Thursday, 16 February 2017

ALL NEW PORSCHE 718 CAYMAN & BOXSTER REVIEW

The mid-engined Porsche Cayman was launched in 2005. Essentially a coupe version of the Boxster , the Cayman has become increasingly popular with customers as a more affordable and balanced proposition to the range-topping 911. The first-generation coupe came with 2.7-, 2.9-, and 3.4-liter, flat-six engines with as many as 321 ponies and 273 pound-feet of torque. A facelifted Cayman was introduced in early 2009, while the redesigned model arrived in showrooms in 2013, this time powered by 275-, 325- and 340-horsepower engines. As we’re moving closer to the 2017 model year, the Germans are preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the still-new Cayman.
As with most Porsche facelifts, the Cayman was originally expected to receive minor exterior and interior changes, as well as a mild output increase. However, the unveiling of the revised Boxster made it clear that the Cayman was in for a more comprehensive update.
Aside from the usual upgrades inside and out, Stuttgart’s entry-level sports car also received a pair of brand-new engines and a name that harkens back to one of the company’s most iconic race cars. Specifically, the Cayman dropped its flat-six engine in favor of turbocharged, flat-four units and will be marketed as the 718 Cayman.
Another premier is that the Cayman now features the same output specs as the Boxster, with the two now set apart only by their body configurations. What’s more, for the first time the Cayman is priced below the roadster, in a similar way to the 911 model. Have a look at the first official photos of the 718 Cayman, which was unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

PORSCHE CAYMAN LAUNCH IN INDIA

Porsche announced that the new 718 Cayman just had a successful production launch at the company’s plant in Stuttgart.With the production launch of the new 718 cayman, Porsche hopes to increase production numbers to a total of 240 vehicles per day.
After celebrating success party in USA, Porsche is all set to be launched in India as they have already announced the dates for launch of Porsche Cayman alongwith Porsche Boxster in Gurgaon,New Delhi.Release date of Porsche Cayman in India is expected to be around Feb march 2017.

Exterior

              

It has been a tradition for the Boxster and Cayman to share the same exterior design since the latter was introduced in 2005, and this tradition is set to continue under the new 718 nameplate. In short, the Cayman is identical to the Boxster below the waist.
Compared to the previous model, updates include a slightly wider front end with a new bumper, wider air intakes, redesigned, thinner daytime running lights, and a reshaped center-mounted grille
Compared to the previous model, updates include a slightly wider front end with a new bumper, wider air intakes, redesigned, thinner daytime running lights, and a reshaped center-mounted grille. The Cayman also received Porsche’s new bi-xenon headlamps, as well as the optional units with four-point DRLs. The latter was made available for the Cayman for the very first time.
When viewed from the side, the new 718 Cayman sports a similar shape to its predecessor, but features new character lines above and below the side intakes, beefier side skirts, and revised door handles without recess covers. Novelties also include new side mirrors and wheels (19-inch standard or 20-inch optional).
By far the most spectacular changes occurred around back. As we’ve already seen on the Boxster, Porsche redesigned both the taillights and the decklid. The taillights use the company’s new 3D LEDs with four-point brake lights and received a black strip with integrated "Porsche" lettering between them. That’s a first for both the Boxster and Cayman, and a feature that reminds us of 1990s 911 Carreras. Other changes include "718 Cayman" badges, a revised diffuser with a rectangular exhaust pipe for the base model and a pair of round outlets for the S version.

Interior

               


Inside, the 718 Cayman is also identical to the Boxster, save for the infinite headroom that comes with a drop-top. Cabin updates are less spectacular, but the coupe now comes with a revised dashboard with new A/C vents, an updated instrument cluster, and a redesigned steering wheel based on the 911’s. Upgraded tech includes a standard Porsche Communication Management system with cell phone connectivity, audio interfaces, and a 110-watt Sound Package Plus. 

Optionally, customers will be able to add the Connect module with extensions for smartphones, such as the USB port, Apple CarPlay and Porsche Car Connect. Other goodies available on the options sheet include navigation module with voice control and a Connect Plus module for access to a wide array of online services. As usual, 718 Cayman buyers will also have access to a wide variety of customization options and upholstery combinations.


Drivetrain

               

Just like the 718 Boxster, the Cayman no longer uses the naturally aspirated, flat-six engine. Instead, it gets its juice from a new range of turbocharged, flat-four units.
The base 718 Cayman comes with a 2.0-liter powerplant rated at 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque
The base 718 Cayman comes with a 2.0-liter powerplant rated at 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, a 35-horsepower and 74-pound-feet improvement over the previous model. Performance numbers have also improved, with the Cayman now able to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 4.9 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission, 4.7 ticks with the PDK, and 4.5 seconds with the PDK and Sport Chrono Package. Top speed for the base model increased from from 165 mph to 170 mph.
Moving over to the Cayman S, the previous 3.4-liter flat-six was replaced by a turbocharged, 2.5-liter, flat-four with 350 horsepower and 309 pound-feet. These figures account for a 35-horsepower and 43-pound-feet improvement over the previous model. The charge to 60 mph has dropped to 4.4 seconds with the manual gearbox, 4.2 ticks with the PDK, and an amazing four seconds with the PDK and Sport Chrono Package. Top speed grew from 175 to around 177 mph.
Mileage has also improved due to turbocharging. The base model returns 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with the manual and 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the PDK. The S-badged model is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the manual and 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with the PDK.
The Cayman also got an updated Sport Chrono Package, which, just like in the 911, includes the Individual setting in addition to the previous Normal, Sport and Sport Plus settings. In models equipped with the PDK transmission, a new Sport Response button will sharpen the responsiveness of the engine and the transmission to enhance acceleration.

Suspension
            
               

The facelifted Cayman rides on a retuned chassis that uses firmer springs, stabilizers, and revised shock absorbers
The facelifted Cayman rides on a retuned chassis that uses firmer springs, stabilizers, and revised shock absorbers. The steering is 10 percent more direct and enhances the coupe’s agility. The 718 also benefits from greater cornering stability due to the revised rear wheels, which are a half-inch wider.
The optional PASM lowers the standard 718 Cayman by 0.4 inches and the Cayman S by nearly 0.8 inches.
Stopping power comes from upgraded brakes that use 330mm (13-inch) discs at the front and 299mm (11.7-inch) discs to the rear. The base 718 Cayman now has the braking system that was previously used in the Cayman S, while 718 Cayman S sports the four-piston calipers of the 911 Carrera combined with six mm (0.23-inch) thicker discs.

Prices

             

Pricing for the new 718 Cayman starts from $53,900, which makes it $2,100 more affordable than the 718 Boxster. That’s a premier, as the hard-top version has been priced higher than the roadster historically. The pricing is now similar to the 911 range, which begins with the coupe as the most affordable model.
For $53,900, you’ll get to take home the non-S variant equipped with the manual transmission. For the PDK, you’ll have to spend another $3,200 for a total of $57,100 before options. Move up to the Cayman S and prices start from $66,300 for the manual version, also $2,100 cheaper than a Boxster S with the same specifications. The Cayman S with the PDK is the most expensive at $69,500.
Model
Price
Porsche 718 Cayman (manual)
$53,900.00
Porsche 718 Cayman (PDK)
$57,100.00
Porsche 718 Cayman S (manual)
$66,300.00
Porsche 718 Cayman S (PDK)
$69,500.00


Competition

AUDI TT
              

In 2015, Audi rolled out a brand-new TT to rival the current-generation Cayman. The German coupe is available in two gasoline-powered guises, both motivated by the proven 2.0-liter TFSI engine. The base version has 230 ponies, while the more powerful iteration comes with 310 horses on tap. 

Naturally, the standard TT will be joined by a TTS and a range-topping TT-RS version. Both feature updated engines, with the TT-RS benefiting from a turbo, 2.5-liter, inline-five rated at 400 horsepower, just about enough to go against the top-of-the-line version of the Cayman. U.S. pricing for the TT starts from $42,900, while the TTS retails from $51,900.

Conclusion

              

Much like the 718 Boxster, the 718 Cayman got an exciting update that brings the extra aggressiveness of a fixed-roof coupe into the mix. Quicker, more powerful, and more fuel efficient than its predecessor, the 718 Cayman marks the beginning of a new era for Porsche’s entry-level sports car. 

But, while the improved performance and the addition of the iconic "718" badge will most likely make most enthusiasts happy, the lack of a naturally aspirated flat-six might draw some criticism from hardcore fans. While I have no doubt that the new 718 Cayman will be greater than ever before, I do worry about the next GT4, which could no longer feature the 911 Carrera-spec flat-six.