2018 Porsche 718 Cayman
- Outstanding handling capabilities
- Engines deliver stirring performance and high fuel economy
- Exceptional build quality
- Wide range of customization options
- Unrefined engine and exhaust noises, especially in the base Cayman
- Tech features list is thin and interface could be better
Porsche 718 Cayman years
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which 718 Cayman does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Last year, the Porsche Cayman gained a new numerical name (718 is shared between it and its Boxster convertible sibling), incremental improvements to its handling and fundamental changes to its available engines. It didn't look that different, but there was a lot happening underneath the sheet metal.
Just like last year, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman features turbocharged four-cylinder engines. These new engines outdo their six-cylinder predecessors in terms of output and fuel economy. But we're disappointed in the way they sound: They don't provide the high-revving excitement of the old flat-sixes.
That's the only area where the revised Cayman isn't clearly better, though. The steering is quicker and sharper, the brakes are more powerful, and the optional adaptive suspension gained an increase in adjustability. There's also a revised stability control system that provides more of a safety net out on the road in Normal and gives you more leeway in Sport.
This year's Cayman is pretty much unchanged, and we're just fine with that. If you're seeking a pure driver's car, there are few out there that can match the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is a two-seat coupe available in Cayman and Cayman S trim levels. (The 718 Boxster is the convertible version and reviewed separately.) The Cayman has a turbocharged 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine (a flat-four) good for 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The Cayman S has a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four good for 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission (Porsche's PDK) is optional.
Standard features on the 718 Cayman include 18-inch wheels, performance summer tires, xenon headlights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, six-way adjustable seats (power backrest adjustments, manual all others), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, partial leather upholstery, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player and satellite radio.
The 718 Cayman S only differs in its more powerful engine and 19-inch wheels.
Like every Porsche, the options list is extensive, allowing for a great deal of customization. Performance add-ons include a selection of 19- and 20-inch wheels, a steering upgrade for lighter low-speed effort, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that adds adaptive dampers and lowers ride height 10mm (the Cayman S is eligible for PASM Sport that lowers it 20 millimeters), Porsche Torque Vectoring (a brake-based differential), ceramic composite brakes and a sport exhaust.
There's also the Porsche Sport Chrono package, which includes dynamic transmission mounts, a digital and analog stopwatch mounted atop the dash, a driving mode switch on the steering wheel, launch control (for PDK models), an additional performance display, and a Sport response button that sharpens engine and transmission response for 20 seconds.
Comfort and convenience options include adaptive headlights, LED adaptive headlights, headlight washers, auto-dimming mirrors, a rear window wiper, power-folding mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated seats, 14-way power-adjustable seats, upgraded seats with more aggressive bolstering and either manual or power adjustments, several types of upgrade leather and upholstery, a navigation system, Car Connect (includes Apple CarPlay and a variety of emergency services), Car Connect Plus (adds a 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot), updatable navigation maps and online navigation system elements, a 10-speaker Bose audio upgrade and a 12-speaker premium Burmester audio system.
Noise & vibration1
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out3
Audio & navigation2
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite 718 Cayman safety features:
- Porsche Active Safe
- Detects stopped vehicles ahead, alerts the driver and brakes if necessary. Included with adaptive cruise control.
- Lane Change Assist
- Monitors the car's blind spot and signals the driver via a series of lights at the base of the front roof pillars.
- Porsche Car Connect
- Uses your smartphone connection to automatically alert emergency services in the event of an accident. Remote door locking also included.
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman for Sale
The 2018 Porsche Cayman is the company's entry-level coupe, but don't let that fool you. This is one of the best-performing sports cars for any price, with a midmounted engine for perfect balance and a driving experience that will leave you breathless.
Porsche redesigned the Cayman last year, in tandem with its drop-top sibling, the Boxster. It got a new "718" to go along with its name, too. Visually, the car looks a lot like the previous Cayman, but there are significant changes underneath.
Most notably, the Cayman no longer has six-cylinder powerplants. Instead, it has turbocharged four-cylinders. The base model gets a 2.0-liter engine that produces 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while the Cayman S gets a 2.5-liter engine putting out 350 hp and 309 lb-ft. Both engines can be had with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK automatic. Porsche tells us that the 2.0-liter car with a PDK and the Sport Chrono package will get to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and that a Cayman S will do it in 4 seconds. We managed 4.6 seconds from a Cayman S with the traditional manual. (Yes, the automatic is quicker.)
The 718 Cayman's interior is nicely set up for two. Quality, as we have come to expect from Porsche, is impeccable, and the 718 Cayman has a long list of options that allow the driver to create a cabin environment best suited to his or her tastes. The dash layout features a lot of buttons, but Porsche has grouped them logically. Like the Boxster, the 718 Cayman splits its storage space into two small trunks, offering 5.3 cubic feet of space in the nose and 4.4 behind the midmounted engine. You can pack in a lot, but large suitcases and golf clubs will need to ride in the cabin, which is obviously not ideal.
As for the driving experience, the 718 Cayman is quick, lively and electrifying to drive. Its handling is even better than it was before and its new engines have actually improved performance. Unfortunately, they're also a bit unpleasant to listen to and lack the audible thrill of the old six-cylinders. Something has been gained, but something has also been lost.
Porsche sells the Cayman in Base and S trims, the primary differentiator being the engine. Standard equipment is pretty thin compared to what other luxury sport coupes offer, but like other Porsche models, the 718 Cayman offers an extraordinarily long options list, with enough expensive goodies to literally double the price of the car. Edmunds can help find the perfect 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman for you.
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Overview
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is offered in the following submodels: 718 Cayman Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and GTS 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M).
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman?
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $99,110. The average price paid for a new 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $100 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is0.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $68,750. The average price paid for a new 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $100 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $100 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$68,650.
The average savings for the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is0.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $56,350. The average price paid for a new 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $100 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $100 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$56,250.
The average savings for the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is0.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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