Porsche has come out with its new 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman that has a 300 horsepower 2.0-liter engine. The car is equipped with an amazing infotainment system along with a 7.0-inch touchscreen. The car is available in both manual and automatic variations, so depending on one’s preference, you can choose from the six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.
This car is, in fact, Porsche’s entry-level sports car. The company claims that even the base Cayman car is capable of returning a 4.5-second 0-to-60-mph time. This is made possible with a 4.9-second run with the six-speed manual and the optional PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox. So the important question is: if the base car is good enough, then should you be paying a premium for the high-end models?
The answer to that question is this. We know there are at least two variants: the regular one and the S model. The regular 718 Cayman’s 2.0-liter feels fractionally slower to respond when compared to that of S’s 2.5-liter. It will be interesting to note that the company states that the standard car actually produces a higher peak boost of 19 psi when compared with the S’s psi of 16. The major difference, as I see it, is with the optional seven-speed automatic and six-speed manual.
Neither variants are meant for street driving. The 718 has the ability to keep the torque flowing and the turbo spinning, even during gear changes. They both also have abundant grip due to the quicker-ratio steering lifted from the 911 Turbo. The company has ensured that the car is equipped with its new Dynamic Boost feature. Thanks to this feature, the car “pre-conditions” the turbo by holding the throttle valve open after the driver comes off the gas in both the Sport and Sport Plus modes. This, in turn, makes the engine alert and focussed. The 718 Cayman series offer improved performance and opportunities for great for races.