Porsche Cayman
(4th Gen)

4th Gen Porsche Cayman Front Image
  • Model Year 2016 to Onwards
  • Class Sports Car
  • Layout Rear-Engine, RWD
  • Style 2-door Coupe
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Overview

The Porsche Cayman are mid-engined two-seater sports cars manufactured and marketed by German automobile manufacturer Porsche across four generations, as a 3-door, 2-seater fastback coupe. With the new 982-generation, the marketing designation of the Cayman was changed to Porsche 718, a nod to Porsche's racing heritage that won the Targa Florio race in 1959 and 1960. Because the 718 Cayman has lost two cylinders, going from a naturally aspirated flat-6 engine to a turbocharged flat-4 engine, the name is meant to evoke a racing series that was won by a light car that outmaneuvered the cars with more powerful engines. The timeline of the 718 release started in 2016, with first model availability scheduled for June. The 718 base featured two new horizontally-opposed flat-4 turbocharged engines at 2.0L and 2.5L displacement with increased torque and horsepower with lower fuel consumption. The S model turbocharger utilizes Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) technology. Later, In October 2017 the GTS models were announced with their 2.5l engines upgraded to produce 361 bhp (269 kW). The car is not named after the Cayman Islands. Both the car and the islands are named after the caiman, a member of the alligator family. When the first Caymans arrived at dealerships for sale, the automaker adopted four caimans at Stuttgart's Wilhelma Zoo. Porsche brought an infringement lawsuit in 2009 against Crocs, the maker of the popular rubber shoes. At issue was the footwear company's clog name also called Cayman. An injunction was granted against Crocs Europe, a division of the Longmont, Colorado-based shoe company preventing their use in Germany of the Cayman name. The Cayman could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.9 seconds. In 2020 the GTS model of Cayman got a new engine, a slightly de-tuned version of the 4.0L naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine found in the GT4. In the GTS trim the engine produce 400ps (294kW) and 420Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. The GTS comes standard with a manual six speed gearbox and a mechanical limited slip differential. The exterior of the 718 Cayman is very similar to the third generation, in fact more of an evolution than a redesign. The most notable changes are to the rear of the car, which now has a long black-trim bar across the rear connecting the two taillights. The headlights and bumper are also heavily reworked. On the sides, the mirrors have been redesigned, taking hue from the SportDesign mirrors on the GT3. The interior remains very similar to the 981 Cayman and the 991.2 generation of the Porsche 911. The main change is the new PCM 4.0 infotainment system, which replaces the PCM 3.1. The steering wheel comes with a mode selector switch that includes a selection of Sports and Sports Plus driving modes, resulting in snappier throttle response at the cost of fuel efficiency. Overall, the most prominent design features of the 981 Cayman remain, including large air induction ports on the side, and the prominent horizontal aluminum piece used for adding oil and coolant in the trunk. Despite the loss of two cylinders, the 718 Cayman are mechanically superior to the 981 model, acceleration is faster and steering is improved. In spite of the view of some that the new engine "cheapens the experience". The 718 Cayman was declared Motor Trend's 2nd best Drivers car in 2017, which praised the car's handling and throttle response. Giving the award, Miguel Cortina noted, "The suspension is just what you want to feel in a car like this stiff, sporty, rigid. You get a very good sense of what is happening on the road."


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