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Ever-stringent government fuel economy and CO2 emissions standards forced Porsche to downsize and turbocharge its entire range of engines. This meant that the marketing department leaned on the flat-four heritage of the 550 Spyder and 718 race cars, dubbing the internally-designated 982 Boxster and Cayman models as the 718. The MA2-based flat-fours of the base and S versions of the Cayman had more varied specifications than any of their predecessors. The 2.0-liter MA2/20 of the base model had a turbocharger with a conventional internal wastegate for boost control, while the 2.5-liter, 350-hp MA2/22 of the Cayman S had a variable turbine geometry turbocharger in addition to a conventional internal wastegate to reduce exhaust backpressure.
Porsche fans who missed the howl of a flat-six in a new mid-engined roadster collectively rejoiced with the introduction of the 718 Cayman GT4, which featured an MA2-derived, naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six, which generated 414 hp and revved to 8,000 rpm. This drivetrain reverted to the three-point mounting system of previous six-cylinder Caymans. As expected the Cayman GT4 was an absolutely perfect track-focused car that could also do daily chores if needed. Perhaps the most exciting car in the 982 Cayman generation was the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0. The old GTS used a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-4, and while it was a perfectly strong engine with lots of low-end torque, it lacked the personality and linear power delivery of a free-breathing flat-six. It didn't sound half as good, either. The GTS 4.0 was built to offer more performance and more grunt as well as a more aggressive design and all the good options included as standard. The new 4.0-liter engine was borrowed from the 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4, detuned to produce 394 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual is standard. The GTS 4.0 basically became the perfect daily sports car.
Porsche chassis engineers always find incremental improvements between generations of model lines, and the 982 was no exception. While the 982 was an evolution of the 981 design and shared most of its body and chassis construction and layout with its predecessor, there were optimizations in every area of the suspension system to improve response and feel. The 982 retained the three-link strut rear suspension design, which has been cited by the erstwhile Porsche engineer and 718/982 project manager August. Achleitner as one of the main engineering reasons that Porsche has never produced a true 911 rival based on the current mid-engine platform-there simply isn't room for a proper multi-link rear suspension design.
Note: We haven't lost our minds. We are classifying the 982 generation Cayman as the fourth generation Cayman on this website. We know it is technically the third generation of Cayman models. The reason is simple. The Cayman (project 987C) and the second generation Boxster roadster (project 987) shared the same mid-engine platform and many components. Since both the Boxster and Cayman have stated in lockstep since, it made sense to to align generation for the purposes of research. You will see the first generation Cayman referred to as the second generation Cayman throughout this site, likewise the second generation Cayman is called the third generation and so on. It keeps things much neater in following generations, like the current 982 generation.
982 Porsche 718 Cayman Basics
Type: 982 / Generation: Third Generation / Manufacturer: Porsche AG / Production Years: 2016 - Present / Model Years: 2017 - Present / Body Style: 2-Door Coupe / Layout: Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout / Engines: 2.0 L MA2.2 turbocharged flat-4, 2.5 L MA2.22 turbocharged flat-4, 4.0 L MDG naturally aspirated flat-6 / Transmission: 6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK / Official photos: 2016 Apr 24, GTS 4-cylinder 2017 Oct 18, GTS 6-cylinder 2020 Jan 16 / Premiere: 2016 April 25 at Auto China / Market launch: 2016 September, GTS 4-cylinder 2017 December, GTS 6-cylinder 2020 March
982 Porsche 718 Cayman Specs Summary
The move to turbocharged four-cylinder engines was upsetting to some Porsche fans, but the performance numbers proved to support it as the right decision. Power was up, torque was up (a lot) and the improvements on the road compared to the 981 Caymans were substantial.
|Specifications||718 Cayman (982)||718 Cayman S (982)||718 Cayman GTS (982)||718 Cayman T (982)||718 Cayman GT4 (982)||718 Cayman GTS 4.0 (982)|
|Model Years||2017 - Present||2017 - Present||2018 - 2021||2020 - Present||2020 - Present||2021 - Present|
|Layout||Mid-engined, RWD||Mid-engined, RWD||Mid-engined, RWD||Mid-engined, RWD||Mid-engined, RWD||Mid-engined, RWD|
|Chassis||Steel monocoque||Steel monocoque||Steel monocoque||Steel monocoque||Steel monocoque||Steel monocoque|
|Body||Mainly steel||Mainly steel||Mainly steel||Mainly steel||Mainly steel||Mainly steel|
|Length / width / height||4379 / 1801 / 1295 mm||4379 / 1801 / 1295 mm||4379 / 1801 / 1295 mm||4379 / 1801 / 1295 mm||4379 / 1801 / 1295 mm||4379 / 1801 / 1295 mm|
|Wheelbase||2475 mm||2475 mm||2475 mm||2475 mm||2475 mm||2475 mm|
|Engine Full||2.0 L Turbocharged Flat-4||2.5 L Turbocharged Flat-4||2.5 L Turbocharged Flat-4||2.0 L Turbocharged Flat-4||4.0 L Nat Aspirated Flat-6||4.0 L Nat Aspirated Flat-6|
|Capacity||1988 cc||2479 cc||2479 cc||1988 cc||3995 cc||3995 cc|
|Valve gears||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)||DOHC 24 valves, VVT (continuous Variocam)|
|Max power||296 bhp @ 6500 rpm||345 bhp @ 6500 rpm||360 bhp @ 6500 rpm||296 bhp @ 6500 rpm||414 bhp @ 7600 rpm||395 bhp @ 7800 rpm|
|Max torque||280 ft lbs @ 1950 rpm||310 ft lbs @ 1900 rpm||310 ft lbs @ 1900 rpm||280 ft lbs @ 1950 rpm||310 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm||310 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK||6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK||6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK||6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK||6-speed manual||6-speed manual, 7-speed PDK|
|Kerb weight||2,943 lbs (1335 kg)||3053 lbs (1385 kg)||3031 lbs (1375 kg)||3031 lbs (1375 kg)||3,199 lbs (1451 kg)||3031 lbs (1375 kg)|
|Top speed||171 mph||177 mph||180 mph||171 mph||187 mph||182 mph|
|0-60 mph (sec)||4.5 seconds||4.0 seconds||4.3 seconds||4.5 seconds||4.4 seconds||11.9 seconds|
|1/4 Mile (sec)||12.2 seconds||11.9 seconds||11.9 seconds||12.2 seconds||N/A||N/A|
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