From Doctor’s to Lawyer’s, it seems like every professional gets themselves a Porsche to show all the other doctors and lawyers how cool they are.  

Porsche has made some legendary vehicle from the original 718, 911, 918, 944 and so on.  In the spirit of giving history a nod, Porsche is bringing back the 718 name plate.

When I first heard of the 718 name being applied to the Boxster and the Cayman, I was initially confused.  What does 718 mean?  Why is the Boxster more expensive than the Cayman now?  A little research revealed the questions to my answers.

As for the 718 name, Porsche looked through the history books to the early 1960’s and late 50’s.  This is when the original 718 was created.  A revolutionary lightweight race car with forced induction.  This car series was wildly decorated, and it was clear what Porsche should do when  they created the first new 718 what they had to do.

In the industry spirit of down sizing engines and adding turbochargers to help with power, Porsche introduced the flat-four cylinder engine to the Boxster and Cayman for 2017.  So to make more marketing sense (I suppose) and to lessen the Porsche fans getting so angry over the smaller engines, Porsche tagged in the 718 name to make it sound more historical.

There is debate whether or not that was a good idea, but it is an interesting talking point.

As for the pricing, the new leadership that Porsche has decided that it would make more sense to price the convertible car above the hard top version, which is fair. For 2017, the Boxster is now more expensive than the Cayman.

The Specs-2017 Porsche Cayman:

 

Vehicle Type: Coupe
Power Plant: 2.5 L T 4-cyl
Gearbox: 7 speed auto/6 speed manual
Power: 300-350 HP
MPG: Up to 28 Highway/21 City 
Torque: 280 Lb-ft – 309 lb-ft.
Length: 172 Inches
Width: 79 Inches
Height: 51 Inches
Wheelbase: 97.4 Inches
Top Speed: 170 MPH
Seating: 2 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 4.5 seconds – 3.9 seconds
Base Price: $53,900

 

The Exterior-2017 Porsche Cayman:

2017 Porsche Cayman

In any case, Porsche designs their cars a bit more reserved than other super cars or sports cars in their price bracket.

Some claim one of the main reasons the Porsche 911 and its many variants are not super cars simply because the insanely fast 911 Turbo S looks so similar to the standard 911.  That may sound very shallow, but that is a reason many purchase other cars over the 911.  It simply doesn’t look the part (it clearly plays the part, though).

The 2017 Porsche Cayman does follow in Porsche’s history of conservative design, but it looks great wearing it.

The first thing I notice when looking at the front of the 2017 Porsche Cayman is the little split mustache it has with the LED secondary lights…Kind of hard to unsee now.

But the fron end looks great.  Very sporty and professional looking.  It’s more of a face value thing; You get what you get here.  I do like the shaping and athletic face.  Nothing too overbearing.

The same can’t be really said for the GT4, however.  That trim level adopts the new front bumper that is much more open and hungry looking.  My favorite variant.

2017 Cayman GT4

From the side, the 2017 Porsche Cayman has a very attractive design.  All of Porsche’s designs and silhouette’s seem to have the same general, bubbly shape.  But they all wear it in their own special way from the 911 to even the Macan.

The rear end is sleeker and more aggressively sloped down than the 911, which is something I like.  The re-worked tail of the 2017 Porsche Cayman is lovely.  Not too over designed, with slender eyes and perfectly placed dual exhaust tips.

Overall, the 2017 Porsche Cayman and GT4 are lovely.  This design will stick around for a while, and I do hope the new GT4 looks as great as the 2015 one.

The Interior-2017 Porsche Cayman:

2017 Porsche Cayman

Porsche’s interiors follow in suit with their reclusive exteriors.  This is a bit more of an issue though, as it is actually pretty difficult to tell apart Porsche’s models from the inside.

The Cayman, Boxster and 911 all have very similar insides for 2017.  While the interior is pretty, I’d like to see more variation.

As with every Porsche, you get a large center tunnel, traditional instrument cluster with large tach, and identical circular air vents.  While I’m all for the “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” mentality, there has to be some creativity.

In any case, the 2017 Porsche Cayman has a very driver focused interior.  It isn’t concerned with wood inserts or high end luxuries.  The only real concern is putting the driver into the best position to handle the task at hand: Driving.

Porsche has had some issues in the interior department (specifically with the 996 911) but they are evolving.

The Performance-2017 Porsche Cayman:

With the downgrade of the 4-cylinder engine, you’d imagine Porsche would have to dial back the power some.

But the 2017 Cayman actually produces 300 – 350 HP, which is similar (in some cases more) power compared to the flat sixes of yesteryear.

Plus, you get 28 miles per gallon on the highway in a Porsche.  If that’s not impressive I don’t know what is.

As expected, the GT4 is everything the regular car is, but dialed to 11.  With 385 horses, and a 0-60 at 4.0 seconds, the car is just insane.  Some point to it being one of the best cars ever made.

The 2017 Porsche Caymanmay have some turbo lag, but overall the car still performs fantastically.

Sum It Up:

The 2017 Porsche Cayman is a great car all the way through.  The car is now starting at just above $50,000 and is cheaper than the Boxster.  With the new four cylinder, some will be deterred, but the car is still, as I keep saying, fantastic.

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