Following the reveal of the new Porsche Boxster in 2016, one thing became certain: The 2017 Porsche Cayman would undergo comprehensive improvements. The reptilian-inspired German luxury car received more than the usual interior and exterior refurbishing. Instead, the coupe luxury car received a pair of all-new engines — turbocharged, flat-four units. Read more of our review of the Porsche 718 Cayman below.
Dissecting The 2017 Porsche Cayman
1. The Exterior
Traditionally, the Boxster and the Cayman are identical exterior-wise. This pattern continues with their newer versions. Hence, the Porsche Cayman will look similar to the Boxster aesthetically.
However, this year’s Cayman has a revamped front end. It is installed with a new bumper which makes it slightly wider than its predecessor. The Cayman is also equipped with a reshaped center-mounted grille, wider air intakes and updated, thinner daytime running lights. This German coupe is fashioned with the all-new bi-xenon headlamps. Additionally, for the first time, optional four-point day running lights units are made available for the Cayman.
On the side view, the Cayman holds new notable lines below and above its side intakes while overall remaining similar to the previous model’s shape. In addition, it has brawnier side skirts and new side mirrors and wheels.
The most striking alterations to the Porsche Cayman are on its rear. It received a redesigning of its taillights and decklid, much like what Porsche did with the Boxster. Other eye-catching inclusions are the 718 Cayman badges.
2. The Interior
The Cayman’s drop-top infinite headroom separates it from its brother, The Boxster. Interior updates include an upgraded air car dashboard with air conditioning vents, a redesigned instrument cluster, and a Porsche 911-resembling steering wheel. The car also received tech improvements with the installed Porsche Communication Management system that comes with audio interfaces, cell phone connectivity, and a 110-watt Sound Package Plus.
Additionally, customers have the option of adding Porsche’s Connect module with smartphone extensions: USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Porsche Car Connect. On top of all this, interested buyers can enjoy wide arrays of customization and upholstery options.
3. The Drivetrain and Suspension
The Cayman has a new range of turbocharged, flat-four unit engines. This German coupe is equipped with 2-liter 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque engine. This engine allows the car to hit 60 mph within 4.9 seconds after starting with the six-speed manual transmission. The Cayman can achieve this within 4.7 ticks with the PDK, and 4.5 seconds with the PDK and Sport Chrono Package with a top speed of 170 mph.
The 718 Cayman boasts of a retuned chassis using firmer springs, stabilizers, and upgraded shock absorbers. This enhances the luxury car’s agility, making its steering 10% more direct. This coupe possesses a greater cornering stability brought by its half-inch wider upgraded rear wheels.
4. The Price
The 718 Cayman is Porsche’s most affordable model. Priced at $53,900, this coupe is $2,100 cheaper than the Boxster. This is actually a good deal, since the Cayman is basically the Boxster with a hard-top. In contrast, the hard-top Boxster is historically more expensive than the roadster.
6. Summing Up
Do want to see the 718 Cayman in action? Watch this test drive video from Winding Road Magazine:
How badly do you want to blaze down the road driving one? With all these modifications, one thing’s for sure, the Porsche 718 Cayman is the onset of a new era for the German luxury brand’s entry-level sports car.
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