|Also called||Porsche 718 Boxster |
Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche 718 Spyder
|Designer||Peter Varga (2015)|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||2.0 L MA2.20 turbocharged flat-4|
2.5 L MA2.22 turbocharged flat-4
3.8 L MA1.24 naturally aspirated flat-6
4.0 L Porsche MDG naturally aspirated flat-6
|Wheelbase||Boxster: 2,475 mm (97.4 in)|
Cayman: 2,475 mm (97.4 in)
|Length||Boxster: 4,379 mm (172.4 in)|
Cayman: 4,379 mm (172 in)
|Width||Boxster: 1,801 mm (70.9 in)|
Cayman: 1,801 mm (70.9 in)
|Height||Boxster: 1,281 mm (50.4 in)|
Cayman: 1,295 mm (51 in)
2,944 lb (1,335 kg) (manual), 3,010 lb (1,370 kg) (PDK)
~1,497 kg (3,300 lb)
The Porsche 982 is the internal designation of the fourth generation Boxster/Cayman made by Porsche. With the switch to a new turbocharged flat-four engine the marketing name for the models was changed to Porsche 718, in reference to the Porsche 718, which won the Targa Florio race in 1959 and 1960. The name is meant to evoke Porsche's past racing successes with light cars like the 718 that outmanoeuvred competitors with larger and more powerful engines.
718 Boxster and 718 Cayman
The 718 Boxster was introduced in January 2016, and premiered at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The 718 Cayman joined the range in April at the Beijing Motor Show. The 718 featured two new horizontally-opposed flat-4 turbocharged engines at 2.0L (Boxster/Cayman) and 2.5L (Boxster S/Cayman S) 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 2.5 liter engines upgraded to produce 361 bhp (269 kW; 366 PS). The Boxster could reach 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill in 4.1 seconds, and the Cayman in 3.9 seconds.
The exterior of the 718 Boxster and Cayman is very similar to the third generation, 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 / Boxster 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 / Boxster 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 / Boxster was assessed to be mechanically superior to the 981 model with improved acceleration and steering, while the new 4 cylinder 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."
By far, the most contentious reaction to the 718 Cayman was the sound of the engine - which received nearly universal criticism by the automotive press. Car and Driver called it a, "raspy, uncouth sound that strikes some drivers as unpleasant and grating." Top Gear noted that the sound, "fundamentally cheapens the Porsche experience," and make the car, "less upmarket, less cultured and sophisticated than it did before." However, Motor Trend's Ignition tested the 718 Cayman against the 981 Cayman GT4, and found that the performance gains were so strong the car had the capability to outmanoeuvre the GT4 at a much lower price. They concluded that the tradeoff was probably worth it.
The 718 GTS variant of the Cayman and Boxster was released to generally positive reviews. Visually, the front headlight and rear taillights were smokey black, and an aggressive front sports fascia was added. Performance upgrades included Porsche Sports Exhaust, a Sports Chrono Package, Porsche Stability Management were all added as standard features. By expanding the air intake, the 718 GTS has an additional 15 horsepower and even more torque than the 718 S. In addition, carmine red was added as a color as a $2580 option. Used in most of Porsche advertising with the GTS, the color is darker than Porsche Guards Red, and very similar to the Italian racing color used by Ferrari, Rosso Corsa.
Many reviewers, including New York Times contributor Tom Voelk, noted that the 718 GTS had a much more pleasing sound than the base 718 and the 718 S. “One of the biggest complaints of the 718 is that its turbo 4 engine doesn’t have the distinctive sound that the outgoing 6 cylinder had,” said Voelk. “But the 718 GTS sounds much better. It has different intakes and a larger turbo.” The sound of the 718 GTS engine has much more prominent bass frequencies, which contrast with a strong treble pitch of the turbocharger.
However, Evo magazine argues that, while "capable of challenging the 911 as a true sports car", the "718 version of the GTS doesn't really achieve anything more than the Cayman GTS it replaces" and "with its more desirable engine, it's the previous model that feels more exotic and like a much higher quality product." It describes the GTS' engine as "a nasty sounding motor", the noise from the turbo four-cylinder in the cabin as "dreadful" and "tuneless drivel" and contests that "the only redeeming feature of the 718 GTS sonically is that this is probably the quietest iteration of this motor".
718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder
The Cayman GT4 and Spyder (previously named the Boxster Spyder) were revealed in June 2019. Both are differentiated from less powerful models by more aggressive bodywork, including a lower stance, new front bumper, a large new diffuser, and exhaust pipes that are spaced farther apart, although the wing and larger side intakes are only featured on the GT4. The GT4's adjustable wing helps it generate up to 150 kg (330 lb) of downforce, 50 percent more than its predecessor. Both have a naturally aspirated 4 liter flat-6 derived from the 992's 3 liter 9A2EVO engine, which produces 420 PS (309 kW; 414 bhp) at 7600 rpm and 420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft) of torque at 5000–6800 rpm. The engine has cylinder deactivation, a first for Porsche, and is exclusively paired to a six-speed manual. Porsche claims a top speed 304 km/h (189 mph) for the GT4, while the Spyder can hit 301 km/h (187 mph). The front suspension and brakes are borrowed from the 911 GT3, and the adaptive dampers, ABS and stability-control programming are borrowed from the 911 GT3 RS. The anti-roll bar end links, camber and toe can be manually adjusted, but the ride height–3 cm (1.2 inches) lower than a standard 718–is fixed. Both are around 90.7 kg (200 lbs) heavier than the GTS models. Both will go on sale in the spring of 2020; the Spyder will start at $97,550 while the GT4 will start at $100,450.
|Year||Engine||Power||Torque||Transmission (gears)||0–100 km/h (60 mph)||Top speed||CO|
|2016||2.0L (1988 cc)||221 kW (300 PS; 296 bhp)||380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft)||Manual (6)||5.1 seconds (4.9)||275 km/h (171 mph)||168 g/km|
|PDK (7)||4.9 seconds (4.7)||275 km/h (171 mph)||158 g/km|
|PDK Sport Chrono (7)||4.7 seconds (4.5)||275 km/h (171 mph)||158 g/km|
|2.5L (2497 cc)||257 kW (349 PS; 345 bhp)||420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft)||Manual (6)||4.6 seconds (4.4)||285 km/h (177 mph)||184 g/km|
|PDK (7)||4.4 seconds (4.2)||285 km/h (177 mph)||167 g/km|
|PDK Sport Chrono (7)||4.2 seconds (4.0)||285 km/h (177 mph)||167 g/km|
|2017||2.5L (2497 cc)||269 kW (366 PS; 361 bhp)||430 N⋅m (317 lb⋅ft)||Manual (6)||4.6 seconds (4.4)||290 km/h (180 mph)||205 g/km|
|PDK (7)||4.3 seconds (TBA)||290 km/h (180 mph)||186 g/km|
|PDK Sport Chrono (7)||4.1 seconds (3.9)||290 km/h (180 mph)||186 g/km|
|2019||3.8L (3800 cc)||313 kW (426 PS; 420 bhp)||425 N⋅m (313 lb⋅ft)||Manual (6)||? seconds||? g/km|
|2019||4.0L (3995 cc)||309 kW (420 PS; 414 bhp)||420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft)||Manual (6)||4.4 seconds||304 km/h (189 mph)||251 g/km|
718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport
On 3 January 2019 the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport was unveiled in two variants, Competition and Trackday, with first customer cars delivered to customer teams ahead of the 2019 Roar Before the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway. The race car is powered by a 3.8-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine producing 425 PS (419 bhp; 313 kW) at 7,500 rpm and 425 N⋅m (313 lb⋅ft) at 6,600 rpm connected to a 6-speed PDK gearbox. The kerb weight is 1,320 kg (2,910 lb). Both variants feature a welded-in roll cage, a six-point harness and race bucket seat, a selection of body parts made of natural-fibre composite materials, the front suspension from the 911 GT3 Cup, racing brakes, lightweight forged wheels and slick tyres. Aerodynamics are improved over the previous generation GT4 Clubsport, including a swan neck mount rear wing. The Competition variant features 3-way adjustable shock absorbers, a 115-litre fuel cell, brake balance adjustment, a lightweight battery, a fire extinguishing system, a quick release steering wheel from the 911 GT3 R and a three-piston air jack system while the Trackday variant features fixed shock absorbers, a 80-litre fuel cell and a handheld fire extinguisher instead.
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