Porsche 718 Cayman S Manual Tested: Excellence Delivered


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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. READ MORE ››


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