Excitement builds as production gets underway on the latest in line of the Porsche 718 legacy…

The words ‘entry-level’ and Porsche aren’t often found in the same sentence, but as production begins on the new 718 Cayman in Germany, so builds the anticipation and speculation surrounding the release of the super-car company’s latest ‘base model’.

So what can we expect from the 718 Cayman, due for release at the end of the month? Porsche promises “increased power and efficiency, sharpened design” and a sound that’s “typically Porsche” from the mid-engine sport coupé that continues the legacy of the 718 era.

All In The Looks

In terms of design, the Cayman has been described as “sharp, snappy and clean – inside and out” by its European makers with a wider rear end and accent trim, newly-styled cockpit and an extended range of paint colours and fabric swatches. The new cars will be fitted as standard with 18inch alloy wheels (19inch for the S version) with the option of two rim designs and an upgrade of 20inch forms if requested.

Protect The Planet

For the environmentally conscious, the latest addition to the 718 family promises around 14 percent less harmful emissions that its predecessors, more efficient use of fuel – due to Porsche’s self-proclaimed “intelligent lightweight construction” plus environmentally-friendly water-based paints and an estimate that 95 percent of the materials used to manufacture the Cayman (and the Boxster for that matter) are fully recyclable and even easier to separate for recycling.

Under The Hood

The Cayman offers a brand new designed 2l, 300hp engine with 35 percent more torque and a driving flexibility and agility of up to 380 Newton metres. All of this, combined with Porsche’s trademarked Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch transmission and its Sport Chrono Package (designed to enhance response and driving pleasure) produce a top speed of 275kmph (170mph) with an acceleration speed of zero to 100kmph (62mph) in just over five seconds.

The 718 Cayman S model, by comparison, includes a variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbocharger, a 2.5l engine, 350hp, 420 Newton metres of torque and a top speed of 285kmph (177mph). Not bad at all.

The Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S market launch is scheduled for September 24, 2016.

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