2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - April 19, 2017

Although it's positioned as a junior model in the Porsche lineup, the 718 Cayman makes no concessions when it comes to performance. For a reasonable investment, buyers get all the thrills of a world-class sports car, along with exotic looks and surprising efficiency in everyday driving.

What's New for 2017

The 718 Cayman receives a complete redesign, including more powerful turbocharged, four-cylinder engines. The new prefix to the model name pays tribute to Porsche 718 racers of the 1950s.

Porsche 718 Cayman

Choosing Your Porsche 718 Cayman

The 718 Cayman maintains its overall shape and mid-engine, rear-drive layout. The new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine supplies 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can upgrade to a 2.5-liter version that puts out 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Porsche's highly regarded seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, dubbed PDK, is optional. Which of the two engines you end up with depends on what kind of Cayman you purchase.


Gets the 2.0-liter turbo, plus 18-inch wheels with summer performance tires, an auto-deploying rear spoiler, leather sport seats, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite and HD radio. The 718 Cayman scoots from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and achieves an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon in combined city and highway with the manual, or 25 mpg with the PDK. Pricing starts at $56,350 (including $1,050 in destination charges), to which the PDK adds $3,210.


Carries the 2.5-liter engine and standard 19-inch wheels. The S hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and is EPA-rated at 22 mpg combined with the manual, or 24 mpg with the PDK. The S costs $68,750 before options.

Since this is Porsche we're talking about, it should go without saying that the options list for both the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S are extensive. Here's a brief breakdown of noteworthy features.

If you value performance, we'd recommend looking at the following: the $2,610 Sport Chrono Package adds a Sport driving mode, launch control (with PDK), dynamic transmission mounts, and additional performance readouts. It shaves a half-second off the run to 60 miles per hour. Individual performance upgrades include carbon-ceramic brakes ($7,410), an adaptive suspension system ($1,790), torque vectoring ($1,320), and a sport exhaust system ($2,900).

If you're more into being comfortable than going fast, Porsche offers 14-way power seats with driver memory for $2,330. Fully adaptive 18-way seats are available for $3,470. Models equipped with either upgrade are eligible for a $1,370 Premium Package with heated seats, adaptive headlamps, auto-dimming mirrors, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The $3,180 Premium Plus Package has all that, plus ventilated seats, LED interior lighting, and keyless ignition. Infotainment options include a 10-speaker Bose sound system ($990), a 12-speaker Burmester system ($4,690), and navigation ($1,780). Owners can customize their interiors with a range of wood, leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber trim packages.

CarsDirect Tip

The Sport Chrono Package provides a noticeable boost in performance for $2,090, which is a bargain for this class. Beyond that, we recommend being very judicious with options – it doesn't take a lot of effort to build a base 718 Cayman that costs over $100,000.

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