As expected the new coupe can do a little more with it than the soft-top, being credited with 4.7 seconds for 0-62mph (718 Boxster: 5.1 seconds) when fitted with PDK and optional Sport Chrono package. The new S coupe records an impressive 4.2 seconds (Boxster 4.6 seconds). Top speeds are the same, at 170mph and 177 for the S versions.
The six-cylinder wail of the old Cayman may be no more, but the new engine’s forced aspiration does deliver torque. There’s 280 lb ft of it from 1,950rpm, less than half the revs needed for the weedier total in the outgoing Cayman. Predictably the turbo delivers on the fuel and CO2 testing fronts, too, the 718 Cayman recording 40mpg.
Good luck with that. The joy of the Cayman has always been the way it encourages you to drive the nuts off the thing. And with its convertible brother garnering so much praise since it became the 718 Boxster, with its retuned suspension, quicker steering and bigger brakes and wheels, the odds here are that the Cayman will build on its reputation as a great entertainer.