Like all Porsches, you can double the price by going crazy with the options, but if you keep your goal focused, you can get a lot of value out of a 718 Cayman for a relatively low price. Our philosophy is that the Cayman is first and foremost a sports car, and a sports car is for exploiting the joy of driving. Following that philosophy, upgrading to the Cayman S is worthwhile for the extra 50 horsepower. Additionally, we'll stick with the six-speed manual transmission. The automatic is incredibly good, and faster, but we like the way the manual makes us feel connected with the car.
While many of the performance options are tempting, they're incredibly pricey and the Cayman is already very good at what it does. The only package we'd go with is the Premium Package that's coupled with 14-way power sport seats for some niceties that make it feel like we've spent over $70,000 on a car. Overall, we may not be coddled in luxury, but we will be happy.
- Model: 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S
- Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four
- Output: 350 hp / 309 lb-ft
- Transmission: Six-speed manual
- Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy: 20 City / 26 Hwy
- Options: Premium Package ($1,370, adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, auto-dimming mirrors), 14-way power sport seats with memory ($2,330)
- Base Price: $70,350 (including a $1,050 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $74,050