Porsche 718 (2016-2019)

Date of unveil by Porsche AG: Boxster: January 27, 2016, Cayman: April 24, 2016
Premiere: Boxster: March 1, 2016 Geneva Motor Show (Salon International de l'Auto et accessoires) press day
Cayman: April 25, 2016 Auto China
World market launch: Boxster: April 30, 2016, Cayman: September 2016

718 Cayman (internally Porsche 982 coupé)© Porsche
718 Boxster (internally Porsche 982 roadster)© Porsche

718 Cayman technical specification and comparison

Modification Internal code Engine kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h 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 sec. 4.9 sec. 171 275 1365 3009 73.1 161
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 1430 3153 81.5 180
            PDK 7-speed 4.2 sec. 4.4 sec. 177 285 1460 3219 79.8 176
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 Internal code Engine kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h 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 sec. 4.9 sec. 171 275 1365 3009 73.1 161
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 1430 3153 81.5 180
            PDK 7-speed 4.2 sec. 4.4 sec. 177 285 1460 3219 79.8 176
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
DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.

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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Three digits are an established part of a 2-door Porsche name and the entry-level model finally - after 20 years - got its deserved three numbers. 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. In 2016 there is no connection between the entry-level Porsche and the number 718. The 2016 718 is a successor to the Porsche 981 (Boxster and Cayman) and is therefore internally reffered 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 engine and the Seven-Eighteen model name

Compared to the 981, the 6-cylinder normally aspirated engines were replaced with 4-cylinder single turbo engines for 982 (or 718 as it is marketed). A 4-cylinder turbo is logically a bit sportier and has more potential than the normally aspirated 6-cylinder, so all good. The 6-cylinder turbo, of course, was dreamed of and we can be sure, the 21st century 718 will never evolve to 8-cylinders as the original 718 did. And the new 718 will probably not evolve even to the power-to-weight ratio the 718 had more than 50 years earlier. The 1962 718 W-RS Spyder with its 2-litre normally aspirated engine and focus on low weight had the power-to-weight ratio 33% better the 718 S with 2.5-litre turbo engine 54 years later. While the original 718 was a Porsche supercar (remember, at the time the top of the line series production model was the 356 Carrera 2 which offered no comparison to the 718), from 2016 the 718 is the 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!

2016 718 Cayman Turbo followed by a normally aspirated 2-litre 718 GTR which thanks to its light weight had much better power-to-weight ratio 54 years earlier© Porsche
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

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

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The design of the classic 911 has been strongly rivalled if not beaten since the Cayman came © Porsche
Since 981 generation the Boxster looks sportier than the 911 Cabriolet © Porsche
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Top points to Mitja Borkert, the head of exterior design © Porsche
Coupé & Roadster - both really nice© Porsche
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The roof opens or closes in just 9 seconds © Porsche
Plenty of luggage space © Porsche
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Optional LED headlamps © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
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The lids open with a soft touch on the bumper © Porsche
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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
Porsche 718 type 982 bodyshells© Porsche
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SportDesign package - front is good, rear is questionable© Porsche
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The design of the crankshaft shows this flat engine is a boxer © Porsche
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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The fact that the Boxster was kept the 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 Cayman. In 2016 the coupé is the base model and the roadster a bit more expensive.

Looking into the past, the 4-cylinder engines could be used again in conjunction with the 911 body to reincarnate the 912 model.

The prototype

2015 January 12: the 718 Turbo roadster spotted a year before the introduction © Stuttcars.com


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Sales catalogues

PDF 2016/01 718 Boxster Turbo 2.0, 718 Boxster S Turbo 2.5 In German/Deutsch (16 MB)

PDF 2016/04 718 Cayman & Boxster, Turbo 2.0, S Turbo 2.5 (20 MB)

PDF 2016/04 718 Cayman & Boxster, Turbo 2.0, S Turbo 2.5 In German/Deutsch (20 MB)

Anniversaries
Mar, 2719th death anniversary of Ferry Porsche (1998)
Apr, 04 – 41st birthday of the 936 (1976)
Apr, 05 – 52nd birthday of the 912 (1965)
Apr, 05 – 5th death anniversary of F.A. Porsche (2012)
Apr, 07 – 49th birthday of the 908 (1968)