2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Coupe

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman
MSRP range
$53,900 - $66,300
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Pros

  • New turbocharged engines deliver stirring performance while returning improved fuel efficiency numbers
  • Porsche's PDK automated transmission is the best in the business
  • Sharp handling instills confidence
  • It has more cargo space than you'd think

Cons

  • Features that you might expect as standard are often costly options
  • New four-cylinder engines don't sound as good as their six-cylinder predecessors
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718: there is no substitute
smerdyakov, 12/1/2016
Having been interested in Porsche for many years, I began reading reviews of the new 718 series as soon as they began to appear. I finally got the chance to drive one (a base Boxster) about a month ago, and I was very impressed: it was superior in every respect to the 2014 Boxster S that I was driving. After thinking it over for a while, I returned to my dealer last week, and drove the base car again, followed by an S. I was again impressed by the base car, but the S clearly had higher performance. Having had a Boxster, I decided to buy a Cayman this time: better visibility, the ability to take it through a car wash, getting away from troublesome sun glare with the top down and less expensive. My dealer (Checkered Flag in Virginia Beach) gave me an outstanding deal, and I bought my new Cayman S on 11-29-16. If you have read reviews that whine about the noise of the new engines, ignore them: the new engines have a bass note that is very satisfying. The 718 is also superior to its predecessor in every respect - better steering, better ride, better handling, better acceleration. I am very pleased, as anyone will be who is looking for the quintessential sports car.
Where has this car been all my life?!?!
Phil, 12/9/2016
Let's get the disclaimer out of the way first; this is my first Porsche, so I can't do the sound comparison - I'm happy, but I can't compare to "back in the day." What I can say is that this is one fine, well-built, high performing vehicle. This car simply attracted me, especially after I couldn't find much else that appealed to me. Several makes and models seemed to be going for luxury at the expense of performance. I've always preferred cars that I drove, rather than ones that drove me. And those were getting increasingly difficult to find. I've always driven manual transmissions, and several "sport sedans" and even "sport cars" were abandoning them. So I plunked down a deposit in mid-July, knowing I wouldn't get it until around the first of December. It was worth the wait. Is the Porsche 718 Cayman inexpensive? No. But it's also not cheap, either. This is a well put together car with very good materials. It has an intelligent layout that is pretty darn intuitive and easy to understand. It has the smoothest shifting of any of my previous ten cars. I'd always wondered if a car can really feel like "it corners on rails"; now I know one can. The handling of this car, and its responsiveness, is what I'd dream about if I dreamed about "the ultimate car." I wanted a car that would be just plain fun to drive on meandering country roads, and now I've got it. We've all had that one car we felt connected to - I had mine in my late 20s. But this Cayman looks like it will rival, and likely surpass, that connection. I suspect that in a very short time I will know what the car will do, and it will know what I'm up to. I've only had that one other car that generated that level of trust. And the look of this car is stunning (and with better lines than the previous Caymans). Also, a plug for Sun Motor Cars in Pennsylvania, an excellent dealership, is in order. So let's sum it up: looks, handling, the fun quotient, comfort, acceleration, a (gasp!) car with a manual transmission, that feeling of connection, a car that exudes thoughtful class and excellence - yes, this new Cayman checks all the boxes for me. One. Fine. Vehicle.
Wow, I love my New Porsche Cayman S
smrt50, 2/4/2017
I've owned an Porsche Panamera 4 for several years, but decided to trade it in for the new 2017 Porsche Cayman S. One word, "WOW", this vehicle is a totally Amazing. I enjoyed my Panamera 4, but driving the Cayman S will put a Smile on your face for hours. This vehicle is responsive, amazingly fast, and you'll fall in Love on the test drive. I researched this vehicle for several months and the reviews were excellent. After owning my Cayman S for 3 weeks, I have to agree with the Five Star reviews. I love everything about this car, the ride, handling, responsiveness, comfort, and true Porsche Driving experience. I thought I would miss my Panamera 4, but once I got behind the wheel of my new Cayman S only one word comes to mind, "Wow".
Great Performance
Thomas E. Ostberg, 3/19/2018
A wonderfully performing two-seater, with an excellent sound system by Bose. Has superior handling, particularly at speed, and acceleration above sixty miles-per-hour is phenomenal. The engine can be a bit loud during acceleration, but the sound is terrific.
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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman videos

Shh on this episode of let's just call it zero to sixty 101 we have a Porsche Cayman this is not the S it's just the standard came in its got roughly 300 horsepower from the flat four which is right there we've got a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and we're gonna see how fast we can go in a straight line first thing we do before we get in launch control out is just mash the gas to see how fast it goes in the key up settings which is stability control on basically the settings you get ahead you would just turn the car on so to call the key up all right I've talked enough let's just nail the gas and go so clutch engage it's a little long initially to get out of the hole and you know despite this 4-cylinder this flat for having a solid mid-range it does Rev nicely up to let's say it looks like about 7500 rpm which which feels good gearing feels a little tall the initial key up acceleration is it's pretty quick for a 300 horsepower and this is a pretty low weight vehicle - and considering how kind of gradual that launch was that's not a bad performance all things considered but next we'll get into some of the more fun settings or run number - I got this little dial here I'm going to turn to Sport Plus or S Plus that's gonna put the dampers in firm put that and soft so we go the more weight transfer I'm gonna turn stability control off I'm not exactly sure how we getting launch control but maybe this is it we'll find out that's what we do left foot hard on the brake right foots gonna nail the gas Rebs are going to shoot up hopefully and I'm gonna release the brake let's do it wow that's a high launch 6,000 rpm or so and way faster already way faster that cuts significant time off the acceleration Wow so the initial launch the first launch the keyup launch mashing the gas there's a little bit of clutch engage and I want to say it like 3,000 rpm or so when I did it in Sport+ with stability control off the tack shot up to like 6100 6200 rpm release the brake and it's not a quick clutch engagement there's still a little bit of time as the car figures out how to do that as smoothly but also as quickly as possible but the acceleration improvements are massive as I'm saying the raw data right here and you might see right there well do you know one or two more runs just to see if that changes I don't think it will consistency is the name of the game with a car like this because there's not much to change an automatic I can't change the clutch shifting manually is just gonna be slower I've tried it the cars gonna up shift better than I can all right let's put the dampers in firm and see if that affects anything I suspect it won't but let's find out hold the brake right front mash the gas release the brake and that's it Wow it actually goes up to 6500 but it cuts down quickly 300 slower 216 and no change in the corner or I just missed it the first time so what I'm gonna try to do on the last run which probably the last run revs Flair up to 6500 but then kind of get controlled back down to 62 I wonder if if I get off the brake quick enough if I can catch it right as they flare up to 6,500 rpm I suspect that it controls it because there might be a better launch happening at 61 that the transmission and clutches may be able to figure out that launch better but hey more engine speed gets you out of the hole faster provided you have the traction all right last runs okay here we go three two one I didn't get it no well and effectively no change to acceleration that's been a handful of acceleration runs in the Porsche came in zero to 60 101 that title catchy let me let us know if it is or if it is it will keep coming up with them if you like what you see keep it tuned here to youtube.com slash Edmunds and if you want the best car buying resources you can find online go to edmunds.com [Music]

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Acceleration Test

The latest version of the Porsche 718 Cayman may have fewer cylinders, but its new range of turbocharged engines offers more power. How does that translate into forward acceleration? That's what Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago finds out in this acceleration test. Featured in this video is the base model 718 Cayman, which receives motivation from a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four with 300 horsepower. Though a manual transmission is standard, this test car has the fast-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$53,900
MPG
21 city / 28 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed manual
Gas
300 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$66,300
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed manual
Gas
350 hp @ 6500 rpm
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More about the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

The 2017 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 mid-mounted engine for perfect balance and a driving experience that will leave you breathless.

Porsche has redesigned the Cayman for 2017, in tandem with its drop-top sibling, the Boxster. It gets a new "718" to go along with its name, too. Visually, the car looks a lot like last year's Cayman, but there are significant changes underneath.

Most notably, the 2017 Porsche 718 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 PDK dual-clutch automatic. Edmunds has not yet track-tested the Cayman, but 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, while a Cayman S will do it in 4.0 seconds.

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 mid-mounted engine. You can pack in a lot, but large suitcases and golf clubs will need to ride in the cabin.

As for the driving experience, we haven't had enough seat time to pass judgement, but our experience with the closely related 718 Boxster has us very optimistic. We were big fans of the outgoing Cayman, which was quick, lively and electrifying to drive. We've been equally impressed by the new 718 Boxster, though we do miss the six-cylinder soundtrack — the four-cylinder engine just doesn't sound as good — and we're not sure the hard ride of the optional Porsche Active Suspension Management is worth the improvement in handling over the standard setup.

Porsche sells the Cayman in Base and S trims, the primary differentiator being the engine. Standard equipment is pretty thin compared to other luxury-sport coupes, 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 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman for you.

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Coupe Overview

The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Coupe is offered in the following styles: 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M).

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