Sublime handling; strong and efficient engines; excellent interior quality; highly customizable; easy-to-drive manual transmission
New engines have lost some response and character; too many things are options
The Cayman gets a new number for 2017, but being dubbed the 718 is only the tip of the iceberg. It has new turbocharged engines plus substantial revisions to its suspension, steering, manual transmission, driving modes, stability control, styling and in-car technology. The Cayman also now costs less than its Boxster sibling.
Be a royal pain at the dealer and try as many variations as you can. That means different engines, transmissions, suspensions, steering systems, exhausts, interior color schemes ... whatever. There's so much from which to choose, you owe it to yourself to have as much experience with the car as possible to make sure you order the right Cayman for you. Or just want to know what we'd get? A Cayman S with a manual transmission, PASM, the sport exhaust and one of the many snazzy colors -- silver or black is so dull!
The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman is available in Cayman and Cayman S models, which largely differ by engine. The 718 Boxster is the convertible version and is reviewed separately.
The base Cayman ($53,900) comes standard with 18-inch wheels, summer performance tires, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, single-zone automatic climate control, power reclining front seats (manual fore-aft, height adjustment), partial leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) touchscreen interface, two USB ports, a media player interface, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio, HD Radio and a 6-speaker sound system.
The Cayman S ($66,300) adds a bigger engine and 19-in wheels.
The options list is enormous, ranging from performance enhancements and convenience equipment to customization items like color-keyed trim pieces. Virtually everything can be added a la carte, though there are a handful of packages available to make ordering a little easier.
Performance-enhancing items include the PDK automatic transmission, the PASM adjustable suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, a torque-vectoring rear differential, a sport exhaust and the Sport Chrono package (extra drive modes, a stability control sport mode and launch control with PDK). Comfort and convenience items include adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitoring system, keyless entry and ignition, LED headlights, power-folding mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors and automatic wipers (packaged together), dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated multifunction steering wheel, 10-way power seats (include 4-way lumbar and memory functions), 14-way adaptive sport seats (adds adjustable side and bottom bolsters, wider shoulder bolsters and a power-adjustable steering wheel), heated seats, ventilated seats, a full leather interior, a navigation system, a Bose Surround Sound audio system ($990), a Burmester Surround Sound audio system ($4,690) and Porsche Connect (includes Apple CarPlay and a variety of safety remote services).
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2017 Chevrolet Corvette -- With its all-American V8 mounted up front, the Corvette is quite obviously a completely different performance animal. But the prices are comparable and so is the fun -- though admittedly of a different sort.
2017 Jaguar F-TYPE -- The F-TYPE also has its engine up front and boasts 4-, 6- and 8-cylinder engines, but its pricing and roadster layout are comparable to the Cayman's. It lacks the 718's precision, but boasts a flamboyant character and gorgeous styling.
2018 Audi TT RS -- Although also available in a less extreme TTS version, the TT RS is the most performance-oriented version of Audi's 2+2 sport coupe. Engineered by Audi Sport, the same folks who produce the R8, it has a decent shot of keeping up with the Cayman.
Used Porsche 911 -- Many will argue the Cayman is in fact the superior driver's car, but there's also no denying the timeless appeal of the Porsche 911. They are of course more expensive, so at this price point you'll be considering a used one. Porsche's certified pre-owned program is quite good.