Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, has announced the arrival of the new, stronger and sportier 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S with an exclusive launch event at the contemporary Kuwaiti fine-dining destination Dar Hamad. The entirely redeveloped mid-engined sport coupé was showcased to existing customers and enthusiasts at a venue especially chosen for its aligned history. The Dar Hamad restaurant perfectly balances its own history where classic design and Kuwaiti heritage are matched with a modern ambiance and exceptional hospitality.
The new 718 Cayman boasts more power, increased torque, a higher top speed and a stylish redesign and follows the traditional four-cylinder, mid-engine approach implemented in Porsche’s infamous 718 race cars of the 1950s and 1960s.
Commenting on the arrival of the new 718 Cayman, Roger Kyriacou, General Manager of Porsche Centre Kuwait, said: “The extraordinary new 718 Cayman carries forward a history which is rare in the automotive industry. With such a vast redevelopment, the car has been elevated to another level in terms of power, performance and design. The new Cayman is incredible and needs to be driven in order to comprehend the dramatic changes, resulting in the sportiest mid-engine sports car coupé Porsche has ever built.”
He added: “In order to match the magnitude of the model and its arrival in Kuwait, we chose Dar Hamad as our venue, showcasing a similar legacy, one shaped by modernisation with a focus on history and heritage.”
Driven by a newly developed 2-litre, 300 hp engine with innovative turbocharging, the base model 718 Cayman features a significant increase in power and efficiency as well as a substantial torque increase of 35 per cent to 380 Newton metres. Featuring a turbocharger with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG), the 718 Cayman S boasts 2.5 litres of engine displacement and 350 hp, with maximum torque at 420 Newton metres. The result is more immediate power and additional excitement in the corners at engine speeds between 1,900 and 4,500 rpm.
When equipped with the optional, seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) and Sport Chrono Package, the 718 Cayman sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, whilst the S-version achieves the same in 4.2 seconds. The top speed for the base model is 275 km/h; its sibling tops out at 285 km/h.
The comprehensive design rework of the new 718 Cayman has been well documented, with the new range distinct at first glance. Only the luggage compartment lid, roof and windscreen have been left unchanged. The front of the roadster has a more sculptured form giving a wider and muscular appearance. This effect is reinforced by narrow front lights above the lateral air intakes, which contain the parking lights and indicators. The new rear has a much wider look, due to the accent strip in high-gloss black with an integrated Porsche lettering between the tail lights. Presenting a complete redesign, the tail lights are distinguished by the three-dimensional technology visible through the clear glass.
From the side view, the new model line can be made out by its newly developed wings and side sills, doors without add-on handle shells, and two louvres in each of the air intakes in front of the rear axle.
Internally, the cockpit is redefined with upgraded elements to increase sophistication and performance. Porsche Communication Management (PCM) includes mobile phone and audio interfaces, as well as a 150-watt Sound Package Plus.
On the road or the track the retuned chassis allows for superior precision, further improved lateral stability and heightened driving, whether behind the wheel of the 718 Cayman or the 718 Cayman S. The electromechanical steering is ten per cent more direct than its predecessor, making the model even more agile and easier to handle.
Lowering the car’s centre of gravity improves performance, as such optional PASM with a 10-millimetre lower ride height is available for both coupés. Meanwhile, ambitious drivers of the S variant who require much stiffer tuning in Sport mode, for the first time have the option of PASM sport chassis, which offers a 20-millimetre lower ride height.
An extra level of sporty driving is guaranteed with the new sport steering wheel, which when combined with the optional Sport Chrono Package, features a driving programme switch identical to that of a Porsche 911. In combination with PDK transmission the mode switch presents an additional option, the “Sport Response Button”. When activated the drivetrain is pre-conditioned for maximum acceleration for 20 seconds, a feature that is particularly effective for overtaking manoeuvres.
The new Porsche Cayman and Cayman S are now available for order in Kuwait. The basic retail prices in Kuwait are as follows:
Cayman KD 17,300
Cayman S KD 19,500