A new era for Porsche's mid-engined sports cars has begun. The Cayman has served us well. It introduced a generation of new Porsche owners to the pleasure of our driving experience, while reminding their owners of our past. One of those reminders is its new name – the 718. This was a racing car with a flat four-cylinder engine mounted midships that won numerous races in the late 1950s and early 1960s. To honor Porsche's past and propel it towards the future, the 2017 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S was created. Our coupe is now better than ever. .
It starts with a new series of turbocharged flat-four engines. The 718 Cayman now produces 300 horsepower, from a 2.0 liter engine while the 718 Cayman S has a new 2.5 liter flat-four with 350 horsepower. The S has variable turbine geometry inside of its turbocharger. This represents a 35 horsepower increase from previous Cayman models, along with up to 36 percent more torque across the board – 280 lb-ft. In the 718 Cayman, 309 lb-fit in the S. This also translates into better fuel efficiency – up to a 14 percent improvement over previous models. These new engines include a noticeable increase in performance. The 718 Cayman is now capable of going 0-60 in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 170 MPH. The S does one better, with a top speed of 177 MPH and a 0-60 time of 4.0 seconds – a 0.5 second improvement over the previous Cayman S. The 718 Cayman's improvements go further than its new lineup of engines. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on both versions, while an improved PDK transmission is available. The latter includes a set of virtual fuel saving gears.
The outstanding dynamic performance of its namesake served as inspiration to continue to improve upon the exceptional handling of the mid-engine roadster. The 718 Cayman completely retuned suspension enhances cornering performance. The electric steering system is 10 percent more direct than previously. This does not only increase agility and precision but also maneuverability, on challenging roads and track as well as in every-day traffic.
The 718 Cayman and Cayman S go on sale soon and will reach U.S. dealers in November 2016. The 718 Cayman has a starting MSRP of $53,900, and the 718 Cayman S from $66,300, excluding the $1,050 destination charge.