Precise, not fanciful. Self-assured, not restrained. Low, wide and sleek. The exterior design of the new 718 models ushers in a new era for the Boxster and Cayman with sporty, distinctive edges and clearly defined formal contours.
The horizontal geometry of the air intakes makes the front end appear even wider – and lends it added bite. The wings? Unmistakably Porsche. Higher than the front lid, they have been styled to give prominence to the new design of the headlight units, which lay bare their inner workings and incorporate the LED daytime running lights.
The side profile emphasises the midengine layout. The wheel arches are large, designed for wheels up to 20 inches in size. One thing is clear: the new 718 models were not intended for the shelter of the garage, but for the pleasure of driving. That’s precisely why the contouring on the doors purposefully directs headwind.
Intuitive handling, performance-oriented ergonomics, a clean design. The interior of the new 718 models is also fully geared for sporty performance.
A strong emphasis on the horizontal gives the new dashboard design of the 718 models a striking appearance. And that’s without sacrificing the excellent ergonomics for which Porsche is renowned: the ascending centre console shortens the reach between the steering wheel and the gear lever/selector, while the clear arrangement of function buttons saves time.
Motorsport in pure form: the new sports steering wheel is derived from the 918 Spyder. The optional GT sports steering wheel with its smaller diameter further enhances the cockpit feel.
The new 718 Cayman lets its actions do the talking. Sporty actions, of course. As a corner-devouring coupé, it follows a line of its own far removed from fashion trends and four-lane arterials. In the town certainly. On the racetrack definitely. But always for the sport of it.
It’s no wonder that the new 718 Cayman doesn’t simply carry on from where the 718 GTR Coupé in 1963 left off, but seeks instead to piece together a legend of its own. With its own mind. With sporty fighting spirit. And with every twist and turn.