2017 Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Follows the 718 Boxster's Turbo Future

Porsche made a surprising announcement last year concerning the next-generation Boxster and Cayman. Both models would drop their flat-six engines and use turbocharged four-cylinders. Was Porsche losing their minds? Apparently not as the 718 Boxster has earned raves with its turbo-four engines.

Now it's the Cayman's turn to drop the flat-six and go to the turbo-four. Today at the Bejing Auto Show, Porsche has unveiled the 2017 718 Cayman lineup.

Like the 718 Boxster, the 718 Cayman boasts two turbocharged four-cylinders.

  • 718 Cayman: Turbocharged 2.0L Flat-Four - 300 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque
  • 718 Cayman S: Turbocharged 2.5L Flat-Four - 350 horsepower, 309 pound-feet of torque

A key feature both turbo engines feature is an integrated wastegate that optimizes boost pressure for any driving situation. Both engines have the choice of either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Porsche quotes 0-60 mph times of 4.5 seconds for the 718 Cayman and 4.0 seconds for the 718 Cayman S. Both times are for models equipped with the PDK and optional Sport Chrono Package. Top speed is said to be 170 mph for the 718 Cayman and 177 for the S.

Like the 718 Boxster, the 718 Cayman doesn't look that much different from the outgoing Cayman. The only real noticeable change is the back where Porsche has given it a new look with a tail fin. The interior gets the steering wheel from the 918 Spyder, eight-speaker audio system, and Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system.

Unlike the previous generations of the Cayman, the new 718 Cayman will be priced lower than the 718 Boxster. Pricing stands at $54,950 for the 718 Cayman and $67,350 for the 718 Cayman S. Compared to the 718 Boxster lineup, the 718 Cayman is $2,100 less for both trims. Porsche says the 718 Cayman will arrive in the U.S. this November.

Pic Credit: Porsche

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