2020 Porsche 718 Cayman Review | Asian Car Guide
September 21, 2020

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman Review

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It is a familiar formula that has quietly carved out its own niche fan club in the Stuttgart driving camp. We’re talking about the new Porsche 718 Cayman.

A continuation of the proven horizontally opposed four-cylinder turbo engine in a midship layout paired with rear-wheel drive – a worthy nod to the history of distinguished Porsche race cars.

Within this new model series, the Boxster roadster and Cayman coupé are now very much alike both from a technical and visual standpoint. For the first time ever, the two models have the same engine power levels – both are equipped with newly-developed four-cylinder flat engines with turbocharging, resulting in a higher power output combined with better fuel

The 718 entry level Cayman delivers 220kW from its two-litre engine displacement, whilst the sportier S model develops 257kW from 2.5 litres, and the GTS’ 269kW.

The all-new 718 Cayman is an impressive machine in its own respect. Strikingly dynamic, effortlessly agile, sharply athletic, and powerful for its design.

Behind the wheel of the latest 718 Cayman

Low, wide, and sleek, the exterior design of the new 718 Cayman emphasises an even closer relationship with the 718 Boxster.

Apart from roof and tailgate, the two bodywork versions visually resemble each other more closely than ever before, with distinctive edges and clearly-defined formal contours as well as sporty details like the new exterior mirrors with a V-shaped mirror base.

The taut proportions of the all-new 718 Cayman and the prominent air intakes at the front and sides as well as its low side profile underscore the boost in dynamics. The front end exhibits a much more sculptural form, giving the vehicle a wider and more masculine appearance.

Reinforcing this effect are the narrow front lights above the lateral air intakes, which contain the parking lights and indicators.

The much larger cooling air intakes at the front are a prominent expression of the new turbo engine concept on the exterior.

Rounding off the front end are the Bi-Xenon headlights in their new design with integrated LED daytime running lights.

Viewed from the side, the wings and side sills are striking and add power to the silhouette of the car. The contouring on the doors are designed to direct headwind into the large intakes on either side of the car, feeding optimum levels of air to the new turbocharged engine to form the new foundations of the car’s forward thrust.

More cleanly-defined and pared back, the rear of the all-new 718 Cayman is an expression of superlative sporty performance.

Together with the new accent strip in high-gloss black, the lower profile of the rear wings emphasizes the horizontal width of this mid-engine sports car.

The completely redesigned slim tail-lights are distinguished by the three-dimensional detailing within them, which is visible through the clear glass.

The wing above extends automatically at a speed of 120km/h, reducing lift to provide even better road-holding performance.

Similarly, the interior of the all-new 718 Cayman is also designed and fully-geared for spirited performance, with a newly-designed instrument panel and dashboard that redefines the cockpit in addition to a host of other upgraded elements.

The new sports steering wheel is derived from the 918 Spyder – a motorsport detail in its purest form.

The optional GT sports steering wheel with its smaller diameter further enhances driver involvement. The cluster of three round instruments, with the rev counter positioned in the centre and flanked by a 4.6-inch colour screen, remains a mainstay feature of the familiar Porsche environment.

The carmaker’s refined ergonomics is also retained in the ascending centre console which shortens the reach between the steering wheel and the gear selector. The clear arrangement of function buttons saves critical seconds to allow the driver to focus on driving.

The latest generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a 7-inch multi-touchscreen is now included as standard, offering a variety of options for individualization, including optional Connect, Navigation, and Connect Plus modules.

The Connect module, for example, comprises a smartphone storage compartment for wireless connection of the smartphone to the car’s exterior antenna, an iPod-capable USB port on the centre console, and Apple CarPlay including voice control.

With the introduction of the turbocharged four-cylinder flat engine, the 718 Cayman with PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono Package can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.

The turbocharged engine results in considerably more torque in the low rpm range, while retaining the high rpm limit that still delivers the characteristically-powerful acoustics of a Porsche power unit.

Surprisingly, fuel consumption is also lowered.

Those looking for a more aggressive stance can tick the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) option to deliver a ten-millimetre lower ride height.

New and extended optional assistance systems are available in the new 718 Cayman model.

The optional cruise control system can now brake moderately when the pre-set speed is exceeded, such as when driving downhill. The Adaptive Cruise Control option features a coasting function in conjunction with the PDK transmission.

When driving in a queue of vehicles the clutches are disengaged, thus saving fuel with unpowered coasting.

The optional lane-departure warning assistant monitors traffic behind with radar and uses LED lamps in the left and right of the mirror triangles to warn the driver of approaching vehicles in the blind spot.

How much does the Porsche 718 Cayman 2.0-litre cost?

Accessibility when compared to a 911 is a winning point of the 2.0-litre Porsche 718 Cayman, priced at $116,000 (or as tested: $137,840) plus on-road costs.

  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder horizontally-opposed turbo-petrol RWD
  • Output: 220kW/380Nm
  • Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch auto
  • Fuel: 7.0L/100km (ADR Combined)
  • Tank: 64 litres
  • Dimensions mm: 4,379(L) 1,994(W) 1,295(H) 2,475(wheelbase)
  • CO2: 160g/km (ADR Combined)
  • Luggage capacity: 150/275L
  • Warranty: 3 years/unlimited kms, 3 year 24 hr roadside assist