718 Cayman Now Locally Available

BY Azfar Hashim

Porsche's mid-engine sports coupe arrives, with World Number One in women's tennis gracing event

Three months after the launch of the anticipated 718 Boxster, Porsche Centre Singapore finally completes its family of two-door mid-engined sports cars with the debut of the all- new 718 Cayman.

Launched to great fanfare in an exclusive media event at Porsche Centre Singapore, the all-new 718 Cayman was unveiled by Porsche brand ambassador and World Number One in professional women’s tennis - Angelique Kerber.

“We are honored to welcome our Porsche brand ambassador Angelique Kerber to Singapore, and are looking forward to witnessing her performance at the 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Just like Kerber, the all-new 718 Cayman is an impressive champion. It is strikingly dynamic, effortlessly agile, sharply athletic, and remarkably powerful—all the qualities that Kerber has displayed on her journey to World Number One in professional women’s tennis. It is therefore a true pleasure to have her unveil our latest model, the 718 Cayman, here in Singapore, thus completing the Porsche 718 model series,” said Karsono Kwee, Executive Chairman of Eurokars Group.

Left to right: Francis Lee (MD of Stuttgart Auto), Angelique Kerber, Melissa Pine (Vice-President of WTA Asia Pacific) and Dr Henrik Dreier (General Manager, Porsche Singapore)

Left to right: Francis Lee (MD of Stuttgart Auto), Angelique Kerber, Melissa Pine (Vice-President of WTA Asia Pacific) and Dr Henrik Dreier (General Manager, Porsche Singapore)

Just like the 718 Boxster, the all-new 718 Cayman is named after the Porsche 718 race car, an iconic champion that delivered countless podium finishes in the 1960s. The 718 Cayman delivers 300hp from 2 litres of engine displacement, and the sportier S model develops 350hp from 2.5 litres of displacement.

With the employment of the turbocharged four-cylinder flat engine, the 718 Cayman with PDK gear- box and Sport Chrono Package accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. A 718 Cayman S with comparable equipment completes this sprint in 4.2 seconds. The top speed of the 718 Cayman is 275 km/h, and the 718 Cayman S can reach a speed of 285 km/h.

Low, wide and sleek, the exterior design of the all-new 718 Cayman resembles that of the 718 Boxster. Apart from roof and tailgate, the two bodywork versions visually resemble each other even more closely than ever before.

"The 718 Cayman expands the range of the 718 mid-engine sports car series, carrying on the fighting spirit of the original Porsche 718 with inspired pride and fierce conviction. For the first time, the price positioning of the hard-top two-seater Cayman models is below the convertible's with a more distinctive design, a re-engineered chassis and the current generation of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system,” said Martin Limpert, Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific.

Price of the 718 Cayman starts at $253,988, while the 718 Cayman S at $311,788. Both prices exclude COE.