2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S Test Drive - Turbo Trouble?
No, turbocharging thankfully doesn't ruin the Cayman driving experience
Driving a mid-engined, turbocharged Porsche sports car is definitely an event, and the 718 Cayman S doesn’t fail to deliver, in fact it’s better than you initially think it’s going to be.
Having watched all reviews of the car prior to driving it, I listened to opinion after opinion about how its new four-cylinder turbocharged 2.5-liter engine is worse than the non-turbo six-pot it replaces. However, from the second you turn the key, it comes alive like a proper Porsche should.
Sure, it has lost something in giving up the savage scream of the six, but the amount of usable performance now offered is impressive; this 718 is much faster than its predecessor, especially in-gear and most evidently low in the rev range.
But enough about the engine, as it’s not the main Cayman S attraction - that distinction goes to the handling and body control and the way it makes the driver feel. It’s also the first rear-driven car I’ve tried that builds your confidence from the get-go, encouraging you to really push into corners not long after you’ve set off.
On top of that, its suspension is compliant over longer journeys, even on less than perfect roads, and the seats are amazing in their mix of support and comfort. Oh, and it looks really pretty now after the facelift, with the subtle tweaks they’ve done to it making it not have a single bad angle to speak of.
Recommended for:driving nutsyoung and single
Created for:winding roadsurban drivingtrack
Hats off for:ergonomicscomfortroad handlingengine power
Bang for the buck:excellent