The Porsche 718 Cayman is one of the most talked about cars in recent times.
It is getting a significant powertrain change as the engineers decided to modify the flat six engine to a flat four turbo power engine.
The same powertrain, a flat four boxer engine is already being used by the Subaru Boxster convertible. With the update, Porsche has now used the same in their 718 Cayman and has changed its name so as to make it easy for buyers to identify the model. The car was originally launched at the Beijing motor show.
The entry level variant of the car is powered by a 2.0-liter engine which can deliver up to 296 horsepower. A faster version of the model the 718 Cayman S is powered by a much bigger 2.5-liter engine which delivers up to 345 horsepower. The engineers at Porsche claimed that both models are equally superior when it comes to performance and are also capable of delivering an impeccable fuel efficiency, which is a rare feat done by sports cars.
According to official statement, the Porsche 718 Cayman can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds. The S version can do the same numbers in just 4.2 seconds with a top speed pegged at 177 miles per hour. The base model however is bit on the lower side with a top speed of 170 miles per hour. A bunch of changes have been implemented in the chassis including new springs, dampers while the rear wheels are much wider than they used to be. It favors quicker steering, as confirmed by the design team.
Porsche has priced the Cayman in such a way that it has managed to fall under the pricing of the Boxster for the first time. The model is priced at £39,878 in UK which is affordable for buyers who always opt for performance friendly, sports cars. Expressing his views on the turbo engines, Stefan Wechbach said that it offers all the advantages customers look for in their cars. Everything including acceleration, fuel efficiency, performance and torque is provided by these versatile engines.
There is no word on whether Porsche plans to bring back the six-cylinder engine to the Cayman and the Boxster. They are still confident that the powertrains have the potential to bring the best out but will choose it based on what their buyers actually look for.