Porsche 718, 982-generation (2016-2019)

Date of unveil by Porsche AG: Boxster: January 27, 2016, Cayman: April 24, 2016, GTS: October 18, 2017
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, GTS: December 2017

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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 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
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
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 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
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
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.

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Three digits are an established part of a 2-door Porsche model 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, but with the re-introduction in 2016 there was no connection between the entry-level Porsche and the number 718. The 2016 718 was a successor to the Porsche 981 (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 (981) were replaced with 4-cylinder single-turbo engines for the 718 (982-generation). A 4-cylinder turbo is logically a bit sportier and has more potential than the normally aspirated 6-cylinder, so all good. Of course, the 6-cylinder turbo was dreamed of and we can be sure the 21st century 718 will never evolve to 8 cylinders as the original 718 did. Unfortunately, the new 718 will never 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 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 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.

The evolution of the 718 S, the 718 GTS came with a different intake duct and 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 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 of the GTS. Porsche marketing guys called the 718 GTS versions as "Apex predators"! Cool and funny at the same time, although every Porsche sportscar has been built with this principle from day one.

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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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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS
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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS front spoiler lip
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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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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS
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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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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS
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Coupé & Roadster - both really nice© Porsche
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2018 Porsche 718 GTS Cayman and Boxster
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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS drift
Drifiting is made easy with the standard mechanical differential lock in the GTS versions © Porsche
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The roof opens or closes in just 9 seconds © Porsche
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2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS alcantara interior
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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, alcantara seats with logo
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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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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

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

PDF 2017/03 718 Cayman/Boxster Turbo 2.0 / S Turbo 2.5 (24 MB)

PDF 2017/10 718 Cayman/Boxster GTS Turbo 2.5 In German/Deutsch (17 MB)

Anniversaries
Oct, 29 – 77th birthday of Hans-Peter Porsche (1940)
Nov, 15 – 42nd birthday of the 924 (1975)
Nov, 19 – 9th Birthday of the Cayman 987.2 (2008)
Nov, 19 – 9th birthday of the Boxster 987.2 (2008)
Nov, 26 – 54th birthday of the 904 (1963)