Since it joined the Porsche lineup, the Cayman has dependably been the hardtop roadster partner to the Boxster, however for 2017, this relationship has been solidified with a typical numerical name, 718. The modifier originates from a race auto that contended in the late 1950s and ’60s, and like its cutting edge namesakes, granddad was fueled by a four-barrel motor.
Truly, it’s the motors, each entire with a turbocharger and missing a couple of barrels, that are the greatest news encompassing the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman. To find out about them, and also everything else that is new, perused our 718 Boxster first drive. Everything separated from a couple of retractable rooftop references applies, however how about we rundown a couple incidentals particular to the Cayman.
As continually, including a rooftop made of metal rather than material yields more prominent basic unbending nature and therefore more prominent general driving goodness. Tragically, we just got an opportunity to drive the Boxster on the bending stretch of street that encompasses Lake Travis close Austin, Texas. We’re almost certain that is the main curving stretch of street anyplace in Texas, so our course somewhere else in the Cayman was naturally no place close as trying. All things considered, we’ll simply need to securely accept that as before the Cayman is incrementally to a greater extent a driver’s auto than the Boxster.
All things considered, dislike the Boxster is some gooey convertible hack work. The expression “cowl shake” not even once enters your brain in Porsche’s mid-motor roadster, and the multi-layered top is inconceivably calm at speed. Notwithstanding the Cayman’s hatchback trunk cover, you don’t generally get any more payload volume separated from the irregular receptacles high on the bundle retire behind your head. Notwithstanding, raise quarter perceivability is somewhat better in the Cayman versus a rooftop up Boxster, and the lodge when all is said in done has an airier feel.
All the more sensibly, then, picking a Cayman rather than a Boxster descends to your specific car versus-convertible inclination. Suppose you’re exceedingly pale or aversion having your hair objected. Maybe it’s a moist 95 degrees in focal Texas and you all of a sudden end up intuition a Detroit winter ain’t so awful. Perhaps you simply think the Cayman looks better. Any or in any case, a roadster has its focal points.
Other than the decision amongst Cayman and Boxster, you truly have an amazing number of determinations to make while spec’ing your 718 – and that is not including the perpetual approaches to coat the inside in different sorts and shades of calfskin and trim. There are the two new motors, two transmissions, two fumes frameworks, two slowing mechanisms, two directing frameworks, three suspensions, and no less than six wheel sorts in three sizes. Would you like your torque vectored? What about the Sport Chrono bundle with its numerous execution upgrading components and awesome clock? These decisions can in a general sense change the auto’s character (well, perhaps not the clock). In case you’re truly keen on purchasing a 718, we recommend being a serious torment and experimenting with the greatest number of varieties as you can. Trust us, experimenting with just two is insufficient to make an entire photo of the 718, not to mention choose which one to plunk an entire load of money on.
Discussing which, there really is another contrast between the Boxster and Cayman for 2017. Some time recently, the roadster was a couple of hundred bucks more costly. Presently, the roadster is a couple of thousand bucks more costly – both contrasted with the 718 Cayman and the last Boxster. In spite of the fact that weak, that move is with regards to whatever remains of the business, which directs that a retractable rooftop breaks even with more cash. The base Cayman’s cost of passage goes from $52,600 to $53,900, while the S moves from $64,100 to $66,300. As a matter of fact, the value contrast between Cayman S and Boxster S is not exactly between their base models.
One more distinction relates to freshly discovered equality between the models. Before, Caymans had somewhat more power than comparable Boxsters – one way Porsche legitimized charging somewhat more for the roadster. Presently both the base 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter S motors make a similar yield in either 718.
To discover what the 718 Cayman S and its turbocharged 2.5-liter level four sound like – unquestionably a state of dispute for the officially dubious engine – watch our video underneath.
The last Cayman and Boxster conveyed the inner assignment of 981, per Porsche’s endless procedure of giving everything apparently irregular three-digit names. Seeing a discussion between Porschephiles resembles listening to somebody laud the temperances of different numbers in a phonebook. This is specified in light of the fact that the new forms really convey the inner assignment of 982, which means what you have here is a 982 718.
In this way, notwithstanding denying you of the opportunity to pay additional for a sunburn, the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman is just as new, enhanced, and diverse as its Boxster kin. What’s more, to be perfectly honest, the new naming system bodes well, authoritatively uniting the two autos in a way they have actually dependably been.