The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S are becoming available at Porsche of Ann Arbor, and if you know what's good for you, you'll want to come test drive one soon. The 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S pricing finally makes sense with Porsche pricing the 718 Boxster's hard-topped cousin below the convertible model. It never made much sense why the coupe had a higher price than the convertible, but those days are finally history.
Starting at just $55,300 ($2,100 below the equivalent 718 Boxster) the turbocharged flat-four engine that powers the Porsche 718 Cayman develops an additional 35 horsepower than previous models and more noticeably, also delivers 78 more lb-ft of torque. By the numbers that means the new 718 Cayman with a PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono package will sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, while an identically optioned 718 Cayman S will do it in 4.0; faster than the $103,430 Lotus Evora 400 that we compare it to below.
In comparing the new Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S to some high-powered 2-seat sportscar competitors, we find the Porsche models in an unusual position: the least expensive cars of the bunch. Both the American icon Corvette Stingray and the British Lotus Evora 400 have starting prices from a few thousand dollars more in the case of the Corvette to nearly double in the case of the Lotus.
The 718 Cayman starts at a base price of $55,300, and while the Corvette starts as low as $65,495, we compare the more performance-minded 2018 Corvette Grand Sport here. We also acknowledge that for $55,000 nobody wants a stripped-down car. So, we optioned the 718 Cayman models with a Premium Package consisting of 14-way power heated and ventilated seats and Porsche's keyless Entry & Drive feature. We also added some necessary center-stack options like Navigation, an upgraded BOSE audio system, and Connect Plus which adds a 4G wifi hotspot and Apple Car Play complete with Google Earth Navigation, real-time traffic info, and access to your phone's apps.
|SPECIFICATIONS||2018 718 Cayman||2018 718 Cayman S||2018 Lotus Evora 400||2018 Corvette Grand Sport|
|ENGINE||2.0L Turbocharged 4-cyl||2.5L Turbocharged 4-cyl||3.5L Supercharged V6||6.2L LT1 V8|
|WEIGHT||2,944 lbs.||2,988 lbs.||3,428 lbs.||3,428 lbs.|
|HORSEPOWER||300 HP||350 HP||400 HP||460 HP|
|TORQUE||280 lb-ft||309 lb-ft||302 lb-ft||465 lb-ft|
|0-60 TIME||4.9 Seconds||4.4 Seconds||4.1 Seconds||3.6 Seconds|
|TOP SPEED||170 MPH||177 MPH||186 MPH||186 MPH|
It's clear that the Lotus and Corvette Grand Sport hold a performance advantage in terms of horsepower, 0-60 times and top track speeds, but they also hold a substantial disadvantage in terms of weight. The Corvette is nearly 500 pounds heavier and even the Lotus, a brand known for agile sports cars, is almost 200 pounds heavier. How do you think that extra weight is going to affect performance under hard braking or as you turn into a high-speed corner?
The 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S are lighter, more agile and nimble on the track, and definitely more luxuriously equipped for your day-to-day driving experience. Not a bad combination for a Porsche that also wins on price.
Three easy paths to experience the new Porsche 718 Cayman for yourself: