How would you improve the 718 series cayman? I'd fit a Ferrari v8. SACRILEGE?
The four-cylinder unit fitted to Porsche's new 718 Cayman (and Boxter) has come in for some stiff criticism. The switch to turbocharged four pots was always going to raise eyebrows but the widespread condemnation of the power plant must be generating some discomfort in Germany.
Though the car remains a class leader, the consensus suggests the new engine is a tangible step backwards when measured by driver satisfaction relative to the previous flat-six units.
Indeed, even before the current exercise in cylinder and capacity reduction, Porsche's pair of junior sports cars were already dogged by two very specific "ifs".
1) "If only", said every teenage fan, "they put a real engine in that thing?"
2) "What if", pondered every owner, "I had another 100bhp?"
The "ifs" were partially answered by the brilliant GT4 but will now be revisited again and again unless Porsche can find romance in small capacity turbocharging.
However, this dilemma does provide an exciting thought experiment. Namely, what engine would most improve the 718 Cayman?
Controversially, I'm going to suggest a Cayman fitted with a 4.5-litre V8 plucked straight from the heart of a red 458 would make a very enticing proposition. I accept this relationship is breaking some form of unwritten code but just imagine the fun to be had.
How, dear reader, would you improve the 718 Cayman and which other modern cars could benefit from a heart transplant? Toyota GT86? Get posting down below.