THE ALL-NEW PORSCHE 718 CAYMAN ARRIVES IN SINGAPORE
30 October 2016
Dynamic. Agile. Athletic. Powerful. For the sport of it.
Text/Photo: Porsche Centre Singapore
Singapore. Three months after the launch of the long-anticipated 718 Boxster, Porsche Centre Singapore finally completes its family of two-door mid-engined sports cars with the debut of the all-new 718 Cayman.
Launched to great fanfare in an exclusive media event at Porsche Centre Singapore, the all-new 718 Cayman was unveiled by Porsche brand ambassador and World Number One in professional women’s tennis – Angelique Kerber.
Just like the 718 Boxster, the all-new 718 Cayman is named after the Porsche 718 race car, an iconic champion that delivered countless podium finishes in the 1960s, many of them against considerable odds. Beneath the hood of the all-new 718 Cayman lies a heart that beats with the same fighting spirit as the legendary Porsche 718, and in it lives the same will to break with standards that inspires as much conviction as Kerber’s constant quest for excellence in her game.
The Porsche 718 model series is a continuation of the proven four-cylinder concept and 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 more power output combined with better fuel economy. The 718 Cayman delivers 300hp from 2 litres of engine displacement, and the sportier S model develops 350hp from 2.5 litres of displacement.
“We are honored to welcome our Porsche brand ambassador Angelique Kerber to Singapore, and are looking forward to witnessing her performance at the 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Just like Kerber, the all-new 718 Cayman is an impressive champion. It is strikingly dynamic, effortlessly agile, sharply athletic, and remarkably powerful—all the qualities that Kerber has displayed on her journey to World Number One in professional women’s tennis. It is therefore a true pleasure to have her unveil our latest model, the 718 Cayman, here in Singapore, thus completing the Porsche 718 model series,” said Karsono Kwee, Executive Chairman of Eurokars Group.
“Every legend has its beginning, and this particular one was born as the Porsche 718 back in 1953. The original Porsche 718 was built with a simple but daring plan in mind—to win on the racetrack. And that it did with confidence as it claimed over a thousand racing victories everywhere by the mid-1960s, from the Targa Florio to Le Mans. The legend is now back. The 718 Cayman expands the range of the 718 mid-engine sports car series, carrying on the fighting spirit of the original Porsche 718 with inspired pride and fierce conviction. For the first time, the price positioning of the hard-top two-seater models is below convertibles with a more distinctive design, a re-engineered chassis and the current generation of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system,” said Martin Limpert, Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific.
About the all-new 718 Cayman
Low, wide, and sleek, the exterior design of the all-new 718 Cayman emphasises the even closer relationship with the 718 Boxster. Apart from roof and tailgate, the two bodywork versions visually resemble each other even 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 purposefully directs headwind into the large air intakes on either side of the car, which provides the optimum supply of air to the new turbocharged engines and form the basis for their powerful 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-engined sports car. The completely redesigned slim taillights are distinguished by the three-dimensional technology 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 roadholding performance.
Similarly, the interior of the all-new 718 Cayman is also designed and fully-geared for sporty performance, with a newly-designed instrument panel and dashboard that redefine the cockpit in addition to a host of other upgraded elements.
The new sports steering wheel is derived from the 918 Spyder—motorsport in its purest form. The optional GT sports steering wheel with its smaller diameter further enhances the cockpit feel. 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 characteristic feature of the familiar Porsche environment. Excellent ergonomics, always a crucial part of Porsche interiors, is retained in the ascending centre console, which shortens the reach between the steering wheel and the gear selector. The clear arrangement of function buttons also saves time and allows 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 individualisation, 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 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. A 718 Cayman S with comparable equipment completes this sprint in 4.2 seconds. The top speed of the 718 Cayman is 275 km/h, and the 718 Cayman S can reach a speed of 285 km/h.
The new 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 horizontally-opposed unit. Fuel consumption is also consequently lowered as a result. Available as an option is Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with a ten-millimetre lower ride height. The PASM sport chassis with a 20-millimetre lower ride height is additionally available as an option for the 718 Cayman S.
New and extended optional assistance systems are now available in the all-new 718 Cayman models. 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 now has 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 about approaching vehicles in the blind spot.
Retail prices of the all-new 718 Cayman
718 Cayman from SGD 253,988*
718 Cayman S from SGD 311,788*
*Prices include a 5-year free maintenance and warranty program, market-specific equipment, GST and CEVS fees/rebates but exclude COE. It covers all servicing needs as well as maintenance and repair costs, including regular wear and tear. Prices are subjected to change without prior notice. Terms & conditions apply.
718 Cayman: combined fuel consumption 7.0 l/100 km, urban 9.1 l/100 km, non-urban 5.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 160 g/km
718 Cayman S: combined fuel consumption 7.4 l/100 km, urban 9.6 l/100 km, non-urban 6.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 169 g/km