2019 Porsche 718 Cayman

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2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Rahul Hans Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 6, 2019


The entry-level baby Porsche is a thoroughbred performance machine which has steadily come closer to the 911s in terms of driving dynamics and precise handling. The horizontally opposed flat-4 turbocharged engine placed down low in the chassis makes the 718 Cayman stable and planted to the track even with extreme G-forces trying to make the tail spin out at every corner.

The 300 hp mid-engined coupe starts at $56,900 and gets you a 2.0L engine. But you can always upgrade to the Cayman S at $69,300 which comes with upgraded suspensions and a 2.5L engine paired to a larger turbocharger making 350 hp. At $80,700 you get the Cayman GTS which incorporates a variable geometry turbocharger to take the power to 365 hp.

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Pros

Balanced mid-engine configuration

Laser-precise handling

Marvellous PDK automatic transmission

Superb Porsche Torque Vectoring System

Cons

Unrefined engine sounds

Plastic components in the interior

What's New?

Sport-exhaust system now standard

New optional Car Connect Service


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$56900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

280 lbs.-ft @ 1950 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

59.6/60.3

dimensions

wheelbase

97.4 in.

length

172.4 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

51 in.

curb weight

2944 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

704 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

397.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.4

Interior

8.2

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Base

Base

power
300 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$56,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $56,900 MSRP (21/24/28) 300 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, H-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2

 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman S

S

power
350 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$69,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 2dr Coupe (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $69,300 MSRP (20/22/26) 350 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2.5 L, H-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

8.8

Overall Rating


With such amazing power to weight ratio, the Cayman is capable of competing with powerful rivals like the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray which packs a V8, along with the BMW M2 Competition which inherits an inline-6 engine from the M4.

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman front angle view
2019 Porsche 718 Cayman front angle view
2019 Porsche 718 Cayman rear angle view
2019 Porsche 718 Cayman rear angle view

 

9.4/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.2/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Features

The 718 Cayman is also available as the 718 Cayman S which upgrades the coupe to bigger 19-inch rims, a larger turbocharger and amps up the power figures to 350hp from 300hp.

Model

718 Cayman

718 Cayman S

MSRP

$56,900

$69,300

Key Features

18-inch wheels

Variable Turbine Geometry

 

Four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed brake calipers in red, front and rear

19-inch wheels

 

Bi-Xenon main headlights

Four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed brake calipers in red, front and rear

 

Centrally positioned single-tube tailpipe

Bi-Xenon main headlights

 

Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including mobile phone preparation and Sound Package Plus

Centrally positioned twin tailpipe

 

 

Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including mobile phone preparation and Sound Package Plus

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The 718 Cayman S is the best trim to go for as it adds some much needed features to the sports coupe and makes it worth the money. The bigger tyres improve not only the handling characteristics as well as the grip through the corners.

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Engine and Performance

9.4/10

“It's more than the layout or the tires alone; it's the fine-tuning magic that Porsche's engineers conjure during the development process. The Cayman is a sublime mix of heady handling and a relatively relaxed ride.” - Car and Driver

The baby Porsche with a turbocharged 2.0L flat-4 engine making 300 hp and 280 lb-ft torque, engine replaces a flat-6 you’d find in the Porsche 911s. The Cayman S gets a larger displacement turbocharger mated to a 2.5L engine, which takes the horsepower to 350, while the Cayman GTS utilizes a variable geometry turbocharger to churn out 365 hp.

Although the flat-4 is an efficient and balanced engine, the grating noise it makes doesn’t meet the refinement you expect from a Porsche. The 6-speed manual is quick and precise, however, not as sharp as the 911. The optional 7-speed dual clutch transmission on the Cayman S gets you steering mounted shift paddles along with the bump in acceleration times.

Models

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Ford Mustang GT

MSRP

$56,900

$56,590

$55,895

$41,390

$58,900

$41,995

$35,355

Engine

2.0L flat-4

6.2L V8 Gas

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

6.4L V8 Premium Unleaded

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6, 3.0 L

Gas V8, 6.2L

Premium Unlead 5.0L V8

Transmission

6 Speed manual

7 Speed manual

7 Speed automatic

6 Speed manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-speed Manual

Horsepower

300 hp@ 6500rpm

455 hp@ 6000rpm

400 hp@ 6400rpm

485 hp@ 6100rpm

405 hp @5230 rpm

455 hp @ 6000 rpm

460 hp @ 7000 rpm

Torque

280 ft-lbs

460 ft-lbs@ 4600rpm

350 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

475 ft-lbs@ 4100rpm

406 lb.-ft. @ 2350 rpm

455 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

420 lb.-ft. @ 4600 rpm

However, the tiny 2.0L flat-4 engine compared to the 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines you can find in the rivals at the similar price point make 400+ horsepower. The Cayman’s arch nemesis the BMW M2 Competition with the twin turbo 3.0L inline-6 engine makes 405 hp and sounds monumental.

Acceleration

The 300 hp engine gets your coupe to 60 in 4.9 seconds from a standstill and through the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds. The Cayman S is much faster taking just 4.1 seconds to 60 mph. The Cayman GTS takes that number down to 3.9 seconds in the mile-a-minute sprint.

Models

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Ford Mustang GT

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

3.7 sec

4.5 sec

3.8 sec

4.2 sec

3.9 sec*

4.6 sec

Quarter mile

12.4 sec

11.2 sec

13.3 sec

11.7 sec

12.5 sec @ 113 mph

12.3 sec @ 118 mph*

NA

Engine

2.0L flat-4

6.2L V8 Gas

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

6.4L V8 Premium Unleaded

3.0 Liter

6.2 Liter

5.0 Liters

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

9.3

8.0

10.3

8.4

TBD

TDB

The Corvette with its massive V8 makes it to 60 in a blistering 3.7 seconds, followed by another V8 powered beast, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack taking 3.8 seconds. The Camaro SS ties with the Cayman GTS taking 3.9 seconds, while the Porsche’s arch-nemesis, the M2 Competition takes 4.2 seconds.

Ride and Handling

The stunning stability and virtually zero body roll through twisty mountain roads, kudos to the low centre of mass from the flat-4 engine and massive grip from the tires, puts the Cayman far ahead of the competition in terms of driving dynamics. The electromechanical steering lifted from the 911 turbo, has been fine tuned to forge a telepathic connection with the driver..

In the city the ride is relatively relaxed and controlled, the throttle response is predictable yet precise. However, if you’re looking forward to test the limits, you’d want to spec your ride with the multi-mode Porsche Active Suspension Management system on the Cayman S and GTS, which offers a low-riding Sport-spec mode, as well as a revised Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Torque Vectoring.

Braking

The brakes are larger than ever before, with 11.8-inch discs on both the front and rear, they deliver powerful stopping force. Weighing less than 3000 lbs, the Porsche’s work like a charm not only on tracks but also city streets. The brake pedal is extremely precise and direct, much like the steering.

Model

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Ford Mustang GT

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

13.3

14

14.2

15.7

13.6

13.9

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

12.6

13.8

13.8

15

13.3

13

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2944

3298

3882

4234

3600

3685

3705

60-0 MPH (ft.)

146 (70-0)

N/A

N/A

108

NA

149

NA

The M2 Competition has huge 15.7-inch brakes up front and 15s at the back, but the curb weight is also much more than the Cayman. The Corvette Stingray also is one of the lighter coupes but still gets bigger brakes to go along with the V8. The Dodge Challenger is one of the heaviest coupes and needs the huge brakes it gets.

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Fuel Economy

With a thrifty 2.0L 4-cylinder engine inside, the Porsche give excellent fuel economy, at least considering the competition. The PDK automatic transmission enhances the economy as compared to the manual transmission.

Model

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Ford Mustang GT

MPG (city)

21

16

20

14

18

16

15

MPG (highway)

28

25

27

23

26

25

25

MPG (combined)

24

19

22

17

21

19

18

The rivals with V8s have very low fuel economy as you would’ve expected. With the motto of “no replacement for displacement” the 6.2L V8 Corvette barely manages a combined mpg of 19 whereas, the Porsche takes those numbers to 24 mpg, while the BMW M2 Competition gives you 21 combined mpg.

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Interior

8.2/10

“Easy-to-understand gauges, comfortable seats, and well-placed controls give the Cayman's cabin a form-fitting feeling, not unlike a superhero's suit. Still, a plethora of hard buttons and a number of cheap-plastic pieces prevent the interior from standing out in this class.” - Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

The driver-oriented cockpit makes the ride even more engaging for the driver, with a sport steering wheel with column mounted shift paddles and controls for the audio and cruise control. The seats, as expected of a sports coupe have excellent bolstering and support to keep you in place through the corners. With enough headroom for the tallest occupants, the low roofline doesn’t hinder practicality.

Model

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Ford Mustang GT

Passenger capacity

2

2

4

5

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

37.9/55.2/43.0

37.4/54.6/43.1

39.3/58.5/42.0

40.1/54.4/41.5

38.5/55/43.9

37.6/56.3/45.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

34.5/52.0/32.4

37.1/53.9/33.1

36.5/53.4/33

33.5/50.3/29.9

34.8/52.2/29

The 4-seater coupes not only have better space for the occupants but also get more interior storage, however, the rear seats aren’t as useful as you’d hope to have with most of them not being able to accommodate tall adults. The M2 Competition coupe and the Challenger R/T Scat Pack have some of the best passenger capacity in the segment.

Infotainment System

The sport steering connected to a tilt/telescopic column, automatic climate control, 6-speaker audio with CD, SiriusXM and HD Radio, Porsche Communications Management system and front/rear Park Assist. You get Apple CarPlay as standard however, the system lacks Android Auto support. Optionally you can replace the speaker system with a Bose or Burmester surround sound system.

  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display
  • SiriusXM and HD Radio
  • Satellite navigation
  • Apple CarPlay but with a subscription

Cargo Capacity

Complementing the front cargo bay is more storage options at the back. The mid-engined sports coupe keeps plenty of space open for storing cargo. The front storage is pretty decent but the rake angle of the rear eats up the cargo bay quite a bit.

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Exterior

“Sharp edges, bold lighting elements and prominent side air intakes -- the better to feed and cool turbocharged powerplants -- give the 718 a more intense visual presence set off by an aggressive rear-quarter treatment featuring an auto-extending spoiler and single or dual exhaust outlets.” - KBB

Design and Dimensions

The 718 Cayman, a 2-door mid-engined coupe is small and sleek with the most perfect proportions ever seen. The 2019 Cayman gets sharper lines, a revised front bumper and bigger side intakes. The Cayman also comes with an auto-extending spoiler at the back, to go with the sport-exhaust system. The huge 18-inch wheels get replaced with 19s on the Cayman S and give the coupe a low and wide stance.

Model

Porsche 718 Cayman coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 coupe

Dodge Challenger R/T ScatPack coupe

BMW M2 Competition

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Ford Mustang GT

Curb weight (lbs.)

2944

3298

3882

4234

3600

3685

3705

Length(in)

172.4

176.9

184.4

197.9

176.2

188.3

188.3

Width(in)

78.5

73.9

72.8

75.7

73

74.7

75.4

Height(in)

51.0

48.8

54.5

57.5

55.5

53.1

54.4

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

N/A

4.9

5.2

4.8

TBD

TBD

Wheelbase (in)

97.4

106.7

112.2

116.2

106

110.7

107.1

Track width (in) F/R

59.6/60.3

63/61.7

61.2/61.8

63.4/63.8

62.2/63

63.0/62.9

62.3/64.9

The Cayman is extremely lightweight compared to the rivals, with the Corvette coming the closet to its weight class. The Porsche is also the shortest being strictly a 2-seater, but in terms of width it surpasses the rest by quite a margin, enhancing its stability.

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Safety

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Competition

Porsche 718 Cayman vs BMW M2 Competition

The BMW; a 4-seater performance coupe has not only more interior capacity but also higher cargo capacity for your luggage making it more versatile. The BMW’s 3.0L inline-6 engine makes the M2 Competition one of the best M cars and an absolute bliss to drive, while the Porsche’s tiny Cayman is much more stable and composed through fast corners. The steering, throttle and brakes are fined tuned for the performance convertible and much more precise than the BMW.

Porsche 718 Cayman vs Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

With a massive V8 nestled under the hood and a displacement of 6.2L, the power figures are off the charts. Comparatively, the 718 comes with a flat-4 2.0L engine making 300 hp. The power gap really shows when you take these on the drag strip, however, on the tracks, the Porsche’s superior handling gives the Cayman the upper hand.

Porsche 718 Cayman vs Jaguar F-Type

Although underpowered compared to the 718, the Jaguar comes with better interiors than the plastic components used in the Cayman, however it may feel a tad bit cramped once you’ve sat in the Porsche. The ride is stiffened to improve handling, but the Cayman gets you much more refined handling and grip through the corners. The infotainment is more intuitive and advanced in the Cayman and it even pulls ahead in terms of practicality.

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Final Verdict

The baby Porsche is the perfect sports car for your garage which gets you a combination of precise handling, immense grip and great practicality. The Porsche comes with a high price tag, but for that price, you get a list that justifies the price. Compared to the BMW, Corvette and the Jag, the Cayman takes the upper hand.