It’s almost a given that Porsche will do the same things to its fixed-roof Cayman that it will to its drop-top Boxster. Last year, Porsche unveiled the new 718 Boxster, borrowing from the nostalgia bin to highlight the car‘s new turbocharged flat-four engine. Now, those changes are coming to the Cayman, and the result is the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S.
The biggest change, as with the 718 Boxster, is the introduction of two new engines. The standard 718 Cayman will come with a 2.0-liter flat-four engine, good for 300 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque and a 4.5-second 0-60mph time. The hotter Cayman S packs a 2.5-liter four-banger with 350 horsepower, 309 torques and a 0-60 time of 4 seconds flat.
The 718 Cayman’s also rocking a new look, same as the Boxster. The front fascia is slimmer, with new headlights and enlarged air intakes. The rear’s all new, with a strong accent strip marked by a large Porsche badge, as well as new taillights.
The rear wheels are 0.5 inches wider than before, for improved traction. Both cars receive upgraded brakes, too — the Cayman uses former Cayman S brakes, and the Cayman S uses modified 911 Carrera parts. There are also a wealth of performance options on tap, including Porsche Torque Vectoring and the brand’s adaptive suspension system.
Inside, the 718 Cayman features a new upper dashboard, new air vents and a steering wheel similar to the 918 Spyder’s. Porsche’s PCM touchscreen infotainment system is standard, and it can be optioned out to include navigation, Apple CarPlay, Google Earth and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
While the 718 Cayman and Cayman S are technically on sale right now, deliveries won’t begin until late November. Pricing starts at $53,900 for the 718 Cayman, and $66,300 for the 718 Cayman S.