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By Jonathan Crouch
Porsche's junior coupe is better than ever. Start saving. Jonathan Crouch checks out the 718 Cayman S.
Ten Second Reviewword count: 55
The Porsche Cayman has evolved. This 718 version may now only have four cylinders but it's now a faster and more efficient thing: that much was predictable. It's also become far better looking than before and steps up to the plate to become possibly Porsche's most rounded sports car. Especially in 350bhp Cayman S form.
Backgroundword count: 160
Despite Porsche making more money out of Cayenne SUVs these days, the lifeblood of the company remains the 911 sports coupe. It embodies fifty years of history and development, and offers all the evidence you need of the company's engineering nous. The 911 is Porsche. But is it the best Porsche sports coupe? That's a question that has been rumbling in the background for some time and will come under increasing scrutiny in the light of this 718 Cayman model. Here, the exemplary handling balance of the brand's entry-level model has been enhanced by a body almost twice as stiff, enough to make this car the darling of the red mist brigade in the motoring press, if not as strong a seller as its maker would like. Some typically premium Porsche pricing aside, we're looking for this car's Achilles heel. So far, we haven't really found it. Let's check out the top 2.5-litre 718 Cayman S version in more detail.
Driving Experienceword count: 177
The original Porsche Cayman was quick to cement its reputation as a brilliant driver's car, albeit one that many suspected was always held back from its true potential in order to protect the more profitable 911's sales. This time round, the shackles have been loosed a little further. How much? Well, the 2.0-litre entry level engine now puts out 300bhp while the 2.5-litre Cayman S we look at here develops 350bhp. As before, both engines feature direct injection for improved efficiency. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard although most customers now fork out a couple of grand extra to get the seven-speed PDK double clutch transmission. This features updated software for quicker and smoother shifts. Thus equipped, a Cayman S will detain you for just 4.2 seconds from 0-62mph and will keep going to 177mph. It's now a properly quick car. The long wheelbase of the Cayman promises good ride quality while the wide front track offers tenacious grip. Like the latest 911s, this generation model an efficient electro mechanical steering set-up developed by ZF.
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