The fourth, redeveloped generation of the mid-engine sport coupé debuts in Singapore just a few weeks after the 718 Boxster
Porsche mentioned how the new Cayman has a "more striking, athletic and efficient appearance", but to us what is more important here is this: For the first time, the hard-top is priced below the roadster – in a similar way as the 911 models. The 718 Cayman's price starts at SGD$253,988, and the 718 Cayman S costs SGD$311,788 (both without COE).
The similar, new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder flat engine seen in the 718 Boxster are being deployed in the 718 Cayman. As a result, both coupé and roadster have an identical engine output for the first time - the entry-level version starts with 300 hp. The S model has more, delivering 350 hp courtesy of a bigger 2.5 litre engine; it gets 25 hp more power compared to the predecessor models.
The engine of the 718 Cayman achieves 380 Nm (90 Nm more than before) of torque, which is available between 1,950 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The 2.5-litre engine of the 718 Cayman S features a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG), a technology previously used exclusively in the 911 Turbo; on top of that in the 718 Cayman S, the VTG charger additionally has a wastegate for the first time. It delivers up to 420 Nm (an extra 50 Nm) to the crankshaft at engine speeds between 1,900 and 4,500 rpm.
For the driver this means even better torque in all engine speed ranges. The 718 Cayman with PDK and optional Sport Chrono Package sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. on the other hand the 718 Cayman S completes this sprint in 4.2 seconds. The top speed of the 718 Cayman is 275 km/h, while for the 718 Cayman S, it stands at 285 km/h.
A mildly reworked interior that should give even the keenest driver a rewarding experience
Drivers who love hitting the B-roads across the Causeway should be glad to learn that driving dynamics options such as the Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) encourages even more sporty driving. Another available option is PASM which lowers the ride height by an additional ten-millimetre. Additionally in the S model, PASM sport suspension lowers the car even further, which is by 20-millimetre. Supplementing the previous settings of “Normal”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” is the “Individual” programme, which is able to call up previously programmed individual settings for various systems.
We would like to have one in this shade of 'Graphite Blue Metallic', thank you very much
On account of the car’s greater driving performance capabilities, stronger brake systems are now in use with 330 mm brake discs (front) and 299 mm discs (rear). The 718 Cayman now has the brake system that was previously used in the Cayman S. The 718 Cayman S, on the other hand, uses the four-piston callipers of the 911 Carrera, combined with six-millimetre thicker brake discs.
Orders are expected to arrive by the fourth quarter of 2016.