2018 Porsche 718 Cayman | Model Review | Model Specs
Forget everything you have read about Porsche’s decision to ditch the coveted flat-six in favor of the new Turbocharged flat-four because, frankly, it’s bullshit. The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is easily one of the best cars I have ever driven.
I have had the pure luxury of spending intimate time in all of the generations of Cayman’s at this point from the first generations Cayman
All that being said, there has been a lot of drama around the decision to revive the 718 namesake and pass it on to the Boxster and Cayman, but it makes great sense.
The Boxster and Cayman are two of the best cars Porsche makes, but the 911 will always be its flagship. I’ve written before on the 2018 911 S and how amazing it is, but Porsche has done a great thing with the 718 by finally allowing the Boxster and Cayman to be more than “the cheap Porsche”.
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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Specs:
- Engine: 2.0-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Boxer Engine
- Drivetrain: Mid-Engine Rear-Wheel-Drive
- Transmission: 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic or standard manual
- Horsepower: 300 hp @ 6,500 RPM
- Torque: 280 lb-ft @ 1,950 RPM
- 0-60 mph: ~4.7 seconds with PDK & ~4.5 seconds with PDK/Sport Chrono
- MPG: 21 City/28 Hwy
- Price: $60,110+
- Average Rating: 9.5/1
What’s New in the Porsche 718 Cayman
Well for starters Porsche ditched the beloved flat six in favor of a turbocharged flat-four bringing it more in line with the rest of the lineup. This does a few things, but the one thing it did the most was pissed off all of the Porsche snobs. Like really bad.
These clowns wrote comments on Instagram, tweeted, Facebooked, and even went as far as to say Porsche is no different than Subaru.
Journalist praised the car for obvious reasons but reduced its rating because of the “sound”. I’m not making this up. Automotive journalist
Aside from the decision to move to a turbo flat-four, the 718 Cayman adopted the brakes from the previous generations Cayman S and the steering of the 911 Turbo. It now comes standard with 300-hp as much as my 2006 Mustang GT had with a 4.6-Liter V8.
You could say the 718 Cayman and Boxster have really grown up and present a real case for saving your money on the much more expensive “S” and “GTS” versions.
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Interior and Cabin
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Interior Highlights:
- Beautiful gauge cluster
- Great sport seats
- Phenomenal field of view
- Responsive infotainment center
- Clear focused on sport above all else
There is nothing like the interior of a Porsche. You walk up and open the door and you realize just how low you have to get to slide behind the wheel. You step down into the car and it really sets the tone.
Squarely behind the beautiful sport steering wheel sits the iconic circular gauge cluster. One circle in the middle that shows RPM and digital speed, a tach on the left for speed, and a digital screen on the right. It’s simple, beautiful, and tells you everything you want to know.
Unlike the majority of luxury manufacturers who have opted to lazily slap a damn iPad to the center dash, Porsche has taken the approach in all of its cars to place its infotainment screen below the window line. This is subtle, but places driving front and center. There is nothing blocking your field of view.
Everything in the car is exactly where it should be, the infotainment center responds well and does what you want it to. The base model Porsche is as luxurious as many other Luxury brands, but Porsche will leather wrap whatever you want at a steep price.
Little things make it great like the heavy shift paddles, the use of buttons on the climate control to reduce the height of the dashboard and the way the door handles are shaped so you can slide your fingers easily behind them to unlatch and open the door simultaneously.
Driving the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman
You’re in the cockpit, you push the
I love it.
Everyone who picked on this 4-banger can eat a dick because it lets out a roar that is definitely respectable. Optional
From a stop you feel a little turbo lag, but not much and honestly in daily driving you hardly ever notice it. Only when you shove the pedal down all the way suddenly do you notice the millisecond of lag. But when that turbo hits…holy shit. It’s awesome.
The car is so light it just rockets forward. Unlike the previous generations base model, the 718 Cayman is legitimately fast no matter where you are at in the power band. Did the previous generation sound more ferocious? Sure, but this mighty little engine sounds great, it’s just different.
It screams all the way to its 7,200 RPM redline and in sport + mode that’s where it shifts. It’s balls-to-wall and because the engine sits behind you it’s a visceral experience with turbos spooling and sucking air, rocks flying up, and general road conveyance that is amazing.
Steering is so tight and sharp. You could feel it through the steering wheel if you ran over a piece of notebook paper. The 718 Cayman handles like a much more serious sports car.
I thought the previous generation couldn’t get any better and I was wrong. It handles like a maniac. Insane grip, phenomenal turn-in response, and balance with minimal body roll. All-in-all it really makes you think twice about spending the extra $12,400 for the base “S” model.
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman Final Thoughts
In 2015 I had my first taste of being behind the wheel of several Porsche’s on and off the track. I fell in love and knew I needed to have one. But I couldn’t afford a Cayman S and the base Cayman just never really felt worth it to me. It handled great, but lacked that punch.
That all changed when I sat behind the wheel of the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman. It was so clear that Porsche has l given both the Cayman and Boxster its own identity with the 718 branding. And that identity is that it’s not a 911, it’s a 718.
And both are amazing but just in different ways. Because they have different identities.
I loved this car so much that I bought one. I recently stated in my 2019 Audi S5 review that I would save my money and spend it on a 2014 Porsche Cayman S and at $70K with a few options the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is a far better deal than the S5.