07 Dec Porsche 718 Cayman Part 2 Driving Television
By Lacey Elliott
ON THE ROAD
New for 2017, Porsche now offers two turbocharged flat four-cylinder engines. The base 2.0L engine with 300hp or the larger ’S’ designation with the 2.5L engine boasting an impressive 350hp. My Cayman for the week is just the 2.0L. There was, however, nothing simple or substandard about this car. Powerful, quick and responsive – the engine left nothing to be desired.
Choosing between the 6-speed manual or the PDK transmissions however would be my biggest struggle. I do get excited about having some fun with this stick. However, since the extent of my driving this week is just running errands running a few errands, the optional seven-speed twin-clutch (PDK) gearbox would have been appreciated. As much as I enjoy the razzing (particularly from my male counterparts) when I mention that I prefer an automatic, the PDK actually offers faster acceleration and better fuel economy than the manual gearbox.
I must call out the ladies at this point as well. Driving with high heels is never ideal but I know that most women out there do it. If you are considering buying this car, the PDK will bring you all the enjoyment you need. No second pair of driving shoes required.
The handling of this Porsche is of course exquisite, and it starts with the steering, which was incredibly crisp. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) are both available options to improve the overall vehicle dynamics. While continuously adjusting the damping to account for both road conditions and driving style, the PASM provides improved grip and comfort. The body roll of the car was almost nonexistent. The PTV adds adaptive damping and lowers the ride height to make the car feel more balanced.
With a proven racing pedigree, it’s hard to believe that the skilled engineers are giving thought to the car being a daily driver, and not just a track toy. And so as with most Porsches, the visibility out the rear glass is not the best, and it’s made even worse with a passenger is squeezed in the back seat.
SAFETY & TECHNOLOGY
An abundance of safety features come standard. The body shell features high strength steel and Boron steel safety structures. Porsche Side Impact Protection, thorax and head airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters are included, just to name a few.
For the driver’s comfort, this Cayman was comes sport seats, a sport steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Sound Package that included eight loudspeakers. And to aid in the confidence this car provides its driver, there are LED tail lights with intergraded four-point brake indicators, and a speed activated rear spoiler. Essentially, the spoiler deploys automatically when the car gets above 80km/h and retracts when the car slows to below that same speed. It looks great, but did you know that this rear spoiler improves driving stability at high speeds? Form and function, at its finest.
The base price for the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman starts at $61,500 while the Cayman S starts at $75,600,
This would not be my first choice for a daily driver. It is a gorgeous ,amazing car that I have nothing bad to say about. It would be incredibly enjoyable for road trips that include long, twisty highway driving or the rare moments you could let her loose on a race track.