Torque (Singapore) - - PORSCHE SPECIAL -

In box­ing, the heavy­weights, with their larger mus­cles, punch harder than the fly­weight or mid­dleweight con­tenders.

But due to their size and weight, heavy­weight fight­ers usu­ally aren’t as quick as their lighter coun­ter­parts. Now, in the sports car world, the Porsche Cayman S is akin to a boxer who has moved from the heavy­weight to the mid­dleweight divi­sion.

But if you think that this means that the Porsche Cayman S has lost some of its po­tency, you would be quite wrong. When Porsche turned the Cayman S into the 718 Cayman S, this mid-en­gine sports car emerged stronger, faster and more ef­fi­cient than it had ever been. Re­spon­si­ble for the Porsche 718 Cayman S’ new­found abil­i­ties is its new en­gine, a tur­bocharged 2.5-litre flat-4, which re­places the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 3.4-litre flat-6 in the pre­vi­ous Porsche Cayman S.

De­spite be­ing smaller, the flat-4 pro­duces big­ger out­puts – 350bhp and 420Nm, to be ex­act. Th­ese fig­ures ex­ceed those of the pre­ced­ing Porsche Cayman S by 25bhp and 50Nm. With ex­tra mus­cle and torque, the Porsche 718 Cayman S now goes from rest to 100km/h in 4.2 sec­onds (with SPORT PLUS but­ton), a mas­sive 1.2 sec­onds quicker than its pre­de­ces­sor. The Porsche 718 Cayman S’ height­ened per­for­mance, how­ever, isn’t just down to the more pow­er­ful en­gine. The tur­bocharger, for in­stance, is equipped with a vari­able-ge­om­e­try func­tion to elim­i­nate lag. This is com­ple­mented by the Dy­namic Boost fea­ture, which keeps the throt­tle open (with the fuel in­jec­tion cut off) when the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal is re­leased. This pre­vents the charge pres­sure from drop­ping too much, so that boost re­sumes im­me­di­ately when more power is de­manded. But what re­ally sets the Porsche 718 Cayman S apart from its ri­vals is its abil­ity to adapt to Sin­ga­pore’s more com­pact en­vi­ron­ment, which may cause other sports cars to feel hemmed in. The Porsche 718 Cayman S driver won’t be feel­ing this, though. With so much torque at avail­able at low en­gine speeds, driv­ing the 718 Cayman S is easy, whether at mod­er­ate speed or in stop-and-go traf­fic.

And while other sports cars have small win­dows, the 718 Cayman S and its wider glass pan­els of­fer ex­cel­lent all-round vis­i­bil­ity, which is im­por­tant when you’re driv­ing through Sin­ga­pore’s many built-up ar­eas. It’s also easy to run er­rands and do some shop­ping with the Porsche 718 Cayman S. Un­like other sports cars, which re­quire their own­ers to drive home and swop ve­hi­cles, Porsche’s 718 Cayman S has two boots – a 150-litre com­part­ment in front and a 275-litre boot at the rear. You could even pick up your friend from the air­port in this coupe.

The Porsche 718 Cayman S is also carpark-friendly. You don’t wince as you de­scend carpark ramps or go over speed bumps. And the rel­a­tively com­pact di­men­sions mean the car fits in most park­ing spa­ces, of­ten with room to spare.

Porsche’s 718 Cayman S isn’t just quick, adapt­able and prac­ti­cal. It’s more ef­fi­cient, too, with a com­bined con­sump­tion of 7.4L/100km, or 0.8L/100km less than pre­vi­ously. That sort of av­er­age is what you’d ex­pect from a reg­u­lar fam­ily sa­loon – not a thor­ough­bred sports car.

Help­ing har­ness all this per­for­mance are the im­proved sus­pen­sion com­po­nents, which in­clude stiffer spring rates and anti-roll bars, re­cal­i­brated damp­ing valves and larger brakes. And be­cause the Porsche 718 Cayman S now uses the same elec­tric power steer­ing sys­tem as the Porsche 911 Turbo, the helm is now sharper and more re­spon­sive than ever.

Quicker, harder-hit­ting and more ag­ile than be­fore, the Porsche 718 Cayman S isn’t just a greater prize­fighter – it’s also a real heavy­weight in the world of sports cars.

The cock­pit of the Porsche 718 Cayman S is as driver­fo­cussed as ever. The seat­ing po­si­tion is spot on, while the steer­ing wheel and gearshift lever eas­ily fall to hand.

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