Why the Porsche Macan and 718 Cayman are attractive options
The name Porsche is synonymous with the Neunelfer aka 911. The manufacturer also has the Cayenne as their first name in the realm of high-performance SUVs. Even so, both of them have derivatives that are no less captivating and great. Is 718 Cayman and The New Tiger.
There are many reasons why SUVs are becoming increasingly popular lately. One of them is the tall posture which psychologically adds to the sense of security – in addition to the practicality of use. The more here, the SUV variety is also growing. Not only high enough to hit irregular terrain, the ability to spur is also included in the recipe.
Like the Porsche Macan, from the outside it seems clear that it offers a blend of premium SUV DNA with a sports car spirit. All wrapped in a compact 5-passenger SUV format that is practical. Charming, especially in the most recent version, many details reflect the 911 and 918 Spyder lineage. Regardless of the design, matters of exterior features are decidedly sophisticated. 3D graphic LED lighting is standard. Functionality can then be optimized via the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus. It is adaptive lighting so it doesn’t dazzle other drivers at night.
Well, the main highlight of a sports car brand lies in the kitchen runway. The Macan is equipped with a 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder heart with a potential power of up to 252 PS at 5,000-6,750 rpm. Prior to that, the 370 Nm torque kick peaked from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm. The four-wheel drive system is standard, channeled through the 7-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox.
The potential is qualified even though it is a base model. Acceleration to 100 kph is claimed to be complete in 6.7 seconds. If you choose the Sport Chrono Package option, the sprint time score can be cut back by 0.2 seconds. Great enough for an SUV / crossover. Then when the gas pedal is used up, the Tigers can run up to 227 kph.
Driving dynamics are increasingly being refined in the latest version. The manufacturer is fine-tuning the chassis in order to maintain stability following increased comfort. In addition, in order to present the sensation of driving a sportscar style, the Macan carries the composition of ‘striped’ shoes. The rear axle gets wider tires than the front – rarely found in an SUV. Good handling cannot be separated from the role of Porsche Traction Management (PTM) which ensures optimal traction in various road conditions.
It is not surprising that he has the potential to spur qualified. This is normal in a Porsche. Also being fairness is a strong traditional value. Not only the exterior design, the feel of the iconic 911 can be felt in the cabin. Especially when choosing the optional Sport Chrono Package feature. The reason is, the steering wheel of the GT Sports Steering Wheel adheres to the typical 911 design. It stands out in the list of extra devices. With this steering wheel, the driver can adjust the driving character directly from the Driving Mode Switch which is equipped with a Sport Response Button on the steering wheel.
What’s new in the last refinement is the full HD touchscreen infotainment system in the center stack. Dimensions increased to 10.9 inches – following adjustments to the AC grid design. The system carries the original Porsche Communication Management brain, offering a variety of digital functions. The system interface can be customized as desired.
In addition, Porsche is expanding the options for customers. This includes a heated windshield and an ionizer to improve cabin air quality. It’s even more personal because you can combine the entire interior package with a new exterior color selection. Call it Miami Blue, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic, and Crayon.
Porsche 718 Cayman
The mid engine sport coupe is the entrance to the world of Porsche performance. Entering the fourth generation, he now has the full name 718 Cayman. Even though it is entry level, it doesn’t mean that Cayman can be underestimated. Moreover, questioning the anatomy of the body, it is like a mini supercar because it carries the MR (mid engine, rear wheel drive) layout.
The base model of the Cayman is equipped with a boost that promises to have fun driving from the bottom of the loop. 380 Nm of torque is thrown by a 2.0 liter turbo flat-four engine from 1,950 to 4,500 rpm. Power extraction is no less great, being recorded as being capable of producing 300 hp at 6,000 rpm. Keep in mind, these are all potential base models. Up one level, the Cayman S presents a higher performance.
The number and position of the combustion chamber remain four cylinders but are technologically different and cubic. The Cayman S is equipped with a 2.5 liter driver with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG). A sophistication of the 911 Turbo, the first in Cayman has a wastegate. The burst of power can reach 350 hp while the torque is clearly abundant. A total of 420 Nm is fully extracted from 1,900 rpm.
No need to worry about running skills. When combined with the PDK and Sport Chrono Package, the standard Cayman achieves a sprint of 100 kph in less than 5 seconds. To be precise, it was 4.7 seconds while the S variant finished in 4.2 seconds. Pushed continuously through tooth after tooth, both of them were able to exceed the limit of 250 kph. The maximum velocity of the base model is claimed up to 275 kph, and the S is stuck at 285 kph.
The powerful engine is supported by balanced handling. Yes, the composition of the middle engine does provide its own driving sensation, concentrating overall weight between the axles. Apart from that, the suspension and stabilizer are designed to be sturdier with revisions to the shock absorbers. Plus, an increase in steering response to 10 percent from the previous model. To ensure maximum traction, the rear wheels are 1.5 inches wider.
Braking power is also part of the improvement, carrying a combination of 330 mm (front) and 299 mm (rear) discs. The standard Cayman is equipped with the Cayman S components from its predecessor. On the other hand, the Cayman S adopts the 911 Carrera series. Utilizes four piston calipers and a disc that is 6mm thicker.
The optional Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Torque Vectoring allow adjustments to the driving dynamism. Provides the flexibility of settings both in Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual modes directly via the steering wheel. Another option is the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Through the optional extra PASM Sport, posture can be lowered as far as 20 mm on the S variant for a low center of gravity. (Note: the suspension is lowered by 20mm by factory tuning, and cannot be raised or lowered by the customer / technician after leaving the factory).
The interior characterizes the proximity to the 918 Spyder thanks to the Sport Steering Wheel in the style of the super sportscar. In addition, PCM is a standard feature. Provides complete smartphone connectivity possibilities and pampers passengers with the 505 watt audio system audio system from BOSE® Surround Sound System. If connectivity is lacking, an extra Connect option is available. Adds connectivity capabilities such as USB Port and Apple CarPlay.