0 - 62 mph3.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2299 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.

  • Rain sensor
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Power windows with one touch operation and door seal protection
  • Windscreen washer system with aero wiper blades and washer jets
  • Wide opening rear hatch with rear screen made of lightweight glass
  • Grey top tinted windscreen

  • Lightweight spring strut axle front/rear, McPherson front axle + lightweight springs incl helper, anti-roll bar, all suspension mountings ball jointed
  • Electrically controlled parking brake
  • Anti-slip regulation

  • Adjustable race track chassis with RS specific spring rates and shock absorber tuning
  • Electronically control damping system with 2 manual selectable Normal and Sport modes
  • Porsche stability management (PSM) including ABS with two switchable stages (ESC OFF and ESC+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 and steering pulse generator

  • Auto start and stop system

  • Digital displays for vehicle speed, chosen gear, odometer, trip odometer and clock
  • Instrument cluster with central rev counter and high-resolution 4.6 inch colour display
  • Porsche track precision app
  • eCall emergency call system

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

  • Water cooled with thermal management
  • VarioCam Plus variable valve timing and lift
  • Dry sump lubrication with separate engine oil tank
  • Direct fuel injection (DFI)
  • Aluminium block and cylinder heads
  • Variable intake manifold with two switchable resonance valves
  • Forged titanium connecting rods
  • Two seater vehicle with mid mounted engine
  • Two three-way catalytic converters and on-board diagnostics for monitoring emission control system and coated particulate filter
  • Closed underbody panelling
  • Gasoline particulate filter
  • 64 litre fuel tank
  • Oil supply with fully variable pressure oil pump, 7 suction stages, oil centrifuge and additional oil supply via crankshaft

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Integrated 4G/LTE compatible SIM including data for the Porsche Connect Services
  • Navigation incl porsche + Apple Carplay, connect module, wireless internet access, carfinder, remote vehicle status, remote service and vehicle track
  • USB interface in central storage compartment
  • Wifi and music streaming
  • Integrated compatible SIM including Porsche Connect Services

  • Rear boot
  • Front apron with large cooling intakes with grilles and spoiler lip with recessed GT4 RS logo in black and central air outlet
  • Variable intake system with two switchable resonance flaps and six individual throttle valves
  • Porsche logo in accent trim on rear apron painted in satin black
  • Rear apron lower part in black with diffuser including fins
  • Side air intakes with one grille, sideblades including GT4 RS logo in black synthetic
  • Flow optimized stainless steel lightweight sports exhaust system with 2 tailpipes made of stainless steel in high gloss black
  • Black side window trim
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Intelligent lightweight body in Aluminium/Steel composite construction
  • Fixed rear spoiler
  • Bonnet made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) in exterior colour with black NACA air inlets for brake cooling
  • Exclusive design fuel filler cap
  • Front wheel arches made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) in exterior colour including wheel arch ventilation in black
  • Centre wheel bolts in black including wheel hub cover with RS logo in silver

  • Separate tinted auxiliary lights in the front end with LED indicators and position lights
  • Automatic headlight activation including welcome home lighting
  • LED tinted taillights and integral 4-point brake lights and reversing lights
  • 3rd brake light

  • Two zone automatic climate control
  • Adjustable fan with air recirculation and defroster functions

  • Storage compartments in each doors
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Front and rear luggage compartments
  • 12V sockets in passenger footwell
  • Two individual cup holders (Passenger side, integrated into dashboard trim strip)
  • Ascending centre console with uncovered storage compartment and closed storage compartment
  • Lightweight door panels with storage net in black and opening loops in arctic grey
  • Airbox cover with GT4 RS logo in silver and black
  • RS sport steering wheel
  • PDK gear changer lever with manual alley, grip area and shiift gaiter in Race tex, shift pattern in racing yellow
  • Sports look pedal and footrest with stainless steel surround in matt brushed
  • Race-Tex roof lining and A pillar trims

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

  • Carbon interior pack in satin finish - Cayman

  • 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
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPM) with track mode

  • Single front passenger seat
  • Heated seats
  • Front headrests

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

  • Rear wheel drive
  • Porsche TORQUE Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock
  • Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) - 7 speed dual clutch transmission with manual control by steering wheel gearshift paddles and GT specific gear selector

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL: 501
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH: 501
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 280
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 280
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL: 254
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH: 254
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 273
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 273
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 299
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 299

  • CC: 3996
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: FLAT 6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 12.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 12.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 23
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 23
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 25.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 25.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 23.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 23.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 21.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 21.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 22.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 22.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 12.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 12.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 11.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 11.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 12.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 12.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 13.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 13.2

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • 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: 500
  • 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 RS
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - BHP: 500
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.4
  • Top Speed: 196
  • Engine Power - KW: 368
  • Engine Power - RPM: 8400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 332
  • Engine Torque - NM: 450
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 6750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 45.9

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

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

  • Wheelbase: 2482
  • Length: 4456
  • Width: 1822
  • Width (including mirrors): 1994
  • Height: 1267
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 136
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1415
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 64
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N

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

  • Floor mats: Included
  • Leather edging carbon floor mats: £464
  • Leather edging personalised floor mats: £336
  • Bespoke floor mats with leather edging: £674

  • Front axle lift system: £1,835

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

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

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £203

  • Speed limit indicator: £236

  • Automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor: £345

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

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

  • High gloss black door handles: £84
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Body colour door handles: Included
  • Model designation deletion: £0
  • Special metallic paint: £2,273
  • Process air inlets behind driver and passenger windows in black: Included
  • Front window triangle trims in carbon: £354
  • Deletion of model designation stripes: £0
  • Door opening loops, decorative stitching, embroidered GT4 RS lettering and perforated Race tex seat centre in arctic grey: Included
  • Door pull loops in Guards Red: £110
  • Door pull loops in Shark blue: £110
  • Door pull loops in Racing Yellow: £110
  • Door pull loops in Lizard green: £110
  • Fixed GT4 RS rear wing made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic in exterior colour + black sideplates, GT4 RS logo, wing uprights in Satin black: Included
  • Model designation stripes GT4 RS in satin black: Included
  • Porsche logo in high gloss silver: £0
  • Door pull loops in black: £0
  • Metallic custom paint: £6,986
  • Bespoke Sticker set - Porsche: £657

  • LED main headlights including porsche dynamic light system plus (PDLS plus): £1,322
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights: Included

  • Vehicle documentation folder in matt carbon: £506
  • Vehicle documentation folder in leather: £270
  • Smooth finish leather on steering wheel rim, gear lever in black: £0
  • Illuminated bespoke door sill guards in carbon: £758
  • Steering column casing covered in leather: £231
  • Storage compartment lid in Race tex with Porsche crest: £161
  • Storage compartment lid in race tex with Porsche logo: £161
  • Headrests with embroidered GT4 RS log in cotrasting colour: Included
  • Roll cage in satin arctic grey: £257
  • Roll cage in deep sea blue: £257
  • Door sill guards in satin carbon weave finish with model designation GT4 RS in silver: Included
  • Leather interior with extensive items in leather and Race tex: £1,242
  • Leather interior Weissach package with extensive items in leather and Race tex: £1,242
  • Standard interior/leather upholstery with elements in Race tex: Included
  • Passenger footwell storage net: £0
  • Leather fuse box cover: £185
  • Illuminated door sill guards in carbon: £294
  • Leather vehicle key painted with key pouch: £261

  • Smoking pack - Cayman: £38
  • Light design pack - Cayman: £210
  • Chrono Pack and preparation for lap trigger - 718 Cayman GT4 RS: £194
  • Weissach pack - Cayman: £11,186
  • Weissach pack without roll cage - Cayman: £8,913
  • Clubsport pack - 718 Cayman GT4 RS: £0
  • Interior pack with items in leather and Race-tex - Cayman: Included
  • Sound package plus - Cayman GT4/GT4 RS: Included
  • Race Tex leather door trim pack - 718 Cayman / Spyder: £336
  • Leather/Race Tex dashboard trim package - 718 Cayman / Spyder: £783

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

  • Porsche special metallic - GT Silver: £2,273
  • Porsche special metallic - Carrara white: £2,273
  • Porsche special metallic - Gentian Blue: £2,273
  • Porsche special metallic - Shark blue: £2,273
  • Metallic custom paint - custom: £6,986
  • Porsche special metallic - Arctic grey: £2,273

  • Seat belts in Lizard green: £194
  • Seat belts coloured in racing yellow: £194
  • Seat belts in shark blue: £194
  • Seat belts in arctic grey: £194
  • Seat belts in deep sea blue: £194
  • 3 point automatic seatbelts: Included
  • Seatbelts in Guards Red: £194
  • Fire extinguisher: £105

  • ISOFIX child seat mounting points on passenger seat: £126
  • 3D printed bodyform full bucket seat with degree of firmness - soft: £1,895
  • 3D printed bodyform full bucket seat with degree of firmness - hard: £1,895
  • 3D printed bodyform full bucket seat with degree of firmness - medium: £1,895
  • Six point racing harness seat belt for passenger seat: £294
  • 18 way electric adaptive sports seat plus: £0
  • Lightweight full bucket seats in carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) and carbon weave finish with integrated thorax airbag: Included
  • Electric height adjustment and manual fore/aft adjustment for driver and front passenger seat: Included

  • Standard interior/leather - Black/Arctic grey with elements in Race tex: £0
  • Leather interior with extensive items in leather and Race tex - Black/Arctic grey: £1,242
  • Leather interior with extensive items in leather and Race tex - Black/Deep sea blue: £1,242
  • Leather interior Weissach package with extensive items in leather and Race tex - Black/Arctic grey: £1,242
  • Leather interior Weissach package with extensive items in leather and Race tex - Black/Deep sea blue: £1,242

  • Race-Tex sunvisors: £291

  • Wheels painted in satin neodyme: £387
  • Wheels painted in Indigo blue: £387
  • Wheels painted in Satin black with rim borders in Racing yellow: £809
  • Wheels painted in silver: £0
  • Wheels painted in satin black: £387

  • 20" 718 GT4 RS forged aluminium wheels in dark silver: Included
  • 20" 718 GT4 RS forged magnesium wheels: £10,521

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

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