Like its sibling, the soft-top 718 Boxster roadster, the 718 Cayman marks a new generation. As indicated by the addition of “718” to its name, it switches to a four-cylinder engine.
A race car in the late 50s and early 60s, the original Porsche 718 used a four-cylinder engine to great effect. The new Cayman also has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine instead of the previous flat-six engine. You might think this is a downgrade, but the new engine is actually more powerful and more fuel efficient. Porsche also retuned the 718 Cayman suspension and steering system to provide better handling capabilities and driver engagement than before.
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is a two-seat coupe available in two trim levels: Cayman and Cayman S.
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman base comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mounted behind the seats. It delivers 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission sent the rear wheels. A seven-speed PDK automated dual-clutch transmission is optional. Porsche estimates the 718 Cayman PDK with Sport Chrono package will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Top speed is 170 mph. EPA estimates fuel economy at 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) with the manual transmission and 25 mpg combined (22/29) with PDK.
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S get 2.5-liters of the same engine that generates 350 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are also standard, while a seven-speed PDK automated dual-clutch transmission is optional. It is estimated to reach 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds, with a 177 mph top speed. EPA fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway) for the manual and 24 mpg combined (21/28) for the PDK.