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GTSpirit’s Porsche 718 Cayman Review



There’s quite a few people out there who dislikes the new 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman and would instantly turn their nose away from the car without even test driving one because of its turbocharged 2.5 litre engine with four cylinders. GTSpirit journalist Zaid Hamid used to be one of them until he test drove one at Malmö, Sweden.

Hamid was blown away by the 718 Cayman’s design and interior before he had a chance to get it moving. You won’t get as many features as an S Class Mercedes-Benz, but the quality is superb and the layout feels uncluttered and updated. For $69,500 the Cayman S is very well equipped.

As for how it drives, he does admit that the new 350 horsepower engine is missing a certain feeling that the naturally aspirated six cylinder 3.4 litre engine has but that doesn’t mean the 718 Cayman is worse than its predecessor. The car can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and that's with the manual gearbox and PDK Sport Chrono fitted.

Once that turbo kick in the car will feel incredibly fast and its precision steering helping him zip through Sweden’s coastal roads which are riddled with sweeping bends. Keeping the car planted in sharp turns is the large amount of traction that the Cayman S has.

Enthusiasts will most likely be unimpressed with the 718 Cayman’s sound and would prefer the more refined predecessor but downsized turbocharged engines are the way of the future and that’s something people will just have to get used to. If brands like Porsche and Ferrari are switching over, other may follow in time.

 

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The sound of it can always be changed. The amount of different exhaust systems and exhaust shops that can help you tune it to what you want to hear is insane. I think people need to take that aspect of it and not make it such a primary concern
 
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