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Entry-level Porsche 718 Cayman loses two cylinders, finds extra turn of speed

18 Oct 2017

SPORTSCARS are often about making headlines and achieving quick sales spurts before volume tapers. Think about a certain hot hatchback with Drift Mode or sports sedan claiming coupe-quick sub-4.5-second 0-100km/h times.

The 981-generation Boxster and Cayman have never needed to shout from the rooftops about marketing flashpoints and straight-line statistics, however, with those models effortlessly reigning as sportscar benchmarks since their 2012 release. But now their successors – wearing a new ‘718’ prefix in a nod to the four-cylinder 550 Spyder’s race-winning 1960s ways – might have to.

That is because the 718 Cayman and Boxster have ditched the 981’s 2.7- and 3.4-litre six-cylinder engines, replacing them with smaller but now-turbocharged 2.0- and 2.5-litre four-cylinder units. Power, torque, and performance are all up, while fuel consumption has fallen.

While such dot-points make for good headlines, can those on-paper triumphs be matched by a heightened on-road experience?

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Model release date: 1 November 2016

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