Porsche has started the mass production of the new 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S at its Stuttgart manufacturing plant. The third generation of the Porsche 718 Cayman mid-engine sport coupé had its world premiere at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. Both the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S can be ordered now; their market launch begins at the end of September 2016 in Europe. Though, until mid-August, the company will continue to use its production capacities at the Volkswagen plant in Osnabrück, where the mid-engine sport coupé’s previous generation has been manufactured so far.
"The production launch of the Cayman successor models was executed to our full satisfaction," says Albrecht Reimold, Executive Board Member for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG. "After the successful launches of the new 911 at the end of last year and of the new 718 Boxster in spring 2016, the team in Zuffenhausen also handled this production launch impeccably. This is further proof that our employees work with perfection and passion on a daily basis to enable a very special Porsche experience for our customers." Manufacturing of all two-door sports cars at the Porsche headquarters will ramp up production there to around 240 vehicles per day by August. Currently, more than 220 units come off the assembly line each day in Zuffenhausen.
Reimold added: "After production had naturally declined based on the product life cycle, we now have a great deal of confidence in the new generation of our mid-engine sports cars." The current generation of the mid-engine sports cars is characterised by more power output combined with better fuel economy thanks to the newly developed four-cylinder flat engines with turbocharging. For the first time, the Coupé and Roadster will have the same engine power levels. The entry-level version starts at 300 bhp from a 2.0L engine. The sportier S-models develop 350 bhp from a 2.5L engine. That is 25 bhp more power than in the previous models, and their NEDC fuel consumption figures range from 8.1 to 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres.