- Fourth generation of car adopts new name…
- …as well as same four-cylinder engine as 718 Boxster
- Available to order now, with prices from just under £40,000
Porsche unveils new 718 Cayman sports coupe
Following a mid-life facelift for the soft-top Boxster, Porsche now introduces many of the same changes - including four-cylinder engines - to the Cayman coupe
As with three previous generations of Cayman, two versions of the mid-engined, two-seat 718 Cayman sports coupe are on offer – the standard car and the S – and the most significant difference between the two is the power of the engine. In the 718 Cayman, the ‘flat’ four-cylinder unit has 296bhp, but in the S, it has 49bhp more; in both cases, that represents an increase of about 25bhp over the previous model.
Some may bemoan the fact that the Cayman now has to do without six-cylinder engines, but the new 718 model is both quicker and more fuel-efficient than its predecessor. With the PDK gearbox, the 718 Cayman sprints to 62mph in 4.2 seconds, while the Cayman S is half a second quicker.
Visually, the new model stands out from its predecessor thanks to a facelift that is very similar to the one recently seen on the 718 Boxster. That means a sharper nose, with ultra-slim headlights (which incorporate LED daytime running lights) above the prominent air intakes, while the rear end features redesigned lights, with a high-gloss black strip running between them.
The interior, too, has been redesigned: the upper part of the dash, the air vents and the steering wheel are all new, while there is also improved connectivity. As a result, on top of the standard infotainment system, you can add (as an option) the Connect module, which includes Apple CarPlay, as well as voice-controlled sat-nav.
Both versions of the new 718 Cayman are available to order now, with first deliveries due to begin in the autumn; and, for the first time, the coupe is priced below the Boxster: The 718 Cayman costs from £39,878, and the 718 Cayman S from £48,834.