The 718 Boxster’s hard top sibling, the 2017 718 Cayman, has made an appearance at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show and it’s sporting new turbocharged engines along with a fresh new look.
Like the Boxster, the 718 Cayman’s naturally aspirated flat-six engine has been replaced with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-4 and the base trim is capable of producing 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. If you want a bit more power, go for the 718 Cayman S. Equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-4, this sportier trim can push out 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque.
Both trims have a six-speed manual transmission as standard or, buyers can go with the optional six-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. Either way, power will be directed to the vehicle’s rear wheels and the Cayman may actually have better handling and be faster than the Boxster.
The 718 Cayman will probably weigh less without the folding to and everything needed to move the contraption. With a stationary hard top and reduced weight, it will have a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds for the base model and 4.0 seconds for the S trim, 0.4 seconds faster than the Boxster and Boxster S.
Porsche says the 718 Cayman and Cayman S will hit U.S. showroom floors this November with prices starting at $53,900 for the base model and $66,300 for the S model.