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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman: Face of an angel, voice of indigestion

The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S sure is pretty, but man does it sound bad. And it has a silly name.

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Meet the new Porsche 718 Cayman. The 718 bit of the name comes from races car from the early days of Porsche.

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They, like the new Cayman, have four-cylinder engines and go rather quickly.

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That's about all the two have in common though.

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The new Cayman gets a sharper look to it. Most notably its nose.

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Apparently it's almost completely new. Parts like the roof carry over from the old car, but that's about it.

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Even the door handles are new.

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The rear is rather fine, save for the black strip with 'PORSCHE' written across it. That looks a touch tacky.

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The main story here is the engine - it's a four-cylinder turbo. In the S you get 2.5-liters to play with, the non-S gets 2.0.

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Power is up for both models, the S getting 345bhp and 310lb-ft. 0-62mph, in a car with the PDK auto and Sport Chrono fitted, takes 4.2 seconds. That's as quick as a base 911.

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Feeling brave? The S will hit 177mph if you've got the space.

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The car rides wonderfully in normal mode, but flip a switch and it turns MEAN.

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The throttle becomes more agressive, steering heavier and all-round wonderful. Apart from one thing...

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It sounds dreadful. The old howl is gone, replaced by a din that's unpleasant at any speed.

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A shame, because one of the reasons for buying a sports car is the sound it makes.

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And because you've got a closed off roof, there's no way to escape it. You're tapped in the cabin with it. Or... is it trapped in the cabin with you?

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The stick shift is fantastic. As they go, it's up there for fun. The PDK is, well, a Porsche double clutch auto. So... awesome!

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Inside you now get a seven-inch touch screen interface with Apple CarPlay. It's slick and works really well.

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Though you don't have to use the touch screen if you don't want to. There are buttons glore to play with.

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There's loads of luggage space as well. Both the trunk and the frunk are room enough for a surprisingly large amount of stuff.

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The extra power is good, the ergonimics are great, and the handling sublime...

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...but will the noise put people off? Will there be a spike in used Cayman values?

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Time will tell...

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