The number 718 is a significant one for Porsche – it’s the name of their wreath-winning, open-cockpit racing car of the 1950s and ’60s. Now those legendary digits have been slipped into the moniker of the new fourth-generation Cayman, subtly implying its associated sportiness.
Less subtle, though, is the accompanying engine refit – downsizing the normally aspirated, flat-six engines that have powered the Cayman since its 2006 launch with turbocharged flat-fours. Smaller, though, doesn’t mean lesser in this case.
The new boxer engines add around 25hp to the oomph of their predecessors – the standard Cayman getting a 300hp 2-litre engine pushing 380Nm of torque, while the Cayman S gets 350hp and 420Nm from its 2.5-litre block. Fuel economy gets a boost, too, saving around a litre and a half per 100km on both cars.
But the real concern, of course, is how it sounds?
Noise-pollution fans will be pleased to hear that the engine note is bigger, too – the turbocharger helping those four cylinders deliver a satisfyingly bassy growl and raspy exhaust spit impressive enough that Porsche have proudly added an audio track of it to their website.
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Blink and you may miss the fastest Golf GTI ever
Keen on a quick 2-litre turbo from the VW Group, but require more luggage space than the Cayman can deliver?
The new Golf GTI Clubsport S is the car for you – if you can get your hands on one. Only 400 are being built, with each car getting its production number engraved on the dash.
And it’s not just sales of the car that will be quick – the 305hp two-door hatch recently set a new front-wheel drive lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife (7:49.21, if you’re interested). To hammer the point home, VW has installed a ‘Nürburgring’ setting in its dynamic chassis-control system for those who want to risk their collector’s item on a track day.
At 5.8 seconds for 0-100kph, it may lose a second to even the standard Cayman – but you’re unlikely to ever suffer the indignity of parking next to another one.
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