Porsche 718, 982-generation (2016-2020)

Official photos: Boxster 2016 Jan 27, Cayman 2016 Apr 24, GTS 4-cylinder 2017 Oct 18, GTS 6-cylinder 2020 Jan 16
Premiere: Boxster 2016 March 1 at Geneva motor show press day, Cayman 2016 April 25 at Auto China
Market launch: Boxster 2016 Apr 30, Cayman 2016 September, GTS 4-cylinder 2017 December, GTS 6-cylinder 2020 March

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718 Cayman technical specification and comparison

Modification Gen. Engine kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h 0-100 mph mph km/h DIN kg DIN lb W/lb W/kg
2016 718 Cayman
Turbo 2.0
982 2.0F4 turbo 220 279 380 manual 6-speed 4.9 sec. 5.1 sec. 171 275 1335 2943 74.8 165
            PDK 7-speed 4.7/*4.5 sec. 4.9/*4.7 sec. 171 275 1365 3009 73.1 161
2019 718 Cayman T
Turbo 2.0
982 2.0F4 turbo 220 279 380 manual 6-speed 4.9 sec. 5.1 sec. 10.8 sec. 171 275 1350 2976 73.9 163
            PDK 7-speed 4.7/*4.5 sec. 4.9/*4.7 sec. 11.3/*11.1 sec. 171 275 1380 3042 72.3 159
2016 718 Cayman S
Turbo 2.5
982 2.5F4 turbo 257 309 420 manual 6-speed 4.4 sec. 4.6 sec. 177 285 1355 2987 86.0 190
            PDK 7-speed 4.2/*4.0 sec. 4.4/*4.2 sec. 177 285 1385 3053 84.1 186
2017 718 Cayman GTS
Turbo 2.5
982 2.5F4 turbo 269 309 420 manual 6-speed 4.4 sec. 4.6 sec. 180 290 1375 3031 88.7 196
        316 430 PDK 7-speed 4.1/*3.9 sec. 4.3/*4.1 sec. 180 290 1405 3097 86.9 191
2020 718 Cayman GTS
4.0
982 4.0F6 294 309 420 manual 6-speed 4.3 sec. 4.5 sec. 9.2 sec. 182 293 1405 3097 94.9 209
        PDK 7-speed 4.0/*3.8 sec. 4.2/*4.0 sec.
2016 911 Carrera
Turbo 3.0 Coupé
991.2 3.0F6 turbo 272 331 450 manual 7-speed 4.4 sec. 4.6 sec. 183 295 1430 3153 86.3 190
2015 Cayman GT4 981 3.8F6 276 309 420 manual 6-speed 4.2 sec. 4.4 sec. 183 295 1340 2954 96 211
1962 718 GTR 2.0F8 154 141 192 manual 6-speed 162 260 670 1477 104 230

718 Boxster technical specification and comparison

Modification Gen. Engine kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h 0-100 mph mph km/h DIN kg DIN lb W/lb W/kg
2016 718 Boxster
Turbo 2.0
982 2.0F4 turbo 220 279 380 manual 6-speed 4.9 sec. 5.1 sec. 171 275 1335 2943 74.8 165
            PDK 7-speed 4.7/*4.5 sec. 4.9/*4.7 sec. 171 275 1365 3009 73.1 161
2019 718 Boxster T
Turbo 2.0
982 2.0F4 turbo 220 279 380 manual 6-speed 4.9 sec. 5.1 sec. 10.8 sec. 171 275 1350 2976 73.9 163
            PDK 7-speed 4.7/*4.5 sec. 4.9/*4.7 sec. 11.3/*11.1 sec. 171 275 1380 3042 72.3 159
2016 718 Boxster S
Turbo 2.5
982 2.5F4 turbo 257 309 420 manual 6-speed 4.4 sec. 4.6 sec. 177 285 1355 2987 86.0 190
            PDK 7-speed 4.2/*4.0 sec. 4.4/*4.2 sec. 177 285 1385 3053 84.1 186
2017 718 Boxster GTS
Turbo 2.5
982 2.5F4 turbo 269 309 420 manual 6-speed 4.4 sec. 4.6 sec. 180 290 1375 3031 88.7 196
        316 430 PDK 7-speed 4.1/*3.9 sec. 4.3/*4.1 sec. 180 290 1405 3097 86.9 191
2020 718 Boxster GTS
4.0
982 4.0F6 294 309 420 manual 6-speed 4.3 sec. 4.5 sec. 9.2 sec. 182 293 1405 3097 94.9 209
        PDK 7-speed 4.0/*3.8 sec. 4.2/*4.0 sec.
2016 911 Carrera
Turbo 3.0 Cabriolet
991.2 3.0F6 turbo 272 331 450 manual 7-speed 4.6 sec. 4.8 sec. 181 292 1500 3307 93.4 206
2015 Boxster Spyder 981 3.8F6 276 309 420 manual 6-speed 4.2 sec. 4.5 sec. 180 290 1315 2899 95.2 210
1962 718 W-RS Spyder 2.0F8 154 141 192 manual 6-speed 174 280 640 1411 109 240
Weight here is DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.
* with Launch Control (Sport Chrono package). Acceleration figures do not include pre-launch preparation time.

The fact that the open top Boxster was long kept as the cheaper base model even though the Cayman was introduced in 2005, was a "team order" and not a natural situation. Boxster was more expensive to make, but was sold cheaper than the Cayman. In 2016 the coupé became the base model with the roadster now requiring a premium for the open air experience it provides.

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Three digits are an established part of a 2-door Porsche model name. Finally, after 20 years, the entry-level model got its number. Between 1996 and 2015, the entry level models were officially called only by a name, like "Porsche Boxster".

The number 718 was taken into use again after more than 50 years. Back then it was the series number of the Porsche race car project, but with the re-introduction in 2016 there was no connection between the entry-level Porsche and the number 718. The 2016 718 was the successor to the 981 generation Boxster and Cayman and is therefore internally referred to as 982. There would have been a way to make the car names even cooler, if old-school Porsche naming system would have been used to the full - how would you have liked Porsche 718 Turbo 2.0 and Porsche 718 Turbo 2.5, Coupé and Roadster? Or 718 Turbo (2.0) and 718 Turbo S (2.5)?

The 6-cylinder normally aspirated engines of the predecessor were replaced with flat-4 single-turbo engines, in order to produce less CO2. A 4-cylinder turbo has more potential in racing than the normally aspirated 6-cylinder, so all good. All of the first Porsches - the 356, 550, 718 - and then the 904, original 912, G-model 912 and 914 had flat-4 engines - it's a back to the roots thing.

Of course, a 6-cylinder with turbo comes into mind, but that would never come true. As well as we can be sure the 21st century 718 will never evolve to 8 cylinders as the original 718 did. Unfortunately, the new 718 will not evolve to the power-to-weight ratio that the 718 had more than half a century earlier. The 1962 718 W-RS Spyder with its 2-litre normally aspirated 8-cylinder engine and focus on low weight, had the power-to-weight ratio 22% better than the 718 GTS with 2.5-litre turbo engine 56 years later. While the original 718 was a Porsche supercar (at the time the top of the line series production model was the 356 Carrera 2 which offered no comparison to the much faster 718), but from 2016 the 718 is an entry level model. In the sixties the 718 cost many times the price of the top production model - consider the price of many 991 Turbo S in 2016. In conclusion: although the 718 Turbo cannot live up to the 718 name, with the manual gearbox it is an absolutely amazing car, especially the 2.5-litre version, which on paper even beats the 991 Carrera Turbo 3.0 Cabriolet in the sprint!

The 718 Turbo 2.5 has another predecessor in the Porsche history - the Porsche 944 Turbo. It, too, had a 4-cylinder 2.5-litre turbo engine, performance of the 911 Carrera and was available in closed or open form.

The evolution of the 718 S, the 718 GTS Turbo 2.5 came with a different intake duct and an optimised turbocharger that increased the maximum power by 4%. While with the manual gearbox the maximum torque remained the same as on the S-version, with the PDK the maximum torque of the GTS Turbo was slightly up. As a higher equipment level version, the GTS is a bit heavier, too. Sport Chrono package (Sport Plus mode + Launch Control) and the Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical rear differential lock are among the standard equipment.

For 2019, the 2-litre 718 are offered with price advantage option package and renamed to 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T. All engines are now equipped with gasoline particulate filters (GPF).


GTS Turbo 2.5 and GTS 4.0

In 2020, the 4-litre 6-cylinder version of the GTS was introduced in addition to the earlier 2.5-litre turbo GTS. The engine is a detuned version seen in the 718 GT4 and the 718 Spyder 4.0. The standard equipment includes sports exhaust system, chassis lowered by 20 mm, Porsche Stability Management with Sport mode, Sport Chrono package, Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts, Porsche Torque Vectoring and mechanical limited slip differential. The optional GTS interior package adds Carmine Red or Crayon accents. This accentuates the rev counter, seat belts, decorative seams, embroidered GTS emblem in the headrests and the Porsche lettering on the floor mats. The package includes carbon interior trim. The GTS 4.0 is not a worldwide version, it is not available for America.

To be honest, the 4-litre normally aspirated engine is a strange product to launch when reduction of CO2 is more important than ever before. In order to decrease CO2 production, the adaptive cylinder control switches off one cylinder bank at low loads and makes it a Porsche powered by 3 cylinders.


2020 and allowed CO2 in European Union

All new passenger cars sold in Europe from 2020 must meet the new 95 g/km (9.5 kg/100 km) CO2 restriction. In the case it is not met, 95 EUR penalty has to be paid by the manufacturer for every gram per kilometre over the allowed limit. Considering the 4-litre 718 GTS introduced for 2020 produces 246 g CO2 per every kilometre (24.6 kg/100 km), it translates to (246-95)x95=14.345 EUR penalty for the 718 GTS 4.0 if it would be the only product of the manufacturer. In reality, the average over all the cars sold is taken into account. So, from 2020 the high CO2 cars could be sold in EU only when they are balanced out by hybrid or electric cars of the same manufacturer.


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718 Cayman prototype body panel fit is tested on the exterior master jig. The sign inside the car reads PO 982 C7. © Porsche
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2016 718 Cayman Turbo followed by a normally aspirated 2-litre 718 GTR which thanks to its lightweight construction had much better power-to-weight ratio 54 years earlier© Porsche
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2016 718 Boxster Turbo 2.0 followed by a normally aspirated 2-litre 718 W-RS which has 45% better power-to-weight ratio and is looking to take over© Porsche
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Porsche 718 Cayman GTS rail transportation
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718 Cayman GTS 4.0
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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS Miami Blue
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718 Boxster GTS 4.0
GTS 4.0 in Python Green© Porsche
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718 Boxster GTS 4.0 side lettering
6-cylinder powerhouse inside this green python © Porsche
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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS front spoiler lip
Cayman GTS front lip is different from Boxster GTS© Porsche
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Porsche 718 Cayman T
718 T versions have dark gray mirror cases© Porsche
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The design of the classic 911 has been strongly rivalled if not beaten since the Cayman came © Porsche
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718 Boxster T
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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS
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718 Boxster GTS 4.0 exhaust ends
The 4-litre GTS can be told by larger and separate exhaust pipe ends © Porsche
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Since 981 generation the Boxster looks sportier than the 911 Cabriolet © Porsche
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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS Blue
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Top points to Mitja Borkert, the head of exterior design © Porsche
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718 Cayman GTS 4.0 exhaust ends
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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS
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2018 Porsche 718 GTS Cayman and Boxster
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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS drift
The GTS has the mechanical differential lock as standard and this allows some drifting, although mid-engined cars are not easy to drift© Porsche
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The roof opens or closes in just 9 seconds © Porsche
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Boxster GTS (compare the front spoiler lip design to Cayman GTS)© Porsche
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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS alcantara interior
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Porsche 718 Boxster T interior, seats
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Porsche 718 Cayman T cockpit with bucket seats
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Wheels: 18" Boxster, 18" Cayman, 19" Boxster S, 19" Cayman S, 20" Carrera S, 20" Carrera Classic, 20" Carrera Sport, 20" 911 Turbo-look© Porsche
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The design of the crankshaft shows this flat engine is a boxer © Porsche
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The 718 is equipped with two cooling circuits: a conventional high temperature circuit for the engine and a low temperature circuit for the charge air cooling© Porsche
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Porsche 718 GTS Turbo 2.5 power and torque graphs
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Taking from the past and looking into the future with less CO2, the 4-cylinder engines could be used again in conjunction with the 911 body to reincarnate the 912 model.


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