The new Cayman is the sequel that continues the 718 era. At their heart, a four-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine beats with the same fighting spirit that delivered countless podium finishes. In them lives the will to break away from standards. And to inspire conviction. So it is entirely appropriate that they, too, should bear these three digits in their name and carry the 718 legend forward.
The new 718 Cayman lets its actions do the talking. Sporty actions, of course. As a corner-devouring coupé, it follows a line of its own far removed from fashion trends and four-lane arterials. In the town certainly. On the racetrack definitely. But always for the sport of it.
It’s no wonder that the new 718 Cayman doesn’t simply carry on from where the 718 GTR Coupé in 1963 left off, but seeks instead to piece together a legend of its own. With its own mind. With sporty fighting spirit. And with every twist and turn.
The Porsche 718 Cayman is a sleek performance coupe with a host of great features. Let’s see how this classic Porsche stacks up to the competition.
What is it that makes the new 718 models so special? Their performance, their handling, their design and the generous amount of space afforded by two luggage compartments. Above all: a mid-engine layout that makes all this possible in the first place. The engine is positioned no further than 12 in. behind the driver. Effect number one: the resounding thump on the back. Effect number two: the extraordinarily dynamic cornering capabilities, thanks to the car’s low and central center of gravity. The horizontally opposed arrangement of the engine’s cylinders also helps to reduce oscillations, which has a positive impact on smooth running. Another plus for driving dynamics: the concentrated power of the engine is transmitted directly to the rear axle.
How do we best exploit this power? By systematically reducing the weight of the vehicle. And by optimally distributing the weight left over. The compact construction of the car as a two-seater plays an important part in this respect. And that’s without sacrifices in terms of comfort and everyday practicality.
When you think Porsche, you think class, prestige, impeccable German engineering, and of course – speed! But just how fast is the Porsche compared to others in its class?
The base model comes with a turbocharged 2.0 liter flat 4-cylinder engine, packing 300 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque propelling you from 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds flat. Not only is it fast, the 718 Cayman engine lowers its center of gravity which in turn enhances it’s handling stability. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class does not offer this level of engine configuration.
Comparatively, the Jaguar F-Type base model take you from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds with 296 horsepower.
Precise, not fanciful. Self-assured, not restrained. Low, wide and sleek. The exterior design of the new 718 models ushers in a new era for the Cayman with sporty, distinctive edges and clearly defined formal contours. The horizontal geometry of the air intakes makes the front end appear even wider – and lends it added bite. The wings? Unmistakably Porsche. Higher than the front lid, they have been styled to give prominence to the new design of the headlight units, which lay bare their inner workings and incorporate the LED daytime running lights.
Intuitive handling, performance-oriented ergonomics, a clean design. The interior of the new 718 models is also fully geared for sporty performance. A strong emphasis on the horizontal gives the new dashboard design of the 718 models a striking appearance. And that’s without sacrificing the excellent ergonomics for which Porsche is renowned: the ascending center console shortens the reach between the steering wheel and the gear lever/selector, while the clear arrangement of function buttons saves time.
While the Mercedes-Benz C-Class only has 12.6 cubic feet of storage space, the Porsche 718 Cayman boasts of 9.7 cubic feet in the front plus 5.2 cubic feet in the back for a total 14.9 cubic feet of storage capacity. The Jaguar F-Type gets close with 14.4 cubic feet on select trims and models.
When it comes to interior features & comfort, the 718 Cayman blows the competition out of the park. The Edmunds rating for the interior of the Jaguar F-Type is a 6.5 while the 718 Cayman rating was a solid 8.0. Key factors include Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with 7-inch touch display, intuitive handling, and performance-focused ergonomics.
Creating more power is still no challenge. Not unless it’s done the Porsche way. The result is an increase of up to 35 hp and 73 lb.-ft. of torque. And the fun is only just beginning.
The newly developed four-cylinder turbocharged engines with the customary Porsche horizontally opposed arrangement will surely raise the adrenaline level of the driver. Acceleration is tremendous – even in the low rpm range. This quality is supplemented by an engine map configured to offer the rev limits typical of a sports car. This means high compression and a high engine speed combined with good modulation of power output. Every drive becomes a sporting event – no matter how fast you go.
The engine, road, and tire noise of the Jaguar feels like a bad dream while the impeccable drive, quiet handling, and powerful engine of the Porsche 718 feels like heaven at your fingertips. The F-Type has sufficient power for a car in its class, but the Porsche has power to spare. The Porsche surpasses its competitors in the way of amazing handling, braking, and overall responsiveness sure to fulfill your sense of adventure.
Porsche offers a 12 year corrosion warranty, compared to Mercedes-Benz C-Class’ 5 year warranty. This gives Porche an edge when it comes to standing behind its product.
Porsche vehicles prove to be better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles, according to J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners. Porsche is ranked 4th in initial quality while Mercedes ranks 14th. When we look at long-term dependability, J.D. Power ranks Porsche #2 in reliability compared to Mercedes at 15th. Porsche also received a ranking 6 places higher in reliability than Mercedes from the Consumer Reports December 2018 Auto issue.
If you’re looking for an exceptional luxury sports car, then the Porsche 718 Cayman is your perfect choice!
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