2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Trades Pistons for Pressure [w/ Video]
Hey there! If you’re thinking of buying a Porsche Cayman and love its six-cylinder engines but don’t have the budget for a GTS or GT4, you’re going to have to hurry up and pull the trigger. That’s because the new 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman – like its open-top sister, the 718 Boxster – gets a pair of new turbocharged flat-four engines to go with its new name and revised styling. The regular 718 Cayman gets a 2.0L engine rated at 300 horsepower, while the 718 Cayman S has a 2.5L unit rated at 350 horsepower. Also shared with the 718 Boxster are the 6-speed manual and 7-speed PDK transmissions that are available with either model, and if you order the latter gearbox and the Sport Chrono Package on a 718 Cayman S, Porsche says you can scoot to 60 mph in four seconds flat.
Of course, you’ll be spending a fair amount more than the 718 Cayman S’s $66,300 base price to accomplish that, and if that’s still too rich for your wallet, the non-S 718 Cayman starts at $53,900. Both amounts are a couple grand lower than the equivalent 718 Boxster, a reversal of how the mid-engine Porsche pricing situation was until now. Regardless of which 718 variant (In case you missed it, the “718” comes from the 718 sports racer of the late 1950s.) you choose, you’ll be enjoying fatter power and torque curves and better fuel economy than the old flat-six models, but at the expense of some throttle response and exhaust music. Choose wisely, grasshopper…