Porsche introduced the Boxster roadster in 1996, intended to slot beneath the 911 and open up its sports car offerings to a broader market. The Boxster range was priced to be beneath the 911's entry price, and it sold like the proverbial hot cakes. With the second generation entering the market in 2005, Porsche created a fastback coupe variant and called it the Cayman. This 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman S is from the fourth generation, which tells you how popular Porsche's entry-level sports car continues to be. Bearing just 5,600 miles, it's a great ticket to the Porsche lifestyle without having to splash out on a 911, and it can be your weekend toy.
With the fourth generation, the 717 Boxster and 718 Cayman gained styling that brought them closer to the 911 in appearance. Just gaze at this 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman S in all its white glory, and you'll see what we mean. Sitting low to the ground with 911-esque headlamps, air vents behind the doors, and a silhouette that is very close to the 911 in profile, it's clear that Porsche wants to bring them together in spirit without actually merging them. Inside, it's a similar theme. While the 911 sports a five-binnacle instrument cluster, the Cayman makes do with three; it's a baby Porsche, after all. Nevertheless, the 190mph speedometer tells you this baby isn't just crawling around. There's a multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, a touchscreen infotainment system, a climate control system, and heated and ventilated seats to play around with. There's also front and rear luggage areas, making the Boxster ideal for a spot of touring, either solo or with a partner.
This 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman S is powered by a turbocharged flat-four measuring in at 2.5 liters of displacement. The engine puts out 345 horsepower and 310lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a 7-speed PDK gearbox. That means zero to sixty is done in just 4.2 seconds, and the top speed is a very respectable 177mph. Large ventilated disc brakes on all wheels handle stopping duties when required.
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