0 - 62 mph5.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2213 g/km

This 718 Cayman ditches the old flat six engine of its predecessors in favour of a more efficient turbocharged four cylinder powerplant for mainstream varaints, yet still offers more power. As for the name, well in case you were wondering, the '718' reference refers not to the engine but a series of classic Porsche mid-engined models that won numerous races in the 1950s and '60s. Enough with the briefing; what's this car like?


Poor man's Porsche or the world's finest all-round driver's sportscar? Jonathan Crouch checks out the Porsche 718 Cayman coupe.

Ten Second Review

This 718 Cayman ditches the old flat six engine of its predecessors in favour of a more efficient turbocharged four cylinder powerplant for mainstream varaints, yet still offers more power. As for the name, well in case you were wondering, the '718' reference refers not to the engine but a series of classic Porsche mid-engined models that won numerous races in the 1950s and '60s. Enough with the briefing; what's this car like?


As ever, Porsche determinedly refutes suggestions that what we have here is simply 'a Boxster with a roof' but that's essentially what it boils down to. Not that there's much wrong with that, the exemplary handling balance of the brand's entry-level model enhanced by a body almost twice as stiff, enough to make this car the darling of the red mist brigade in the motoring press, if not as strong a seller as its maker would have liked. So what to do? Porsche could certainly make this car quicker, even sharper to drive, more efficient to run and higher tech to use - and sure enough, all of that was done for the launch of the original version of this third generation model, back in 2013. It wasn't quite enough, even with the subsequent launch of more focused GTS and GT4 versions. Will this 718 version fare any better? It'll be interesting to see...

Driving Experience

So, what's it like? Well, the cabin envelopes you like a proper sports car should. You sit low, and there are no seats behind you; just a bulkhead that separates you from the flat four turbo engine, just thirty centimetres from the small of your back. That'll be either a 2.0-litre 300PS unit if you've opted for the standard Cayman or Cayman T. Or a 2.5-litre 350PS powerplant if you've chosen the Cayman S. If you're wondering, that's now equal to what you'd get from the same engines fitted to equivalent Boxster models. If you want a six cylinder engine, there's also a 4.0-litre 400PS unit for the Cayman GTS, also available in 420PS form in the track-focused Cayman GT4. All the powerplants are, as ever in a Cayman, mid-mounted, that being the major point of differentiation between this entry-level Porsche coupe and its pricier 911 stablemate, which has its powerplant slung out behind the back wheels. Here, in contrast, it's hunkered down in the middle of the car, something that has all sorts of beneficial effects on this car's handling dynamics. Even if you don't plan to thrash round the Nurburgring, you'll notice a balance and friendliness to a driving experience that feels, well, just right. You'll be wanting some numbers. The basic 2.0-litre Cayman with a PDK auto 'box and the Sport Chrono package will accelerate to 62mph in 4.7 seconds and run onto 170mph. Go to the other extreme and plump for a 2.5-litre Cayman S with PDK and Sport Chrono and you'll be able to demolish the 62mph sprint in just 4.2 seconds with the engine pulling strongly from 4,000rpm and taking on a lovely guttural bark as the revs rise towards the red line and the cars hurls itself on towards a top speed of 177mph.Turn-in is crisp at whatever speed you choose and body roll's well contained too. What we have here is a masterclass in sportscar excellence.

Design and Build

Does it look like a 911? The uninitiated might think so but visually at least, the Cayman is no longer a lesser, rather clumsy copy of that car. As for the '718' series changes, your eye is immediately drawn to the nose with its much sharper profile and ultra-slim Bi-Xenon front lights above the air intakes. In profile, there are strikingly sculptured wheel-arches and side sills - and a wider look to the rear, emphasised by a high-gloss black strip with integrated Porsche badge between the redesigned tail lights. Behind the wheel, the upper part of the dash panel including the air vents is new. The smarter sports steering wheel is fashioned in a '918 Spyder' design. Plus an extensive range of connectivity options have been added to the 718 cockpit, along with the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system as (at last) a standard feature. Mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and the 150-watt Sound Package Plus are all part of this package. Practicality remains as before, with a 275-litre boot out back and a further 150-litre compartment in the front. That means a 425-litre total that's actually more than you get in a Volkswagen Golf. A two-seater Porsche sportscar that carries more gear than your average family hatch? The surprises keep on coming.

Market and Model

What Porsche advertise the Cayman at and what it rolls out of dealerships costing are usually two quite different things but in terms of list pricing, if you think of the base 2.0-litre model as costing around £45,000 (the T version is around £52,000) and the 2.5-litre S variant as being pitched at about £54,000, then you won't go too far wrong. The GTS six cylinder is around £64,000 and the GT4 around £75,000. To save you checking, that means a Cayman is priced very similarly to its Boxster open-topped counterpart. The standard Cayman features 19" alloy wheels, auto stop/start and sports mode, an audio CD system with colour touch-screen control, a universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity and a three year warranty. A central feature of the new interior is Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and the Sound Package Plus with 110 watts of audio power. PCM can be extended with optional modules to thoroughly adapt it to personal requirements. For instance, the navigation module including voice control is available, which makes it easy to input driving destinations. In addition, the Connect Plus module is available as an extension of the navigation module; it provides online navigation services and enhanced online audio features. With Porsche Vehicle Tracking System Plus (PVTS+) as standard, the 718 Cayman offers the highest class of vehicle security. All new Cayman customers also get the opportunity to explore the potential of their car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone. It's hard to imagine a more enjoyable day you could spend with your new toy.

Cost of Ownership

So to the efficiency figures. The launch of the 718 Cayman represents a return by the brand to building sports coupes with flat four-cylinder 'boxer' engines. The addition of a turbocharger significantly boosts torque while improving fuel economy. In the 2.0-litre 718 Cayman, the four-cylinder flat engine with PDK has a Combined fuel consumption figure of up to 33.2mpg and up to 193g/km of CO2 (both WLTP). In the 2.5-litre 718 Cayman S, the 2.5-litre turbo engine with PDK returns up to 31.0mpg and up to 207g/km (both WLTP). Each 718 model is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) auto transmission, which now features fuel-saving 'virtual gears' previously introduced on the 911 model series, is available as an option. The PDK transmission features a 'sailing' mode whereby the engine is decoupled during periods of trailing throttle or on longer downhill sections, dropping the engine revs to a mere 700rpm, further saving fuel. Prod the throttle and it will instantly resume duty. Residual values have held up reasonably well on the last Cayman and there's no reason to believe that this model won't follow suit. Here, it seems, is a car you can buy with your head as well as your heart.


Whether this improved Cayman can finally upstage its pricier 911 stablemate - or indeed whether this is the car a modern 911 really should be.... well, we can't help wondering whether these are really irrelevant questions. If you like one of these Porsches, you'll probably be unconvinced by the other, with fundamental differences that are small but highly significant. As ever, perhaps a closer rival to the 718 Cayman is the car it was designed upon - the 718 Boxster, which drives almost as well and offers the option of open-top summer driving. Ultimately, what it boils down to is that Porsche has two brilliant cars on its books and as problems go, that's not a bad one to have. What's not in doubt is that the Cayman makes the dilemma of where to spend a sports coupe budget limited in the £40,000 to £50,000 bracket about as straightforward as it can be. In the real world, it's one of the quickest cars you can drive and one that makes you feel special every time you sit in it. True, the asking price isn't cheap, the options are expensive and there are more powerful rivals that cost the same. But it's also true that for the money, nothing else offers as complete a driving experience.

  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Top tinted windscreen
  • Power windows with one touch operation and door seal protection
  • Windscreen washer system with two wiper speeds and washer jets
  • Wide opening rear hatch with heated screen

  • Electrically controlled parking brake
  • Front and rear lightweight spring strut axle
  • Anti-slip regulation

  • Porsche Stability Management (PSM) with ABS, advanced brake functions
  • Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sport suspension with lowered 20mm ride height

  • Instrument cluster with central rev counter and high-resolution 4.6 inch colour display
  • Digital displays for vehicle speed, chosen gear, odometer, trip odometer and clock

  • Mirror upper trims painted in agate grey
  • Electrically adjustable heated exterior mirrors on door waist rails, aspherical on driver's side

  • High gloss black interior trim

  • VarioCam Plus variable valve timing and lift
  • Turbocharger with intercooler
  • Gasoline particulate filter
  • Two seater vehicle with mid mounted engine
  • Direct fuel injection (DFI)
  • Integrated dry-sump lubrication with an on-demand oil pump
  • Two three-way catalytic converters and on-board diagnostics for monitoring emission control system
  • Aluminium block and cylinder heads
  • Water cooled with thermal management
  • 4 valves per cylinder

  • Integrated 4G/LTE compatible SIM including data for the Porsche Connect Services
  • Integrated compatible SIM including Porsche Connect Services
  • Wifi and music streaming

  • Intelligent lightweight body in Aluminium/Steel composite construction
  • Automatically extending rear spoiler
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Twin tract sports exhaust system with black central twin tailpipe in stainless steel
  • 718 Cayman T stripes in agate grey
  • Door opening loops in black

  • Automatic headlight activation including welcome home lighting
  • Separate auxiliary lights in the front end with LED indicators and position lights

  • Adjustable fan with air recirculation and defroster functions

  • Storage compartments in each doors
  • Two individual cup holders (integral to dashboard trim strip)
  • Elevated centre console with uncovered storage compartment and closed storage compartment
  • 12V sockets in passenger footwell
  • Seat centres in sport tex, side bolsters and headrests in leather
  • Porsche logo in high gloss silver colour
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Front and rear luggage compartments
  • Clothes hooks on front seat backrests
  • Gloss black interior door handles

  • Footwell illumination
  • LED reading lights, orientation, ignition lock, additionally luggage compartment and glove compartment lighting

  • Sport chrono pack - Cayman

  • Porsche side impact protection doors with thorax airbag in outer backrest side bolster and head airbag for driver/passenger in door panel
  • Full size driver and passenger airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • 3 point automatic seatbelts
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters

  • Heated seats
  • Front headrests

  • Alarm system with interior surveillance
  • Engine immobiliser with in key transponder, central locking and remote control

  • Rear wheel drive
  • 6 speed manual transmission with dual mass flywheel
  • Porsche TORQUE Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock

  • CO2 (g/km): 200
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 213
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 321
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 330
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 211
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 217
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 189
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 198
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 203
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 213

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: FLAT 4
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 91
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 76
  • CC: 1988

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 25
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 44.8
  • EC Combined (mpg): 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 19.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 19.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 29.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 14.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 14.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.6

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 43E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: T
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - KW: 220
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 280
  • Engine Torque - NM: 380
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2150
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.1
  • Top Speed: 170
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 38.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: CARRERA S
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/35 ZR20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 265/35 ZR20
  • Tyre Size Spare: N
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 1994
  • Height: 1276
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4379
  • Width: 1801
  • Wheelbase: 2475

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1350
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 54
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 272
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Rear wiper: £245

  • Porsche ceramic composite brake (PCCB) with yellow brake caliper: £5,177
  • Front and rear 4 piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers, disc internally vented and cross drilled, front/rear disc diameter, brake calipers in black: Included

  • Board briefcase leather: £270
  • Board briefcase carbon matt: £506
  • Floor mats with leather edging: £261
  • Floor mats: Included
  • Leather edging personalised floor mats: £336

  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including online navigation module, mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and voice control system: £0

  • Electromechanical direct steering with variable steering ratio and steering pulse generator: Included
  • Power steering plus: £185
  • Reversing camera including front and rear park assist: £1,086
  • Cruise control: £228
  • Adaptive cruise control: £1,094
  • Rear park assist: £362
  • Front and rear park assist: £623
  • Lane change assistant: £413

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £203

  • Speed limit indicator: £236
  • Apple carplay including siri voice control: £0

  • Electrically folding exterior mirrors including courtesy lighting: £210
  • Automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor: £345

  • Sport chrono stopwatch instrument dial in guards red: £245
  • Sport chrono stopwatch instrument dial in Racing yellow: £245
  • Sport chrono stopwatch instrument dial in white: £245
  • Climate control panel painted: £380
  • Climate control panel leather: £380
  • Racing yellow instrument dials: £345
  • Guards red instrument dials: £345
  • White instrument dials: £345
  • Instrument dials and rev counter with 'Cayman T' / 'Boxster T' logo in white: Included
  • High gloss dashboard trim strips and centre console trim painted in black: Included

  • 64 litre fuel tank: £84
  • 54 litre fuel tank: Included

  • BOSE surround sound system: £834
  • Burmester high end surround sound system: £2,769
  • DAB Digital radio: £0
  • Navigation including porsche with connect module, wireless internet access, carfinder, remote vehicle status, remote service and vehicle track: £0

  • Deletion of model designation on doors: £0
  • Model designation on rear apron in agate grey: Included
  • High gloss black painted in side window and window triangle trims: £329
  • Front air intake painted on slats: £345
  • 718 logo: £0
  • Exclusive design fuel filler cap: £93
  • Painted rear apron: £329
  • Metallic paint: £632
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Model designation deletion: £0
  • Special Metallic paint: £1,658
  • Painted rear air intake grilles: £329

  • Headlight cleaning system covers painted in deviating exterior colour: £143
  • Bi-Xenon tinted headlights in black including porsche dynamic light system: £1,002
  • LED main headlights including porsche dynamic light system plus (PDLS plus): £1,397
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights: Included
  • LED taillights and integral 4 point brake lights and reversing lights: Included
  • Painted headlight cleaning system covers: £143
  • Tinted tail lights: £434

  • Air conditioning system with integrated active carbon filter: Included
  • Two zone automatic climate control: £539

  • Illuminated stainless steel personalised door sill guards: £548
  • Black fabric rooflining: Included
  • Aluminium pedals: £185
  • Passenger footwell storage net: £0
  • Leather fuse box cover: £185
  • Inner door sill guards in leather: £324
  • Steering column casing covered in leather: £231
  • Alcantara roof lining: £711
  • Heated multi function steering wheel: £329
  • GT sports steering wheel and Race tex gear lever: £531
  • Sports look pedals and footrest: £126
  • Door sill guards with model designation logo: Included
  • Leather vehicle key painted with key pouch: £261
  • Sport-tex square leather interior: £1,242
  • GT sports steering wheel with manual fore/aft and height adjustment: Included

  • Interior pack - Cayman: £1,655
  • Leather door trim pack - Cayman: £336
  • Leather interior pack - Cayman (without leather interior): £434
  • Smoking pack - Cayman: £38
  • SportDesign pack painted in high gloss black - Cayman: £2,096
  • Exterior painted package - 718 Boxster /Cayman: £918
  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - Cayman: Included
  • Interior pack in combination with with Sport-tex leather with contrasting colour - Cayman: £1,809
  • Sound package plus - Cayman: Included
  • Light design pack - Cayman: £210
  • SportDesign pack - Cayman: £1,767
  • Leather interior pack - Cayman (with leather interior): £518
  • Dashboard trim pack in leather - Cayman: £783

  • Porsche metallic - Carrara white: £632
  • Porsche metallic - GT silver: £632
  • Porsche metallic - Jet Black: £632

  • Porsche solid - White: £0
  • Porsche solid - Black: £0
  • Porsche solid - Guards Red: £0
  • Porsche solid - Racing yellow: £0

  • Porsche special metallic - Miami Blue: £1,658
  • Porsche special metallic - Lava orange: £1,658
  • Porsche special metallic - Python green: £1,658

  • Seat belts in Lizard green: £194
  • Seat belts coloured in racing yellow: £194
  • Seat belts in silver grey: £194
  • Seatbelts in Miami blue: £194
  • Fire extinguisher: £105
  • Seatbelts in Guards Red: £194
  • Seatbelt buckles - leather: £312

  • Seat ventilation: £657
  • Full bucket seat: £3,788
  • Sports seat plus backrests in leather: £947
  • 18 way electric adaptive sports seat plus: £1,734
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting points on passenger seat: £126
  • 2way electric sport seat plus side bolster, electric backrest, manual adjust height/fore/aft, 718 headrest, backrest shell with silver grey finish: Included

  • Porsche entry and drive system: £497

  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - Black: £0
  • Sport-tex leather interior - Black: £1,242
  • Sport-tex leather interior with contrasting colour - GT Silver: £1,242
  • Sport-tex leather interior with contrasting colour - Guards red: £1,242
  • Sport-tex leather interior with contrasting colour - Racing yellow: £1,242
  • Sport-tex leather interior with contrasting colour - Lizard green: £1,242
  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - GT Silver: £0
  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - Guards Red: £0
  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - Lizard green: £0
  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - Racing yellow: £0

  • Race-Tex sunvisors: £291
  • Leather sunvisors: £291

  • Wheels painted in satin black: £501

  • 20" Carrera sport alloy wheels: £921
  • 20 inch Carrera S wheels painted in titanium grey: Included

  • Tyre sealing compound and electric air compressor kit: £42

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