The Porsche 718 Cayman S is almost great
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The Porsche 718 Cayman S is almost great

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[SOUND] [MUSIC] Now this is a familiar shape, isn't it? It's a Porsche Cayman. It comes with two seats, two places to put your luggage, a Porsche badge on its nose, and an engine in the middle. But this isn't any old Cayman, it's the newest one. And that means its engine comes with turbo power and four cylinders. Like the Boxster before it, the Cayman has been given a new heart and a little bit of a going over. Now for the first time, both the Boxster and the Cayman share not only the same engine, but the same power output. Which means the Cayman is no super than the Boxster. That's odd to me because when the Cayman was introduced in 2005, it was the more expensive and powerful of the two. The Boxster was your entry-level car while the Cayman was the slightly more grown-up one. The power difference also created a nice bridge to the 911. I think it looks awesome. It's my favorite design of all the Caymans, Cay-men, whatever. I liked it. The second generation Cayman, yeah, it was The look of it is a bit bigger, a bit more Tonka-truck-y. But this, I do like what Porsche has done. The new front end really sharpens it up and from there backwards. It's very familiar but still different. It's just that little bit sleeker, that little bit sharper. I will say this though, that black band along the back with the Porsche name logo thing in it, looks a bit naft doesn't it? Now the engine. You get a 2 liter turbo in the base car, or a 2.5 liter turbo in the S, this one. The power from the S is 345 horse power and 310 pound-foot, 34 horse power and 44 pound-foot more than old and naturally aspirated car. Naught to 62 with the PDK and sport chrono pack takes just 4.2 seconds. That's fast. The same as a Carrera 911 in Sport Plus, apparently. And it's top speed is 177 miles an hour. The new 718 Cayman is more efficient than the car it replaces as well. 12 MPG is approaching 40. And it's in its less than 200 grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide. That'll be thanks to the smaller motor and turbo boost, of course. Now like the Boxster before it, the Cayman's been given some To under the skin work as well. The steering is 10% more direct. No idea how you measure that, but okay. The chassis has been fiddled with, there are firmer springs, reaching dampers, stiffened anti roll bars. And the rear wheels are half an inch wider. Then you start [UNKNOWN] toys, and there are so many to choose from. So this full [UNKNOWN] which everybody get It's because it gives you lots of things to play with, the you can get Porsche torque vectoring which gives you a mechanical differential and torque vectoring, and in the S you can expect something called [UNKNOWN] sports, which lowers the car's right hind By 20 mill, giving it a sportier edge and making it just that little bit better, than cars without it. But on top of all that, the 718 Cayman S, well that gets the brakes from the 911. Which means we only gonna get to 62 pretty much as quick. It also stops from 62 pretty much as quick as well. Now many people who said that the Baxter sounds terrible But the flat-6 Howell's absence is a huge deal, and I have to admit it was a massive part of the Cayman's charm. The Cayman GT4, for example, one of the best cars of 2015, not only went well but it sounded amazing. So now it's time for a small comparison. Here's the Cayman GT4 on song. [NOISE] And here's the new 718 Caman S. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] I don't get what Porsche was thinking. Someone let this out of the factory and went yes, that is a sound that we want heard all over the world. Lot's of people buy boxes and cables so lets let. Sounds like that then everyone can hear how great we are. Why? Why? You spoil something so good. It spoiled it. So we're gonna do Rather like the Boxster. He liked it quite a bit, in fact. However, he also loved the first generation Porsche Panamera. I'll just leave that thought with you and you can make of that what you will. So what we have to decide really is how does the 718 Cayman S, Cayman drive? What's it like? We'll start off with the steering. Porsche's made it 10% more direct. And I've been putting Around those Swedish roads. And it turns out Sweden doesn't like corners, so the few bends I have had to play with, it does feel really, really good. [INAUDIBLE] But it's smooth, it's direct, it's sharp. You can tell where the front end is, and you can adjust it ever so slightly. It handles beautifully. It really does, the speed of it, the pace of it, the feel of it, I thoroughly enjoy it. I've Always had a bit of a love hate relationship with Boxster's [UNKNOWN] gear boxes. But this, it's a decent [UNKNOWN]. It's quite notchy, but [UNKNOWN] direct. Yes, it may be twisty roads or just get on it down a bit straight thing. And it feels This with a 3D cam. I think we're seeing a little bit wrong cuz you loose that connection to the car and that's what cars like this are all about. You know they're sports cars. They're supposed to be man and machine etc. Throttle response now With this new engine there is a little bit of turbo, you do feel it. But once you get it above two and a halfish RPMs then the car really comes into it's own. You get so much boot with fire down the road. You stopshift the throttle and off you go. It's [UNKNOWN] Now the interior, I think, is great. The entertainment system works really well, I was playing with [UNKNOWN] a while ago and it works, it's really good, Porsche's nailed this. The old system was a little bit slow and a little bit janky and it was okay. Now though, it [UNKNOWN], it works really well. I can also see out of it remarkably well. The wing mirrors are massive. There's not a lot of vis through the rearview mirror, but there isn't any way cuz it's quite a compact car. The last Cayman felt really big. It felt really chunky. I felt really small in it, but this Is the design. But I do feel a lot more like a normal sized human in this. I certainly didn't before. It's hard to top this thing. It's a truly outstanding car, bar the noise. Bar the bloody awful noise. Even if the 718 was the best car on the planet, I'd still have a problem with it. And that's it's name. You see I get that the Panamera got it's name from a race, the Targa as well but 718, renaming two cars that already had perfectly good names because they have a similar engine layout to a race car from a lifetime ago, that just strikes me as silly. Is it simply because they wanted to remind everyone of the 718 Racer or is it something else? It was about Porsche was scared of losing some of it's rep with this new engine configuration, so they didn't even give- That came in the box to add shown, they just hid them away and gave the new car the new name. Box in the came in they call it easy name to remember to say, what's the best? That whoever buys one of these, or a 718 box set, won't ever use the 718 bit of the name. So it's got a silly name and it sounds distinctly 'un-Porsche-ish.' But, it goes like stink and doesn't look too bad at all. It's also cheaper than the car it used to be more expensive than. And the top wack car is less than 50,000 pounds. It's a lot for a two and a half liter four-part, but the numbers made up for it. [MUSIC] The 713 Cayman Airsore, Cayman Airsore, just Cayman, is in nearly every way a better car than the one that preceded it. The last one was awesome, it was good fun, this one is just better. It's sharper, it's tauter, it's faster, it's better for the environment, but that noise [NOISE], that's the one thing that killed it. But to me, the most important thing about a car really is the noise it makes. Because you can't go flat out everywhere. If it were me, if it were my money, and I was offered the choice between this and going on a classified site and looking for a used Cayman S, that's where I'd be going because the noise, its the biggest downside of it. Hopefully the next generation- We'll fix that, but for now it's so nearly one of the best things ever. But not quite. [MUSIC]

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