Sometimes, we ask what’s in a name. Other times, however, it’s worth asking what’s in a number. In this case, the number is 718, a new designation for the Porsche Cayman, which from 2017 forward will be known as the Porsche 718 Cayman. What should you know about this popular car from Porsche of Nashua? 

The biggest change for the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman comes in the powertrain. The naturally-aspirated six cylinder engine from the last generation is gone in favor of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Purists who love naturally-aspirated engines were dismayed when this was announced, but they need not have worried. With Borg-Warner turbochargers and output of 300 horsepower (in the Porsche 718 Cayman) and a 350 horsepower version in the Porsche 718 Cayman S, they do the Porsche brand proud.

As important as these new engines are, there are other features worth bearing in mind as well. The lower displacement and lighter weight of those engines is complemented by a stiffer frame and lower curb weight, making for agile handling. Other perks include a lower price relative to the car’s fraternal twin. The Porsche Boxster convertible used to be less expensive than the hardtop Cayman, but now the convertible is the more expensive of the two.

And the number? No, we didn’t forget that. It’s a callback to the earlier Porsche 718, a veritable beast on the track. Its powerful engine pushed its innovative space frame to wins in many races in its time, and Porsche AG is certainly looking to catch that lightning in a bottle. On the evidence of the Porsche Cayman, they just might have succeeded.

Set your GPS from Manchester, New Hampshire to your Nashua Porsche dealer at 170 Main Dunstable Road. The best way to evaluate the success of this new Porsche car, after all, is in person during your test drive.