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.
When you’re in the market for a luxury two-seat sportscar, the last thing you’re looking for is a “base model” without options. So although it would be easy to say that in it’s “base” configuration, the Cayman holds a price advantage over the Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC43, we went the more likely route of optioning each of the cars below with 14-way Power Heated and Ventilated Seats, Automatically Dimming Mirrors with Integrated Rain Sensor, and 2-zone Automatic Climate Control as well as some necessary center-stack options like Navigation, an upgraded Audio System, and Apple CarPlay™. Spoiler Alert – the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is still less expensive after a full list of options as you can see in the chart below.
Car & Driver ranks the AMG SLC 43 ninth amongst all sportscars. Want to take a guess at what car they rank first? Second Spoiler Alert – of course it’s the Porsche 718 Cayman!
|SPECIFICATIONS||2018 718 Cayman||2018 718 Cayman S||2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43|
|ENGINE||2.0L Turbocharged 4-cyl||2.5L Turbocharged 4-cyl||3.0L Biturbo V-6|
|WEIGHT||2,944 lbs.||2,988 lbs.||3,541 lbs.|
|HORSEPOWER||300 HP||350 HP||362 HP|
|TORQUE||280 lb-ft||309 lb-ft||384 lb-ft|
|0-60 TIME||4.9 Seconds||4.4 Seconds||4.6 Seconds|
|TOP SPEED||170 MPH||177 MPH||155 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: