Reviews 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Manual

16:20  08 february  2018
16:20  08 february  2018 Source:   Car and Driver

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.

What It Is: It’ s the version of Porsche ’ s updated-for- 2017 —and newly turbo-fied—entry-level sports car with a fixed roof, a 350-hp engine, and a six-speed manual transmission. Along with its 718 Boxster convertible sibling, the 718 Cayman coupe offers one of the purest driving experiences available in

What It Is: It’ s the version of Porsche ’ s updated-for- 2017 —and newly turbo-fied—entry-level sports car with a fixed roof, a 350-hp engine, and a six-speed manual transmission. Along with its 718 Boxster convertible sibling, the 718 Cayman coupe offers one of the purest driving experiences available in

What It Is: It’s the version of Porsche’s updated-for-2017—and newly turbo-fied—entry-level sports car with a fixed roof, a 350-hp engine, and a six-speed manual transmission. Along with its 718 Boxster convertible sibling, the 718 Cayman coupe offers one of the purest driving experiences available in any sports car, including within Porsche’s own stable. As part of a lineup-wide redo, the ’17 Cayman S received quicker steering from the 911 Turbo, firmer suspension tuning, bigger brakes from the 911 Carrera, and fresh sheetmetal nearly everywhere, as well as a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four in place of the prior car’s naturally aspirated 3.4-liter flat-six. Output increased by 25 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque, the latter available, usefully, some 2600 rpm lower on the tachometer. (The horsepower peak is lower, too, by 900 rpm, but the maximum engine speed dropped by 300 rpm, to 7500.) The Sapphire Blue Cayman S we drove for this review started at $67,350 before roughly $15,000 in options.

2017 Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet Manual

  2017 Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet Manual Perhaps the most versatile member of a diverse lineup.All of those variations might confuse the issue, but each of them is a different take on excellence. Take the 911 GTS cabriolet tested here. It’s not entirely unfair to view the GTS as an elaborate option package, albeit one composed of some parts that are otherwise unavailable on the regular Carrera S. It starts with the body of the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4, which is 1.7 inches broader than the rear-drive shell. Then toss in the PASM sport suspension and satin-black 20-inch center-lock wheels from the Turbo S. The latter are wider than the Carrera S’s by a half-inch both front (9.

Now known as the 718 Cayman for 2017 —the numerical designation also was applied to its roadster equivalent, the 718 Boxster— Porsche ’ s mid-engine sports That’ s especially true with the updates to the 718 Cayman ’ s six-speed manual transmission that now snicks into gears with the same ease and

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman / Cayman S First Review. slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission or optional paddle-shift 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. To smooth the transition, the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S keep the same platform It drops 1 mpg with a manual or in the Cayman

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.

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They’re also all tenacious handlers, a trait best enjoyed by your adrenal glands but quantified in our data by skidpad performances that fall between 1.00 and 1.04 g, with this S manual being the stickiest. Braking distances from 70 mph are retina stretching, too, falling between 141 and 146 feet (this S stopped in 145). We’ve also run three of the lot on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy loop, and it turns out the Cayman is relatively efficient in such situations: This S manual achieved 29 mpg. Not too shabby but a number that few on our staff—except the poor soul who cruised for hours—will experience in a Cayman; the rest of us were too busy caning the thing within an inch of its life, as the 19 mpg we averaged overall will attest.

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.

What It Is: It’ s the version of Porsche ’ s updated-for- 2017 —and newly turbo-fied—entry-level sports car with a fixed roof, a 350-hp engine, and a six-speed manual transmission. The 718 Cayman S still sounds great on the low end, where the mechanical goodness of the flat engine layout shines through

While the Cayman S can still send its output to the rear wheels with a six-speed manual gearbox, our tester was fitted with the optional seven-speed PDK, which might be the most deft automatic on the planet. And the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S is one such sanctuary.

What We Like: Well, we like pretty much everything about the Cayman S and its siblings—there’s a reason they’ve become mainstays of our 10Best Cars awards. The chassis begs to be poured into a corner, there’s sublime mid-engine balance and communication at the limit, and the ride is livable in most every situation. Plus, with 15 cubic feet of cargo space split between the front trunk and the hatchback area, the Cayman is better suited than most sports cars for both daily driving and long road trips.

But forget commutes or traffic slogs, this is a car that’s all about living in the moment. The harmonious feel of the primary controls fosters an almost spiritual connection between the car and its driver, and with turbocharged torque available all over the tach, the Cayman S simply hauls ass. The steering, shifter, and clutch are nearly perfect in terms of tactility, response, and weight—they’re substantial and responsive but not falsely heavy or twitchy, unlike in many other sporty cars where marketers seemingly dictated the feel.

One Week With: 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

  One Week With: 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Improving upon near-perfectionResearch Porsche's latest models on MSN Autos

Car Reviews Porsche 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S Review. Transmission: 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK. EPA Fuel Economy (MPG): 22 city, 30 hwy, 28 combined (base w/ PDK).

In our previous reviews of the stablemates for this 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S —the Boxster, Boxster S , and base Cayman —we’ve already Both cars had the launch-control function that generally sees PDK-equipped Porsches outrunning their manual -transmission equivalents that lack that feature.

If you’re going to hammer on this car on back roads or on a racetrack, it’s hard to argue against our test car’s PASM Sport suspension ($2070), with its lower ride height, or the $1320 Porsche Torque Vectoring, which teams individual rear-wheel braking and a mechanical limited-slip differential to give the Cayman an even sharper appetite for corner apexes.

What We Don’t Like: This car oozes with all the dynamism one expects from a Porsche, but it’s hard not to consider saving $13,000-ish and getting the base Cayman with a manual. That model’s performance numbers aren’t that far off those of the S, and it offers most of the same options outside of a few higher-performance goodies such as the PASM Sport system.

While we understand there’s lots of profit in Porsche’s à la carte options model and a lot of consumer appeal to ordering a very specific car, items like heating ($530) and ventilation ($730) for the seats, navigation ($1730), auto-dimming mirrors ($690), and power seat adjustment ($800 for two-way Sport Seats Plus)—all of which were among the extras fitted to our car—really should be included on anything that starts north of 65 grand.

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2017 porsche 718 - cayman S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual , premium unleaded (required) 22 combined MPG 20 city MPG/26 highway MPG.

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S . Don't fear the future. July 2016 By MIKE DUFF. 0shares. Listed MSRP is for a 718 Cayman Coupe Box base trim with no options. TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual , 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode.

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Finally, the transition to forced induction has seen the engine sound become less euphoric and more Oreck. The 718 Cayman S still sounds great on the low end, where the mechanical goodness of the flat engine layout shines through, but at higher rpm there’s more groaning and whooshing than in older Caymans. That’s with the $2540 Sport exhaust; the car is even less aurally satisfying without it.

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS First Drive Review

  2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS First Drive Review Playing the options game

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On Track: 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Racing Yellow. 280 - 309 lb-ft. Transmission. 6-Speed Manual . Drivetrain. Rear Wheel Drive.

Verdict: The Cayman is one of the greatest cars around, no matter its configuration.

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED: $82,290 (base price: $67,350)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve flat-4, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 152 cu in, 2497 cc

Power: 350 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque: 309 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual

DIMENSIONS:

Wheelbase: 97.4 in

Length: 172.4 in

Width: 70.9 in Height: 50.6 in

Passenger volume: 49 cu ft

Cargo volume: 15 cu ft

Curb weight: 3087 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:

Zero to 60 mph: 4.1 sec

Zero to 100 mph: 9.3 sec

Zero to 130 mph: 16.2 sec

Zero to 150 mph: 24.8 sec

Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.3 sec

Top gear, 30–50 mph: 8.3 sec

Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.6 sec

Standing ¼-mile: 12.4 sec @ 115 mph

Top speed (drag limited, mfr's claim): 177 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 145 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.04 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY:

Observed: 19 mpg

75-mph highway driving: 29 mpg

Highway range: 490 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY:

Combined/city/highway: 22/20/26 mpg

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Satisfaction is spelled G-T-S.Of course, there’s nothing about the GTS experience that’s below average. With the accelerator matted, and once you’ve pushed through the briefest moment of turbo lag, the twin-turbocharged flat-six spins the seven-speed’s gears with ferocity, spurring you to wag the gearshift through the gates as quickly as you can to grab the next ratio before hitting the fuel cutoff. And we appreciate that wagging the gearshift is still an option in these manual-transmission-adverse days, even if that’s the lone reason for the slower acceleration times (the GTS with the dual-clutch PDK automatic blurs to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds flat).

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