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Porsche reveals the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche reveals the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

Last year, Porsche unveiled the new 718 Boxster, borrowing from the nostalgia bin to highlight the car's new turbocharged flat-four engine. The 718 Cayman, the forth iteration of the sports coupe, features a new cleaner more planted look.

Mechanically identical to the soft-top, the Cayman uses a four-cylinder turbocharged "boxer" engine that produces 296bhp.

In base trim, the standard Cayman comes with a 300 horsepower, 2.0 liter version of the engine, while the upmarket Cayman S get a more powerful 350 horsepower, 2.5 liter unit.

Gearbox choices continue to include a standard six-speed manual unit and an optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic.

As with most Porsches, achieving the highest performance requires ordering both the PDK transmission and the optional Sport Chrono package.

The 718 Cayman S boasts respective figures of 4.2 seconds and 177 miles per hour (285 km/h), some 0.5 seconds and 3 miles per hour (5 km/h) faster than its 6-cyl. predecessor.

The new 718 Cayman brings with it another first for the lineup. Like the 718 Boxster, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with a 10 mm lower ride height (20 mm lower in the S) is available as well.

Porsche reveals the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

Both the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S have quite a bit more torque, too.

The Sport Chrono Package also adds a new Individual driving mode (to the existing Normal, Sport and Sport Plus).

That price is interesting because it reverses the previous Boxster-Cayman convention by making the Cayman the cheaper of the two - as per the 911 pricing strategy (and virtually every other convertible that's based on a fixed top production model.) It also means that the price uplift from the outgoing Cayman to this one is minuscule - just £184 in the case of the base model. The rear's all new, with a strong accent strip marked by a large Porsche badge, as well as new taillights.

Visually, the 718 Cayman adopts a wider front end with larger air intakes.

Brakes are also upgraded, to 330mm front and 299mm rear discs from the old Cayman S, while the S borrows four-piston callipers and 6mm-thicker rotors from the 911 Carrera. The 718 Cayman benefits from the 918 Spyder design sport steering wheel, new air vents, and extensive connectivity options. Viewed from the side, the new sport coupé reveals its striking wings and side sills.

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The 2017 718 Cayman range is scheduled to arrive in showrooms in late November. The 718 Cayman has a starting MSRP of $53,900, and the 718 Cayman S starts at $66,300, excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee.

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