Turbocharged Porsche 718 Cayman – fewer cylinders, more fun?

The Porsche Cayman is, in the eyes of many reviewers, one of the finest handling sports cars money can buy. As the drive for reduced emissions continues, Porsche’s answered the challenge by dropping the thirsty yet characterful flat-six petrol engine in favour of a new turbocharged flat-four.

In addition to a new engine, the firm has introduced a range of updates to the model to keep it ahead of the pack including the Mercedes SLC, Audi TT and BMW 2 Series. Not sold on the Porsche? Check out our list of the best sports cars on sale.

New Porsche 718 Cayman styling

It’s been subtly restyled for this facelift, most prominently at the front where new, sharper headlights create a wider, more muscular look. Below them sit larger air intakes that help emphasise the new model’s broad appearance.

At the back, the car’s newfound width is further enhanced by a black strip that now connects the brake lights which have, themselves, been redesigned. Finishing the new look are redesigned twin-exit exhausts replacing the single exit predecessor.

New Porsche 718 Cayman interior

Inside, the car gets a redesigned upper dashboard and now includes Bluetooth preparation and an upgraded sound system as standard. Drivers are also treated to a new steering wheel taken straight from the new 918 Spyder hypercar.

Owners can also utilise apps via their smartphone to control the car – Porsche’s Connect Plus module enables the use of Apple CarPlay along with Google Earth, Google Street View and built-in WiFI. There is also a Porsche Connect app that can be downloaded onto smartphones for further enhanced connectivity.

New Porsche 718 Cayman engines

The biggest news for the new Cayman, however, is the addition of the new engine. Gone is the characterful non-turbo flat-six of the old model, replaced by a new turbocharged flat-four in either 2.0 or 2.5-litre guises depending on your choice of Cayman or Cayman S. This new unit made its debut in the recently updated 718 Boxster.

Regular 718 Cayman models get 300hp – enough to fly from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds when fitted with Porsche’s twin-clutch automatic gearbox and the optional Sport Chrono Pack. Upgrade to the 718 Cayman S and you’ll drop half-a-second from the 0-60mph time and hit 177mph flat out – 7mph faster than the regular model.

New Porsche 718 Cayman driving

To match the increased power, Porsche has improved the Cayman’s handling, too. The steering is 10 per cent quicker meaning the car feels keener to turn into corners while stiffened suspension settings means it’s even more resistant to body roll. The rear wheels are half-an-inch wider to enhance grip through corners and traction out of them.

Optional adaptive or sports adaptive suspension offers a 10 or 20mm ride height reduction respectively. The optional Sports Chrono Pack includes various driving modes that can enhance or soften the driving experience as the driver sees fit. Larger brakes feature on all models to bring the fun to a halt even faster than before.

New Porsche 718 Cayman price

Entry-level – if ever a Porsche could be so called – models will cost £39,878 and the S version will set you back £48,834 – around £9,000 extra. This means it’s the first time the Cayman costs less than the Boxster, reflecting the latter’s convertible complexity. Like all Porsche’s, be wary of the options list – it can send the price to truly astronomical levels.

New Porsche 718 Cayman release date

It’s due to go on sale in September 2016 but be prepared because demand is likely to be high upon its launch.

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