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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman and Cayman S debut in Beijing

Following on the unveiling of the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster/Boxster S models in Geneva, the automaker presented its similarly-revised 718 Cayman and Cayman S models in Beijing. Like their open-air siblings, these new entry-level Porsche coupes boast the same turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, revised styling, retuned suspensions and upgraded infotainment systems. And as promised, for the first time the hard-shell models also will be priced below their convertible counterparts.

The transition to 718-spec sees the updated Cayman and Cayman S replace the existing 2.7-liter and 3.4-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engines with new turbocharged 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter flat-fours that are more potent and more fuel efficient. The Cayman’s new engine makes 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque from 1,900-4,500 rpm compared to 265/207 numbers of the 2016 model. The 2017 Cayman with the 7-speed PDK transmission accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds on to a top speed of 170 mph. The 6-speed manual sprints to 60 mph I 5.2 seconds and topping out at 163 mph.

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Using variable turbo technology from the 911 turbo, the 718 Cayman S has a 2.5-liter flat four that churns out 350 horses and 309 lb-ft of torque. Boasting 25 and 37 additional output units compared to the 3.4-liter six it replaced, it lets the 2017 Cayman S streak from 0-60 mph in just 4.0 ticks and max out at 177 mph, bettering its predecessor’s official stats by 0.5 second and 2 mph.

Upgraded suspension improves handling

Like the 718 Boxster set, the 2017 Cayman/Cayman S also benefit from revamped suspensions. Key tweaks include firmer springs, beefier anti-roll bars and retuned shocks that improve lateral grip and tracking stability. The remix also brings a 911 Turbo steering rack with a 10-percent quicker on-center ratio, bigger brakes, wider rear wheels and a new generation of stickier tires that endow the 718 Caymans with more cornering-carving prowess. The optional Sport Chrono Package has a new “Individual” setting to complement the Normal/Sport/Sport Plus modes as well as Porsche Torque Vectoring and Porsche Active Suspension Management that brings a 10-millimeter lower ride height. Meanwhile, the 2017 Cayman S offers a PASM Sport suspension for the first time that can drop the ride height by a full 20 millimeters.

Bolder look,better connectivity

Visual changes to the 2017 Cayman/Cayman S start with more sharply contoured front fascia treatments that match an extra measure of edge with larger air intakes and Bi-Xenon revised headlamps that can be upgraded to full LED units. Subtly redrawn front fenders, bolder side air intakes and revised alloy wheels lead back to a recast rear fascia with new 3D-look lighting designs and integrated Porsche logo badging. Inside, the cabins on both Cayman models feature new upper dash/vent treatments along with a 918 Spyder-style sport steering wheel and gain standard Porsche Communication Management and 8-speaker Sound Package Plus audio systems. They also offer enhanced connectively via an available Connect Module that supports Apple CarPlay and Porsche Car Connect and optional Connect Plus along with a voice-controlled navigation system. Set to roll into dealers here this November, the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman will start at $54,950 while the 718 Cayman S will open at $67,350.

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