The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is exactly what enthusiasts want out of a luxury sports car — high-level performance, sophisticated interior and first-rate reliability. The 718 Cayman is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 300 horsepower while the Cayman S is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine producing 350 horsepower. True to their sportscar pedigree, both engines are mated either to a 6-speed manual transmissions or Porsche's lightning-quick PDK automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.
The cabin matches the standards of its performance with premium materials and the outstanding Porsche craftsmanship. With the combination of performance, quality and pricing, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is one of the smartest purchases you can make if you're in the market for a luxury sports car.
In comparing the Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S to the Corvette Grand Sport, we find the Porsche models in an unusual position — the least expensive cars of the bunch. The 718 Cayman starts at a base price of $55,300 MSRP, and while the Corvette starts as low as $65,495 MSRP. We also acknowledge that for $55,000 nobody wants a stripped-down car. So, for the comparison below, we optioned the 718 Cayman models with a Premium Package consisting of 14-way Power Heated and Ventilated Seats, Automatically Dimming Mirrors with Integrated Rain Sensor, 2-zone Automatic Climate Control and much more. We also added some necessary center-stack options like Navigation, an upgraded Bose® Audio System, and Connect Plus which adds a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay™ complete with Google Earth Navigation, real-time traffic info, and access to your phone's apps.
Some of these great features, such as the heated/ventilated front seats and outside auto-dimming mirrors are not even available on the Corvette Grand Sport. Though features like a Bose® Audio System, Apple CarPlay™ and a Wi-Fi hotspot do come standard, you'll still have a lower price tag when you add those features to the Porsche Cayman.
|SPECIFICATIONS||2018 718 Cayman||2018 718 Cayman S||2018 Corvette Grand Sport|
|ENGINE||2.0L Turbocharged 4-cyl||2.5L Turbocharged 4-cyl||6.2L LT1 V8|
|WEIGHT||2,944 lbs.||2,988 lbs.||3,428 lbs.|
|HORSEPOWER||300 HP||350 HP||460 HP|
|TORQUE||280 lb-ft||309 lb-ft||465 lb-ft|
|0-60 TIME||4.9 Seconds||4.4 Seconds||3.6 Seconds|
|TOP SPEED||170 MPH||177 MPH||186 MPH|
It's clear the Corvette Grand Sport holds a performance advantage in terms of horsepower, 0-60 times and top track speeds, but it also holds a substantial disadvantage in terms of weight. The Corvette is nearly 500 pounds heavier than the Porsche Cayman. 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: