Porsche has made it known that the 718 engine will be used in a variety of ways, but that doesn’t mean that the vehicles will suffer at all for using this smaller engine in fact the use of the 718 setup is meant to give the Porsche lineup even more fun and allow us to once again admire how well Porsche can do with making the absolute most benefit from the engineering that they use in their vehicles. With that in mind, the Cayman and Cayman S for 2017 will carry the 718 engine and are ready for us to enjoy them.
The power for the 718 Cayman will come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine while the Cayman S will use a 2.5-liter model. The Cayman will have 300 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque while the Cayman S will increase these numbers to give you 350 horsepower and 309 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmissions offered are either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK automatic to give you the power and speed you want to enjoy on the road. The Cayman will start around $53,900 with the Cayman S coming in at $66,300.
While these power numbers may seem slight in a car that’s part of the sports car family and is made to be a great car to drive, the speed is still present. The 718 Cayman can perform the spring to sixty mph in only 4.7 seconds and can improve this to 4.5 seconds when the Sport Chrono package is installed. The Cayman S can make this run even a little faster. How does this compare to the outgoing models? The new Cayman is now faster than the outgoing Cayman S with the larger engine and higher power numbers, making this one of the quickest and most agile cars on the road.
The previous Cayman was a joy to drive even for professionals and didn’t seem to have room for improvement when it comes to the driving dynamics. With the smaller engine and more balance this car now has better overall driving manners and is able to provide faster steering than before, making this a more precise machine on the road. This new 718 Cayman uses the same steering rack that’s found on the 911 Turbo, making for a great way to steer a vehicle wherever you need to go.
Of course this car offers you the looks, the feel and the expertly crafted interior you expect when you buy a Porsche sports car. For the price you pay for either one of these cars you’ll love the car you get and have a great time driving them. There are many ways you can upgrade and add features to the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S, but for the most part these are two models that are great right from the start. While we might feel like Porsche downsized their engines for the 718 models, they call them “right sized” and it’s certainly difficult to argue with their logic when you see these two cars in action.