The Porsche Cayman, which is a coupe version of the Porsche Boxster, is a mid-engine model introduced in 2005. The model has become progressively more popular with consumers as a more affordable and fair proposition when compared to the range-leading Porsche 911. The first era coupe was launched with three dissimilar flat-six powertrains and later, a facelifted Cayman was launched during early 2009, whereas the redesigned version arrived in dealerships in 2013.
Now, the German automaker is offering model a mid-cycle refresh for the model year 2017 for the still-fresh Cayman, with the name, 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman. Like with nearly all Porsche facelifts, the 2017 model 718 Cayman was first expected to get minor interior and exterior changes, in addition to a meek output boost. However, the unveiling of the modified Boxster made it apparent that the Cayman was in for a complete update.
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Changes, Exterior
The next generation Porsche 718 Cayman comes with the identical styling as that of the Porsche Boxter below its waist. The new model comes equipped with a little wider front part with a novel bumper, broader air intakes, revamped, thinner daylight running lights, and a reshaped middle-mounted grille. The new vehicle also comes equipped with new bi-xenon headlamps of Porsche, in addition to the optional units with four-level daylight running lights.
When seen from the side, the new 718 Cayman sports an analogous form to its predecessor, but it features innovative character lines over and beneath the side intakes, revised door handles devoid of recess covers and beefier side skirts. It also comes outfitted with novel side mirrors and 19-inch alloy wheels as standard and 20-inch alloy wheels as an option.
At the back, the new vehicle gets the most spectacular tweaks. The back fascia comes equipped with redesigned taillights and decklid, similar to those of the Boxster. The taillights come equipped with the new 3D LEDs of Porsche with four-stage brake lights and receive a black strip with “Porsche” writing beefier side skirts between them. Other external changes include 718 Cayman insignias, a reworked diffuser with a rectangular exhaust tube for the base trim and a pair of circular outlets for the S edition.
The facelifted new Porsche 718 Cayman 2017 rides on a returned frame that uses stiffer springs, stabilizers, and reworked shock absorbers. The steering is 10 % more direct and improves its agility. The new vehicle also gains from superior cornering stability because of the revised back wheels, which are a half-inch broader than before. Regarding brakes, the 2017 Cayman comes equipped with 13-inch disc brakes in the front and 11.7-inch disc brakes at the rear.
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Interior
The new Cayman comes with the identical interior styling as that of the Boxster, with the infinite headspace with a drop-top. Updates in the cabin are less impressive, but the coupe now comes outfitted with a revised dashboard with fresh A/C vents, an updated instrument bunch, and a revamped steering wheel based on that of the Porsche 911. Some of the technological upgrades include audio interfaces, a standard Porsche Communication Management structure with mobile phone connectivity and an 110W Sound Package Plus.
Optionally, consumers can add the Connect unit with extensions for smartphones, such as the Apple CarPlay, USB port, and Porsche Car Connect. Other attractive features available on the options list include navigation unit with voice control and a Connect Plus unit for access to an extensive collection of online services. Naturally, the buyers of the new Porsche 718 Cayman 2017 will have access to an extensive variety of modification options and upholstery groupings, as well.
Just similar to the 718 Boxster, the Cayman 2007 comes equipped with a new collection of turbocharged, flat-four engines. The base model comes equipped with a power plant with the displacement of 2.0 liters. 2017 Porsche Cayman engine produces the utmost power of 300 ponies and the utmost torque of 280 pounds per foot. This is 35 ponies and 74 pounds per foot more than those of the previous model. Through this engine, the new vehicle also gets improved acceleration, from 0-60 mph it goes in 4.9 seconds with the six-velocity manual transmission, 4.7 seconds with the PDK transmission and 4.5 seconds with the Sports Chrono Package and PDK transmission. Top velocity for the base model is 170 mph, which is 5 mph more than that of the earlier model.
On the other hand, the S trim of Cayman comes equipped with a turbocharged, flat-four power plant with the displacement of 2.5 liters. 2017 Porsche Cayman S engine produces the utmost power of 350 ponies and the utmost torque of 309 pounds per foot. This is 35 ponies and 43 pounds per foot more than those of the previous model. Through this engine, the new vehicle also gets improved acceleration that makes it from 0-60 mph speed in 4.4 seconds with the six-velocity manual transmission, 4.2 seconds with the PDK transmission and 4.0 seconds with the Sports Chrono Package and PDK transmission.
Top velocity for the model is 177 mph, which is 2 mph more than that of the earlier model. Mileage has also enhanced because of turbocharging. The base model of the new vehicle with the manual transmission offers the city and highway mileage of 21 mpg and 28 mpg respectively, whereas with the PDK transmission it offers the city and highway mileage of 22 mpg and 30 mpg respectively
Base price and the date of release
The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman release date is expected to be the concluding part of 2016. Regarding pricing, The base price of the 718 Cayman with manual transmission is estimated to be $53,900. The base price of the new 718 Cayman with PDK transmission is estimated to be $57,100. The base price of the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S with manual transmission is estimated to be $66,300. The base price of the new 718 Cayman S with PDK transmission is estimated to be $69,500.