Re-introduced last year, the Porsche Cayman gained additional new numerical names (718 sharing with its Boxster convertibles siblings), a gradual improvement to its handling and fundamental changes to the engine used. It does not look different, but there is a lot going on under the sheet metal.
Like last year, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman still uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This new engine outperformed its six-cylinder predecessors in terms of power and efficiency. Disappointment is just the way they sound, it does not give the high-revving excitement like the old flat-sixes.
It’s the only one where the revised Cayman is not clearly better. The brakes are more powerful, the steering is sharper and quicker, and the optional adaptive suspension gets improvement in adjustability. The revised stability control system also provides more road safety nets in Normal mode and gives you more freedom in Sports mode.
Overall, if you are looking for a pure driver car, there only few that can match the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is a two-seat luxury sport coupe available in Cayman, Cayman S and GTS trim levels.
Standard equipment for the 718 Cayman include performance summer tires, 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, water-repellent side windows, an auto-deployed rear spoiler, a universal garage door opener, full power accessories, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, six-way adjustable sport seats with electric backrest adjustments, partial leather upholstery, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio and a CD player.
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S only differs in its more powerful engine and 19-inch wheels. The new GTS trim gets a tuned version of the 2.5-liter engine and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Porsche also offers a long list of options for further customization. Stand-alone option include several 19 and 20-inch wheels, a sport exhaust, ceramic composite brakes, a steering upgrade for lighter low-speed effort, Porsche Torque Vectoring (a brake-based differential) and 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).
Comfort and convenience options include keyless entry and ignition, LED adaptive headlights, adaptive headlights, headlight washers, a rear window wiper, auto-dimming mirrors, power-folding mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, 14-way power-adjustable seats, ventilated and heated seats, upgraded leather and upholstery, upgraded seats with more aggressive bolstering and either power or manual adjustments, a navigation system, a 10-speaker Bose audio upgrade, a 12-speaker premium Burmester audio system, updatable navigation maps and online navigation system elements, Car Connect (Apple CarPlay and emergency services) and Car Connect Plus (adds Wi-Fi hotspot and a 4G LTE connection).
The Porsche Sport Chrono package adds launch control (PDK models), dynamic transmission mounts, a driving mode switch on the steering wheel, an additional performance display, a digital and analog stopwatch mounted atop the dash, and a Sport response button that sharpens engine and transmission response for 20 seconds.
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine (a flat-four) mounted directly behind the seats. It generates 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. A seven-speed automated dual-clutch transmission (PDK) is available as an option. Porsche estimates the 718 Cayman with PDK and Sport Chrono package will accelerate to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed 170 mph.
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (flat-four) that produces 350 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque. It is estimated to reach 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds and a top speed 177 mph.
The new 718 Cayman GTS uses a tuned version of the 2.5-liter engine that producing 365 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Porsche says the GTS only need 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph when equipped with the PDK and 4.4 seconds with the manual.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the 718 Cayman stand at 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) with the manual and 25 mpg combined (22 city/29 highway) with the PDK. The 718 Cayman S is rated at 22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway) for the manual and 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) with the PDK. The GTS stand at 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway) for the manual and 22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway) with the PDK.
Like many other Porsche models, the 2018 718 Cayman interior is very smooth when compared to the previous generation, and that’s a good thing. The cabin is smartly designed for easier use, and the quality of the materials used is undoubtedly excellent. There are many buttons, but logically placed and well labeled.
Sport coupe is known for its inconvenience, but the 2018 Porsche Cayman 718 did well thanks to two separate cargo spaces. In front, under what used to be the engine bay, there are a 5.3 cubic feet of space. Behind the engine, where you expect a trunk, there are another 4.4 cubic feet.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Porsche Cayman 718 is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Direct competition includes the BMW M2, Audi TTS, and Chevrolet Corvette coupe.
Official price for the Cayman base trim starts at $56,350 (after a $1,050 destination fee). The Cayman S trim carries a price-tag of $68,750 and the GTS starting at $80,850.