Reviews 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS First Drive Review

15:59  08 february  2018
15:59  08 february  2018 Source:   motortrend.com

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S: When Four (Cylinders) Is Greater Than Six

  2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S: When Four (Cylinders) Is Greater Than Six Porsche replaced the iconic flat-6 engine in the Cayman with an all-new turbocharged flat-4, and renamed it the 718. Despite the loss of two cylinders, and a slightly less polished demeanor, the new engine is better in nearly every measurable category.This isn’t another review of Porsche’s mid-engine Cayman sports car, which has earned praise from Kelley Blue Book‘s team of experts for more than a decade. Instead, this is tale about how an all-new turbocharged flat-4 engine, which replaced a beloved naturally aspirated flat-6, strengthened and improved the exemplary German two-place coupe.

Yes, doubled. The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS , which retail for ,850 and ,950, respectively, therefore seem like smart buys.

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Few automakers play the options game as cleverly as Porsche. No matter what model you're looking at, the siren song of the Porsche configurator is ready to lure you onto the rocks of financial ruin. And it's not just the obvious big-ticket stuff such as carbon-ceramic brakes, PASM sports suspension, or the Sport Chrono package. It's detail things such as having the key painted to match your car's exterior color, fitting red seat belts, or a fuel cap with "aluminum look finish"—160 bucks for something only you will see when you're gassing up. A click here, a click there, and the dollars quickly add up. It is possible to spec a Porsche 718 Cayman S to the point where you've effectively doubled its $68,750 base price. Yes, doubled.

Porsche 718 Cayman S: 2nd Place - 2017 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car

  Porsche 718 Cayman S: 2nd Place - 2017 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car Porsche's well-balanced sports carThe major change: a turbo flat-four replaces the flat-six Caymans have had since birth. Displacing just 2.5 liters, it pumps out a flat-six-beating 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available; we went with the PDK dual-clutch automatic. With it comes a Sport Response button, which unleashes 20 seconds of sharper throttle response. Lift, and the throttle stays open with the fuel off to keep the turbo spinning. In addition to new chassis tuning, the rear suspension is wider, and the steering rack has been lifted from the 911 Turbo.

Few automakers play the options game as cleverly as Porsche . No matter what model you’re looking at, the siren song of the Porsche configurator is ready to lure you onto the rocks of financial ruin. And it’s not just the obvious big-ticket stuff such as carbon-ceramic brakes, PASM sports suspension

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The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS, which retail for $80,850 and $82,950, respectively, therefore seem like smart buys. These new 718 variants basically bring together the options Porsche knows Cayman and Boxster S buyers are most likely to consider—PASM, Porsche Torque Vectoring, 20-inch wheels, the Sport Chrono package, and the sports exhaust, among others—and puts them together in a value-priced package. And Porsche has put a cherry on top, too: The 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS get a 15-hp bump over S models courtesy of a bigger turbocharger delivering higher boost pressure through a new intake plenum.

In GTS spec the 2.5-liter flat-four develops 365 hp at 6,500 rpm. If you order a car with the optional PDK transmission ($3,210), the engine also pumps out 8 lb-ft more torque from 1,900 rpm to 5,000 rpm than in S models. In manual transmission cars, however, peak the torque output of 309 lb-ft from 1,900 rpm to 5,500 rpm is unchanged over S-spec. That's a reflection, says Porsche powertrain engineer Fabian Zink, of the fact that fewer than one in 10 Caymans or Boxsters worldwide are sold with a stick—not enough to justify investment in beefing up the manual to cope with more torque.

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MALAGA, Spain — Porsche is famous for deriving new variants from existing models. The 911 Carrera, the most obvious example of this hair splitting, now comes in 24 flavours — one to satisfy the performance-car steward’s every conceivable taste.

Select Model 718 Boxster 718 Cayman 911 918 928 968 Boxster Carrera GT Cayenne Cayenne Diesel Cayenne E-Hybrid Cayman Cayman S Yes, doubled. The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS , which retail for ,850 and ,950, respectively, therefore seem like smart buys.

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As the bigger wheels and tires, sportier suspension, and the Sport Chrono package give the sharper reflexes we've already experienced with similarly equipped S models, the heart of the 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS drive experience ultimately comes down to the engine. A 4.2 percent increase in power (along with a 2.5 percent increase in torque in PDK-equipped models) might not sound much in the overall scheme of things, but there are measurable performance benefits: A tenth of a second has been trimmed from the 718 S models' 0-60-mph acceleration times, and a Cayman GTS has lapped the N rburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 40 seconds—that's 2 seconds quicker than the current Cayman S.

Porsche claims the GTS manuals will zip from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and cover the standing quarter mile in 12.7 seconds. The smooth, lightning quick PDK transmission shaves a hefty half a second from the 0-60-mph time, and four tenths of a second from the quarter-mile sprint, despite a 66-pound weight penalty. Even so, at 3,098 pounds a PDK-equipped 718 is hardly obese.

The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS are Pure Sport

  The 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS are Pure Sport Brand’s latest two-seaters are set loose in Southern SpainInside the car, the two-way radio crackled. "Do a better job of linking the turns—look at the last cone," urged driving master Matthias Hoffs mmer, leading the way in a 911. Hoffs mmer had seen our big wiggle in the esses, a moment that first suggested going off the track backwards. Instead, though, without any heroic counter-steering, things sorted themselves right out, just as if this brilliant coupe had already memorized the circuit.

The GTS package on the current 911 Carrera, now on the 718 Boxster and Cayman , is what we’re calling the driver’s package. Car Reviews 2018 Nissan Kicks first drive : Youth movement. Luxury 2019 Porsche Macan: Here's what we expect.

Select Model 718 Boxster 718 Cayman 911 918 928 968 Boxster Carrera GT Cayenne Cayenne Diesel Cayenne E-Hybrid Cayman Cayman S Yes, doubled. The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS , which retail for ,850 and ,950, respectively, therefore seem like smart buys.

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As we've proven time and again, on circuits such as Laguna Seca and Big Willow, PDK-equipped Porsches are way quicker than their stick shift counterparts on the track. Porsche's double-clutch transmissions seem so spookily sentient, so eerily aware of what the car is doing right now and what the driver wants it to do next that even our in-house hot shoe Randy Pobst simply selects Sport Plus mode and leaves the paddles alone on a hot lap. It's no different in the 718 GTS.

In back-to-back sessions on the glorious 3.4-mile, 26-turn Ascari circuit in southern Spain, the manual Cayman GTS proved fun to drive—to a point. But the PDK-equipped version was simply sublime, allowing you to go much deeper under brakes, more precisely adjust the chassis attitude midcorner, and power harder down the straights.

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There are those who grumble that the PDK transmission is taking the skill out of driving fast, to which Porsche ambassador and former F1 and Le Mans racer Hans-Joachim Stuck sniffs and points out that many of the world's greatest drivers—including Senna, Schumacher, and Hamilton—honed their extraordinary ability behind the wheel driving karts, which have no transmissions whatsoever. Hot-lapping a PDK-equipped 718 GTS unlocks the true secrets of speed, at speeds we mere mortals can compute. It provides a master class in chassis balance and slip angles, a tutorial in the mysterious alchemy that occurs when rubber meets tarmac under the influence of the laws of physics.

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Manual

  2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Manual Excellence is expected . . . and delivered.Why We Tested It and How It Performed: We’ve already tested the latest manual and automatic non-S Caymans as well as the automatic-equipped S, and the circle demanded completion. Given the launch-control function and lightning-fast shifts of Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK transmission, it’s perhaps no surprise that the quickest Caymans are the automatics, with the base version requiring 3.9 seconds to get to 60 mph and the S just 3.6. The manual-equipped S tested here gets to 60 mph 0.2 second quicker than the 300-hp, stick-shifted base car, 4.1 versus 4.3. So, yeah, none of these cars are slow.

The 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS represent the pinnacle of the mid-engine Porsche roadster and coupe genre. While they may appear similar on paper, their driving focus is so different that you might well want to consider them as a set.

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That said, a remarkable 35 percent of those who bought the previous-generation (981) Cayman GTS in the States ordered one with a stick shift, bucking the global trend. Porsche Cars North America expects a similar take rate with the 718 version. On a nice, quiet winding road it's easy to see why: With a stick shift, the little Porsche—in either Cayman coupe or Boxster convertible form—is a pure, joyful, deeply engaging sports car, especially if you have nowhere to go and all day to get there. It feels alive and responsive—ready to play the moment the mood takes you. But it'll also get you to and from your favorite driving road without you feeling like you're wrestling an unruly child.

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Porsche Cars North America says the Cayman GTS represents a 7.6 percent value over a comparably equipped Cayman S, and the Boxster GTS comes in at 5.8 percent. Now, cynics might argue GTS pricing includes $8,760 worth of purely cosmetic stuff, ranging from the $3,600 Sport Design Pack to the $290 charged for the GTS logo in the seat headrests. And it's true, you can order Cayman S with 20-inch wheels and tires, PASM Sport Suspension, Porsche Torque Vectoring, and the Sport Chrono package, and get a car with pretty much same go-faster goodies as a GTS. But you'd only save about 2,500 bucks and still have a car down 15-hp into the bargain.

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American 718 Cayman and Boxster S buyers typically spend a staggering $15,000 to $20,000 on options for their cars. Against that background, the 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS twins essentially reframe a 12 grand price hike in terms of paying a mere $168 per extra horsepower, and that's math that'll make them a compelling choice for many. Like we said, when it comes to the options game, few automakers play it cleverly as Porsche.

The Transforming Porsche Brand .
Having rapidly transitioned from sports cars to big cars, can Porsche repeat the trick?It can take decades or longer to establish that most elusive of things in the automobile business, a desirable brand, and it's no mean feat when it works. And no mean feats were the Porsche 356 and 911, which did most of the heavy lifting over the second half of the 20th century to cement the brand in the world's popular imagination as the focused maker of efficient, quality sports cars. (Admittedly, they had help along the way from the less iconic but still worthy 914, 924/944/968, and 928.

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