine, which replaced a beloved naturally aspirated flat-6, strengthened and improved the exemplary German two-place coupe.

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This is a gutsy little mill, wringing out all 280 pound-feet at just 1,950 rpm, an impressive 300 horses at 6,500 rpm, and winding smoothly all the way to a 7,500-rpm redline. A unique "preconditioning" feature keeps the turbo on the boil under partial loads, helping to deliver the near-instant throttle response of a naturally aspirated mill. Does the new turbo four sound as lovely as the old six? Nope. Does it sound bad? Nope. It just sounds different, less silky, more mechanized. I'm happy to report that the single blower doesn't overly mute the exhaust note. There's still a very satisfying wail behind your ears as you wind the tach needle upward. And, importantly, the new 718 is quicker than the previous Cayman. Porsche claims a half-second reduction in 0-to-60-mph time, to just 4.9 seconds, and a 5-mph increase in top speed, to 170 mph.

I was delighted to find that my test car was equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission (a shift-it-yourself box being more and more of a rarity). Yes, Porsche's fabulous 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic is optional, but the company says around 20 percent of buyers still opt for the manual. After trying the 6-speed myself, I have to say I'd be one of them, were I lucky enough to be able to purchase a 718 for myself. In typical Porsche fashion, gearbox response is superb, with a quick, nimble lever feel, excellent pedal placement (heel and toe downshifts are effortless), and zero fussiness in finding your desired cog. Blasting through a twisting two-lane with this box is driver's-car heaven, the kind of immersive, rewarding, "live-wire" motoring experience enthusiasts dream about. You are connected to this Porsche.

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  Porsche 718 Cayman S: 2nd Place - 2017 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car Porsche's well-balanced sports carThe major change: a turbo flat-four replaces the flat-six Caymans have had since birth. Displacing just 2.5 liters, it pumps out a flat-six-beating 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available; we went with the PDK dual-clutch automatic. With it comes a Sport Response button, which unleashes 20 seconds of sharper throttle response. Lift, and the throttle stays open with the fuel off to keep the turbo spinning. In addition to new chassis tuning, the rear suspension is wider, and the steering rack has been lifted from the 911 Turbo.

Be one of the first to watch the 718 Cayman in motion in this video. Learn more: www. porsche .com/ 718 . Combined fuel consumption in accordance with EU6: 718 Cayman models 9.0-6.9l/100km; CO2 emissions: 184 - 158 g/km.

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The outstanding chassis only enhances that rapture. At the limit, there's a whiff of understeer—maybe—but mostly the 718 just does exactly what you ask of it. No undue body motions, no wasted effort, just a joyous feeling of being "one" with a fine machine. And the peace of mind of being completely in control. Few cars are as confidence-inspiring when gunning hard as the new 718.

My test car was equipped with the optional PASM suspension with adaptive dampers ($1,790). Boasting a 0.39-inch lower ride height than the standard setup, the new PASM chassis offers a greater-than-ever spread between Normal and Sport modes. In Sport, the ride can get really firm—though on Southern California's mostly unblemished tarmac, the added control felt worth the comfort tradeoff. My tester was further enhanced with optional 19-inch Cayman S wheels ($1,580) that—in concert with the PASM suspension, mid-engine layout, newly available torque vectoring ($1,320), and new, quicker electromechanical steering borrowed from the 911 Turbo—helped deliver a sporting-car experience you'd be hard-pressed to top anywhere. Look up the term "driver's car" in a dictionary and you'll probably find a photo of this new 718.

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The new 718 Cayman models are equipped with enhanced Porsche Stability Management (PSM) – an automatic control system for helping to On the new 718 Cayman , the brake calipers come with a black finish – red on the S model. Brake disc diameters are 330 mm at the front and 299 mm at the rear.

The previous-generation Porsche Cayman was one of this magazine’s very favorite sports cars—so near-perfect, as I slid behind the wheel for my very first drive of the all-new 2017 718 edition, I mentally prepared myself to be disappointed.

Inside, the new Cayman is all business. A new steering wheel design, based on the 918 Spyder's, feels meaty and looks fantastic. Big analog gauges transmit essential info with ease. The Sport seats ($800) are as comfortable as they are form-fitting. The view to the front is Cinerama-worthy.

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There's a ton of value here, too. At a base price of $54,950, the new 718 Cayman offers almost as much performance as the previous Cayman S. What's more, a lot of what used to be optional equipment is now standard—including front and rear parking assist, Bi-Xenon headlights, Sirius/XM satellite radio, and a six-speaker Sound Package Plus.

Yes, the new 718 is—dare I say it—even better than the near-perfect old Cayman. It's just that much quicker, that much more agile, that much better-looking and more refined. Absolute perfection being elusive, I'd still have to call the 718 Cayman "near-perfect." But it's "nearer-perfect" than ever.

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman side profile in motion© The Manufacturer 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman side profile in motion

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Specifications

PRICE$54,950/$64,830 (base/as-tested)
ENGINE2.0.L DOHC 16-valve turbocharged flat-4/300 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 280 lb-ft @ 1,950 rpm
TRANSMISSION6-speed manual
LAYOUT2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, RWD coupe
EPA MILEAGE21/28 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H172.4 x 70.9 x 51.0 in
WEIGHT3,000 lb
0-60 MPH4.9 sec (est)
TOP SPEED170 mph (est)

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Manual .
Excellence is expected . . . and delivered.Why We Tested It and How It Performed: We’ve already tested the latest manual and automatic non-S Caymans as well as the automatic-equipped S, and the circle demanded completion. Given the launch-control function and lightning-fast shifts of Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK transmission, it’s perhaps no surprise that the quickest Caymans are the automatics, with the base version requiring 3.9 seconds to get to 60 mph and the S just 3.6. The manual-equipped S tested here gets to 60 mph 0.2 second quicker than the 300-hp, stick-shifted base car, 4.1 versus 4.3. So, yeah, none of these cars are slow.

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