In 2016, Porsche was preparing for the debut of its highly anticipated fourth-generation Boxster and third-generation Cayman. Word had been circulating in the automotive community that due to emissions regulations, they would have to change the engine from Porsche’s signature flat-6 to a turbocharged flat-4. Although many were initially skeptical, by mid-2016 when the cars started to get into the hands of drivers and journalists, their fears were put to rest. Dubbed the “718” series of vehicles, the name harkened back to Porsche’s 718 race car that won the Targa Florio in both 1959 and 1960- powered by a flat-4 engine and relying on low weight and superior handling over big power made for a natural connection to their new model. That being said, the 718 Cayman was still up on power over the previous generation, with the 2.0-liter engine in the standard car producing 296 horsepower while the “S” variant produces 350. Available with either a 6-speed manual or Porsche’s 7-speed PDK gearbox, both Boxster and Cayman were faster than their predecessors while also improving on both carbon emissions and fuel economy. Thanks to the lower weight, increase in low-end torque and improved suspension, magazine road testers have found the car to be an impressive step forward for the model and in one instance, found that the 718 Cayman could hang with the outgoing top-of-the-line Cayman GT4 in many circumstances.
This 2022 718 Cayman S is an exceptionally unique specification and is likely the only one like it anywhere. Painted in one of Porsche’s newest colors- Frozen Berry Metallic, the car stands out amongst the sea of grey, silver, black, and white that most new cars seem to be finished in. An elegant set of silver 20” Carrera S wheels and high gloss black exterior accents punctuate the bright exterior color and add a wonderful contrast. The interior was optioned in a combination of chalk gray on the center of the sport seats and armrests, which is then paired with black leather everywhere else. For an extra splash of color on the inside, the dash trim and center console have been finished in Frozen Berry Metallic and the seatbelts were optioned in Miami Blue. Numerous comfort features have also been optioned on this car including the Bose Surround Sound System, heated and ventilated seats, lane change assist and a heated multi-function steering wheel. Mechanically, the car sports a quick shifting 7-speed PDK gearbox which is the perfect transmission for daily driving or use on the track. This is paired to the powerful turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-4 with variable turbine geometry which gives the turbo a wider powerband and a smoother delivery of power. With this combination of engine and gearbox, Porsche quotes 0-60 mph in a mere 4 seconds and a top speed over 175 mph- putting its performance in the same league as one of the greatest cars to ever come out of Stuttgart, the 993 Turbo. Thanks to the Cayman’s mid-engine agility, dual trunk design and powerful small displacement engine, it is truly the ultimate everyday sportscar. This particular Cayman S is a great example offered in nearly new condition, with low miles and in an excellent specification.