0 - 62 mph3.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2242 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
  • Power windows with one touch operation and door seal protection
  • Wide opening rear hatch with heated screen
  • Windscreen washer system with aero wiper blades and washer jets
  • Grey top tinted windscreen

  • Lightweight spring strut front axle, anti-roll bar and suspension mountings partly ball jointed
  • Electrically controlled parking brake
  • Anti-slip regulation
  • Lightweight spring strut rear axle, helper springs, anti roll bar, suspension mountings partly ball jointed

  • Porsche stability management (PSM) including ABS with two switchable stages (SC OFF and SC+TC OFF)
  • Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sport suspension with lowered 30mm ride height
  • Dynamic gearbox mount system
  • Adjustable chassis for race track use (toe, camber, anti-roll bars)

  • Electromechanical direct steering with variable steering ratio

  • Auto blip button to activate automaic rev-matching for downshifts
  • Auto start and stop system

  • Performance orientated shift indicator in the colour display of the instrument cluster
  • 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

  • Electrically adjustable heated exterior mirrors on door waist rails, aspherical on driver's side

  • 64 litre fuel tank
  • Water cooled with thermal management
  • Direct fuel injection (DFI)
  • Integrated dry-sump lubrication with an on-demand oil pump
  • Aluminium block and cylinder heads
  • VarioCam (camshaft control for inlet and exhaust valves) and adaptive cylinder management
  • Two three-way catalytic converters and on-board diagnostics for monitoring emission control system and coated particulate filter
  • Variable intake manifold with two switchable resonance valves
  • Central cooler
  • Two seater vehicle with mid mounted engine

  • Navigation including porsche with connect module, wireless internet access, carfinder, remote vehicle status, remote service and vehicle track
  • Integrated 4G/LTE compatible SIM including data for the Porsche Connect Services
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Black side window trim
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Fixed rear spoiler
  • Intelligent lightweight body in Aluminium/Steel composite construction
  • Front apron with large cooling intakes with grilles and spoiler lip with recessed GT4 logo in black and central air outlet
  • Side air intakes with sideblades embossed with 'GT4' logo painted in exterior colour
  • Rear apron lower part in black with integrated rear diffuser
  • Closed underbody panel with two additional ventilation openings (NACA) for exhaust system
  • Fixed GT4 rear wing in exterior colour with integrated sideplates, wing uprights in black aluminium
  • Twin tract sports exhaust system with two tailpipe in stainless steel high gloss black

  • Tinted LED taillights and integral 4 point brake lights and reversing lights
  • LED auxiliary light units in front apron with position lights, direction indicators and side indicators
  • Automatic headlight activation including welcome home lighting

  • Adjustable fan with air recirculation and defroster functions

  • Lockable glovebox
  • Storage compartments in each doors
  • 12V sockets in passenger footwell and centre console storage compartment
  • Black alcantara roof lining and A pillar trims
  • Clothes hooks on front seat backrests
  • Performance display in Porsche communication management (PCM)
  • Front and rear luggage compartments
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Two individual cup holders (Passenger side, integrated into dashboard trim strip)
  • Ascending centre console with uncovered storage compartment and closed storage compartment
  • GT4 logo on gear lever

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

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

  • Heated seats
  • Front headrests

  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Alarm system
  • Remote central locking and engine immobiliser

  • Shortened gear lever
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
  • Porsche TORQUE Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock

  • 20" 718 GT4 alloy wheels in satin platinum in sport tyre

  • CO2 (g/km): 232
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.011
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 382
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 382
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 242
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 242
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 207
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 207
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 242
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 242

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: FLAT 4
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 10.1:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 86
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 86
  • CC: 3995

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 16.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 16.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 26.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 26.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 26.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 26.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 16.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 16.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 10.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 10.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 10.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 10.7

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 47E
  • 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: 420
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: GT4
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - KW: 309
  • Engine Power - RPM: 7600
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 317
  • Engine Torque - NM: 430
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 5500
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.9
  • Top Speed: 188
  • Engine Power - BHP: 420
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 43.8

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: CAYMAN GT4
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/35 ZR20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 295/30 ZR20
  • Tyre Size Spare: N
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 1994
  • Height: 1269
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4456
  • Width: 1801
  • Wheelbase: 2484

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1450
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 64
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 270
  • 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

  • Porsche ceramic composite brake (PCCB) with yellow brake caliper: £5,597
  • Brake calipers painted in black high gloss: £581
  • Front 6 and 4 piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers, composite brake discs with chambers, internally vented, cross drilled + red brake calipers: Included

  • Board briefcase leather: £270
  • Board briefcase carbon matt: £506
  • Leather edging carbon floor mats: £464
  • Leather edging personalised floor mats: £336
  • Floor mats: Included
  • Floor mats with leather edging: £261

  • Cruise control: £228
  • Rear park assist: £362
  • Reversing camera including rear park assist: £825

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £203

  • Speed limit indicator: £236
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including mobile phone preparation and audio interfaces: Included

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

  • Climate control panel painted: £380
  • Climate control panel leather: £380
  • Guards red instrument dials: £345
  • White instrument dials: £345
  • Instrument dials in black with yellow indices and scales, rev counter in titanium colour, GT4 logo: Included
  • Dashboard trim strips and centre console trim in brushed aluminium: Included
  • Chrono stopwatch instrument dial in guards red: £245
  • Chrono stopwatch instrument dial in white: £245

  • Deletion of audio and communication system: £0
  • BOSE surround sound system: £834

  • Porsche painted logo in satin black: £105
  • Model designation deletion: £0
  • Special Metallic paint: £2,273
  • Metallic paint: £632
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Painted model designation: £168
  • Model designation painted in black high gloss: £168
  • Metallic custom paint: £6,986
  • Non-metallic custom paint: £6,986
  • Exclusive design fuel filler cap: £93
  • High gloss silver colour porsche logo on accent trim, model designation in satin black on rear apron: Included

  • Bi-Xenon tinted headlights in black including porsche dynamic light system: £918
  • LED main headlights including porsche dynamic light system plus (PDLS plus): £1,397
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights: Included
  • Painted headlight cleaning system covers: £143
  • Headlight cleaning system covers painted in deviating exterior colour: £143

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

  • Sports look pedals and footrest: Included
  • Illuminated door sill guards in carbon: £674
  • Illuminated door sill guards in stainless steel: £464
  • Inner door sill guards in leather with decorative stitching in contrasting colour: £408
  • Leather vehicle key painted with key pouch: £261
  • Steering column casing in leather with decorative stitching in contrasting colour: £315
  • Steering wheel rim with top centre marking in red: £168
  • Illuminated stainless steel personalised door sill guards: £548
  • Steering column casing covered in leather: £231
  • Inner door sill guards in leather: £324
  • Leather fuse box cover: £185
  • Leather interior: £1,242
  • Aluminium pedals: £185
  • Passenger footwell storage net: £0
  • High gloss black painted in door release levers: £84
  • Standard interior with elements in race tex uphlostery: Included
  • Leather interior with leather interior decorative stitching in red: £1,242
  • Storage compartment lid in Race tex with Porsche crest: £161
  • Leather interior with extensive items in alcantara and decorative stitching in contrasting colour: £1,242
  • Storage compartment lid in race tex with Porsche logo: £161
  • Door sill guards with model designation logo - GT4: Included
  • Personalised illuminated door sill guards in carbon: £758
  • GT4 sports steering wheel, steering wheel rim in Alcantara with black finish, black top centre marking, black spoke inlays, manual reach/height adjust: Included
  • Smooth finish leather on steering wheel rim, gear lever in black: £0
  • Steering wheel rim with top centre marking in yellow: £168

  • Sound package plus - Cayman GT4: Included
  • Painted interior pack - 718 Cayman GT4 (with leather interior): £0
  • Leather interior pack - 718 (with leather interior): Included
  • Leather interior pack - 718 (without leather interior): £0
  • Painted interior pack - 718 Cayman GT4 (without leather interior): £0
  • Brushed aluminium interior pack in anthracite - 718 Cayman (with leather interior): £0
  • Brushed aluminium interior pack in anthracite - 718 Cayman (without leather interior): £0
  • Race Tex leather door trim pack - 718 Cayman / Spyder: £336
  • Leather/Race Tex dashboard trim package - 718 Cayman / Spyder: £783
  • Interior trim package with decorative stitching and embroidery in contrasting colour- 718 GTS: £1,937
  • Light design pack - Cayman: £210
  • Carbon interior pack - 718 (with leather interior): £471
  • Carbon interior pack - 718 (without leather interior): £471
  • Chrono Pack and preparation for lap trigger - 718 Cayman GT4: £336
  • Clubsport pack - 718 Cayman GT4: £2,778
  • Smoking pack - Cayman: £38
  • Dashboard trim pack in leather - Cayman: £783

  • Porsche metallic - Carrara white: £632
  • Porsche metallic - Gentian Blue: £632
  • Porsche metallic - GT silver: £632

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

  • Porsche special metallic - Miami Blue: £2,273
  • Porsche special metallic - Crayon: £2,273
  • Porsche special metallic - Python green: £2,273
  • Metallic custom paint - custom: £6,986
  • Non-metallic custom paint - custom: £6,986

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

  • Full bucket seat: £3,788
  • Sports seat plus backrests in leather: £947
  • Decorative stitching in contrasting colour: £834
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting points on passenger seat: £126
  • Sports seat Plus backrests in leather with decorative stitching in contrasting colour: £1,031
  • 18 way electric adaptive sports seat plus: £1,734
  • Six point racing harness seat belt for passenger seat: £294
  • 2 way electric sports seat plus side bolsters, electric adjust backrest with silver grey finish, manual adjust seat height/fore/aft, GT4 logo headrest: Included

  • Standard race tex Interior with elements - Black: £0

  • Leather - Black with leather interior decorative stitching in red: £1,242
  • Leather interior - Black: £1,242

  • Leather interior with extensive items in alcantara - Black with decorative stitching in contrasting colour yellow: £1,242

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

  • Wheels painted in silver: £0
  • Wheels painted in satin aurum: £387
  • Wheels painted in satin black: £387

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

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