For the first time since the launch of the Porsche Cayman, it’s the Boxster drop top that will become the more expensive variant, and the Porsche 718 Cayman that will become the most affordable Porsche on the market.
Last week the Porsche 718 Cayman coupe was unveiled, three months after it’s convertible cousin. The 718 Cayman takes the form of the 718 Boxster, but with a fixed roof, and both models are now aligned under the same number plate. The biggest change over the outgoing Cayman is the arrival of turbocharged power, dropping the boxer six cylinders for turbo fours. In place of the 2.7 and 3.4 litre sixes the new 718 Cayman will offer a choice of either a 2.0 litre (221kW) unit in the base model, and a 2.5 litre (257kW) powertrain in the S Model, with both engines producing 18 extra kW on their predecessors. Porsche has also refreshed the interior, retuned the suspension, tightened the steering rack, widened the rear wheels, and enlarged the brakes.
Australian deliveries are set to commence at the end of 2016, shortly after the Boxster, with pricing starting at $110,300 for the base model, and $140,600 for the 718 Cayman S.