What is it that makes the new 718 models so special? Their performance, their handling, their design and the generous amount of space afforded by two luggage compartments. Above all: a mid-engine layout that makes all this possible in the first place.
The engine is positioned no further than 12 in. behind the driver. Effect number one: the resounding thump on the back. Effect number two: the extraordinarily dynamic cornering capabilities, thanks to the car’s low and central center of gravity. The horizontally opposed arrangement of the engine’s cylinders also helps to reduce oscillations, which has a positive impact on smooth running. Another plus for driving dynamics: the concentrated power of the engine is transmitted directly to the rear axle.
Anyone can follow the straight and narrow. Only the corner is the true test of mettle. Only in the corner does a sport car really become a sport car. So it’s all the more important to have a chassis that can master any sporting challenge. And be a match for the high power output of the engine.
The suspension components are for the most part made of aluminium, which keeps the vehicle weight and unsprung masses low. The wide track, long wheelbase and specific chassis construction help to deliver particularly precise and agile handling.
Optional PASM, the electronic damping control system, continuously adjusts the damping force on each wheel, based on current road conditions and driving style. In addition, the body sits 10 mm lower. PASM has two modes, which can be selected using a separate button on the center console: ‘Normal’, which is a blend of performance and comfort, and ‘Sport’ where the setup is much firmer. The results are tangible: increased driving stability, improved comfort and enhanced performance.
In sport, performance counts. It applies to the engine and it also applies to the brakes. The new 718 models are therefore equipped with four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers. 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. To make them tougher yet lighter and enable a more rapid response – even under extreme loads – the brake calipers have an enclosed monobloc construction. The pedal travel is short and the biting point precise. The brake discs are crossdrilled and internally vented, which helps to provide improved wet braking and optimum cooling.
Rain. Fog. Darkness. Nothing that would faze a genuine athlete. That’s why all 718 models are equipped with Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. At the rear, the three-dimensional design of the taillights incorporating four-point brake lights leaves a lasting impression. For powerful illumination, all functions are implemented by LED technology.
The new Cayman models each come equipped with distinctively styled 18-inch wheels. The S models are fitted with 19-inch wheels introducing two new rim designs. On all 718 models, the wheels are light alloy – a sports car hallmark. An extra half an inch has been added to the width of the rear wheels. This provides greater stability and overall enhanced cornering performance, in conjunction with the new generation of summer tires.
With the optional sport exhaust system, the already powerful sound of the mid-mounted engine becomes even more intense – at the push of a button. Having caught the ear, the sport exhaust system also catches the eye: with centrally positioned sport tailpipes, available in highly polished chrome-plated stainless steel in black or silver color.
Precise, not fanciful. Self-assured, not restrained. Low, wide and sleek. The exterior design of the new 718 models ushers in a new era for the Cayman with sporty, distinctive edges and clearly defined formal contours.
With the optional Porsche Entry & Drive, you can leave your car key in your pocket. As soon as you grab the door handle, or your hand nears the Porsche Crest on the front luggage compartment lid or the logos on the rear, the system automatically checks the encrypted access code on the key. Once the key is validated, the door or the luggage compartment lid unlocks. The engine can then be started and switched off using the electronic ignition switch.
The sport steering wheel with threespoke design is lightweight and functional. The small center pad and the chrome ring encircling the Porsche Crest – both derived from the steering wheel of the 918 Spyder – reinforce its sporty character. In conjunction with PDK, the sport steering wheel features two alloyed gearshift paddles offering particularly short shift throws.
Specially developed for Porsche, the optional BOSE® Surround Sound System is optimally tuned to the specific interior acoustics of the new 718 Cayman models. The audio system features 10 amplifier channels and 10 loudspeakers including a patented 100-watt active subwoofer integral to the vehicle bodyshell and produces a total output of 505 watts. This fully active system setup enables each individual loudspeaker to be optimally adapted to the vehicle interior. In short: in the new 718 models, you’re always center stage.
Comfort doesn’t have to be sacrificed. Neither does a sporty driving feel. The optional fully electric Sport seats offer power adjustment of seat height, backrest angle, squab angle and squab depth. Also electrically operated are the fore/aft adjustment, four-way lumbar support and even the steering column. The included memory package stores a range of settings, including the positions of both exterior mirrors and all driver’s seat and steering wheel positions.
The new 718 models offer advanced airbag technology in the form of full-size driver and front passenger airbags, which are inflated in two stages depending on the severity and type of accident. They also feature driver and passenger knee airbags. All 718 models are also equipped with the Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP). It comprises side impact protection elements in the doors and two airbags on each side. An integral thorax airbag is located in each seat side bolster, while the door panels each contain an upwards-inflating head airbag.
PTV is an optional system for enhancing driving dynamics and stability. Operating in conjunction with a mechanical rear differential lock, it works by varying the amount of torque transmitted to the rear wheels. When the car is driven assertively into a corner, moderate brake pressure is applied to the inside rear wheel. Consequently, a greater amount of drive force is distributed to the outside rear wheel, inducing an additional rotational pulse (yaw movement) around the vehicle’s vertical axis. This results in a direct and sporty steering response from the turn-in point.
New Lane Change Assist, available as an option, uses radar sensors to monitor the areas to the rear of the vehicle and the blind spots on either side. Above a speed of 19 mph, the system issues a visual warning signal in the door mirror panel whenever a vehicle rapidly approaches your vehicle from behind or enters one of your blind spots. In this way, Lane Change Assist improves comfort, particularly on interstates. However, the system does not actively intervene to control the vehicle and can be deactivated at any time.
Specs reflect base model unless otherwise noted.
|Cylinder layout / number of cylinders||Boxer engine / 4||Boxer engine / 4|
|Displacement||2.0 liters||2.0 liters|
|Horsepower||300 hp||300 hp|
|@ rpm||6500 rpm||6500 rpm|
|Torque||280 lb-ft||280 lb-ft|
|Compression ratio||9.5 : 1||9.5 : 1|
|Top Track Speed||170 mph||170 mph|
|0 - 60 mph||4.9 sec||4.7 sec (4.5 sec w/ Sport Chrono)|
|Luggage compartment volume||5.3 cu.-ft. front / 9.7 cu.-ft. rear||5.3 cu.-ft. front / 9.7 cu.-ft. rear|
|Fuel tank||14.3 gal.||14.3 gal.|
|City (estimate)||21 mpg||22 mpg|
|Highway (estimate)||28 mpg||30 mpg|
|Combined (estimate)||24 mpg||25 mpg|
|Driveline layout||Rear-wheel drive||Rear-wheel drive|
|Manual Gearbox||6 speed||-|
|Length||172.4 in.||172.4 in.|
|Width (w/ mirrors folded)||78.5 in. (70.9 in.)||78.5 in. (70.9 in.)|
|Height||50.4 in.||50.4 in.|
|Wheelbase||97.4 in.||97.4 in.|
|Drag coefficient (Cd)||0.31||0.31|
|Curb Weight||2944 lbs||TBD lbs|