After introducing the 718 Boxster at the beginning of the year, Porsche is now taking the wraps off its coupe sibling, the 718 Cayman.

There aren’t any surprises in terms of design since it looks exactly as you would expect, like a 718 Boxster with a fixed metal roof. Besides the name change, the new version brings a brand new heart in the form of turbocharged four-cylinder engines replacing the old naturally-aspirated six-cylinder units. The base version has a 2.0-liter with 300 horsepower (220 kilowatts) and 280 pound-feet (380 newton meters) while the S model upgrades to a 2.5-liter delivering 350 hp (257 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm).

In terms of performance, a 718 Cayman featuring the PDK and the optional Sport Chrono Package runs the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.7 seconds while the Cayman S can do it in 4.2 seconds. Porsche is quoting a top track speed of 170 mph (275 kph) for the regular model and 177 mph (285 kph) for the more potent S.

Aside from the new name and smaller engines, the Porsche 718 Cayman benefits from an optimized chassis with firmer springs and stabilizers along with retuned shock absorbers. Moreover, the steering is now 10 percent more direct and the rear wheels are one-half inch wider while the fresh set of tires boost cornering stability.

The interior was also the subject of a few changes, with new air vents, 918 Spyder-like design for the steering wheel, and standard Porsche Communication Management (PCM). At an additional cost, the 718 Cayman can get the Connect module which adds Porsche Car Connect, Apple CarPlay, and USB port. For more money, buyers can opt for the navigation module with voice control and real-time traffic information.

Already available on order, the 2017 Porsche Cayman costs $53,900 MSRP while the punchier S will set you back $66,300, with both prices excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee. The European market launch is set for late September while the U.S. version is bound to hit dealers at the end of November.

Source: Porsche

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