When we think of the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, we tend to think of never-ending summer days spent cruising along country roads with the sun in our face and, in the case of the 718 Boxster, the wind in our hair.
That environment will certainly allow the 718 lineup to shine, but thanks to precise engineering and incredibly balanced driving dynamics, the fun doesn’t have to end when fall rolls around.
Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman: It’s all about balance
If you have ever driven a Porsche 718 Boxster or 718 Cayman from Porsche Centre Calgary, you know how balanced these vehicles are. The rigid chassis, perfectly-tuned suspension and mid-engine layout plant the 718 to the ground and allow it to zip through corners with incredible efficiency.
Moreover, Porsche engineers made sure to improve what was already a very precise and quick steering system when developing the 718 lineup. Indeed, steering quickness increases by 10 percent and going from one lock to the other only requires 2.5 turns.
Power is sent to the rear wheels and comes from either a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 300 horsepower, or a 2.5-liter turbo that delivers 340 horsepower. A lightning quick PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission is offered along with a slick six-speed manual.
Regardless of which gearbox or engine you opt for, you get a vehicle that can be controlled with the tip of your fingers, and that is among the most predictable in the industry. And that’s why you can venture out in both summer and winter in total confidence.
Winter driving in the Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman
The fact that the 718 lineup features a RWD setup could mean less traction in slippery conditions, but because of their balance, agility, weight distribution, suspension setup, and linear power delivery, the Boxster and Cayman actually perform remarkably in winter. It’s no surprise, then, that Porsche puts on a number of winter driving events around the world that showcase how agile and controllable their entry-level two-seaters are on ice and snow.
The key to effective winter driving is traction. Traction comes from the tires, but it also comes from steering and handling. Moreover, a vehicle with an almost perfect weight distribution will not only warn the driver of any possible loss of traction, but also allow him or her to easily reestablish stability with a flick of the right pedal or a tiny correction of the steering wheel.
With quality winter tires (important on any vehicle), the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman can easily be driven in any winter condition. The driver always feels in control, and the car will always communicate what is happening. And on those dry winter days when the sun is shining, you’ll have as much fun as you would in the middle of July.
Come and discover our complete inventory of brand new Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman models today at Porsche Center Calgary!
Date Posted: October 30, 2017