As with its soft-top 718 Boxster roadster sibling, the Porsche 718 Cayman marks both a new generation and, as obliquely suggested by the addition of the "718" to its name, a switch to four-cylinder power.
A racing car fielded in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the original Porsche 718 used four-cylinder engines to great effect. As such, the newer Cayman features turbocharged four-cylinder power instead of its previous flat-six engines. Although you might initially assume this is a downgrade, the new engines are in fact both more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the outgoing sixes. Porsche also retuned the Cayman's suspension and steering systems to provide even greater handling capability and driver engagement than before.
Though some enthusiasts will lament the loss of the flat-sixes' sweeter song, overall the 718 Cayman is better in virtually every other way, and that's a tiny price to pay for an even more entertaining sports car.
Current Porsche 718 Cayman The Porsche 718 Cayman is a two-passenger, mid-engine sports car that, apart from its coupe body style, is similar to its convertible top sibling, the 718 Boxster. The latter is covered in a separate review.
Although this is a new-generation Cayman, the changes to its styling both inside and out are subtly evolutionary, lending a modern crispness to the car's traditional, curvaceous form. A notable improvement to the handsome interior is an upgraded touchscreen for the infotainment interface. In short, the company took an already excellent sports car and made it better. Considering the high regard for the previous Cayman, this is indeed quite a feat.
As the company's entry-level hardtop sports car, the 718 Cayman is offered in base and S trim levels. A few of the more notable standard features on the base version include xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, partial leather upholstery and a rearview camera. The chief upgrades of the higher-performance S include a more powerful engine and larger wheels. An incredibly long and pricey options roster allows the ultimate in personalization. But buyers can conceivably double the base price of the car provided they've checked enough boxes.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower is found in the base 718 Cayman, while the S variant sports a 2.5-liter version making 350 hp. In either case, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, and Porsche's PDK dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic gearbox is optional. Regardless of trim level and transmission, this is a very quick car, with the zero-to-60-mph dash in the range of 4.0 to 4.9 seconds.
On the road, the turbocharged engine in either form provides a notable increase in performance. Thanks to a fatter powerband and increased torque output, acceleration is even more spirited than in the older cars with the admittedly sweeter-sounding flat-sixes, especially at lower rpm. On the move through a twisty road, the updates to the suspension and steering have made this platform even more athletic and rewarding to drive than the prior one. That's very high praise indeed, given that the previous Boxster and Cayman were considered top picks in their respective classes.
Used Porsche 718 Cayman Models The 718 Cayman debuted for 2017 and hasn't had any major changes since. Before 2017, the car was simply known as the Porsche Cayman.
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: 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). 718 Cayman models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 365 hp, depending on engine type. The 2018 718 Cayman comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The 2018 718 Cayman comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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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 $76040. 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.
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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 $70540. 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 $70440.
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