Designated the ‘718 Cayman’, the new four-cylinder turbocharged engines replace six-cylinder units as part of a mid-life update for the Porsche Cayman. There are new front and rear bumpers, head- and tail-light designs as well as an updated interior that includes a new steering wheel design. Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is now standard, and includes sat-nav and a 150W stereo.
The biggest news is the new engine range. The four-cylinder turbocharged units bring not only greater performance, but improved fuel economy. The entry-level Cayman’s 6.9L/100km fuel economy claim means it sits brings below the 7.0L/100km Luxury Car Tax threshold for ‘fuel efficient vehicles’, effectively reducing the $4999 cost of optioning the automatic Cayman to only $1333.
The two-tier line-up starts with the Cayman, and the higher-spec Cayman S. At $110,300 the entry-level Cayman will use a mid-mounted 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 220kW and 380Nm. That’s considerably more than the 202kW/290Nm of the current car, despite it using a larger 2.7-litre six-cylinder. As well as improved efficiency, the four-cylinder Cayman accelerates from 0-100km/h 4.9sec – 0.7 quicker than the current model.
For $140,000 the Cayman S has a more powerful 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, which replaces the 3.4-litre six-cylinder in the current Cayman S. It too has considerably more power, quicker acceleration claims and improved fuel economy. With the optional PDK (dual-clutch automatic) transmission and optional Sports Chrono pack, Porsche claims it will accelerate from 0-100km/h in a scant 4.2 seconds, all while recording a 0.7L/100km improvement in fuel efficiency to 7.3L/100km.
The 718 Porsche Cayman arrives in showrooms in late 2016 from $110,300.