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Porsche 718 Cayman

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Summary


The Porsche Cayman first appeared in 2005, effectively as a hard-top version of the second-generation Boxster cabriolet. The current model launched in 2016, when both the Cayman coupé and Boxster convertible gained the 718 moniker recalling a 1950s Porsche sports car. More pertinently, it also switched from naturally-aspirated versions of Porsche’s signature flat-six engine to mostly turbocharged flat-four units.

Mid-engined and cheaper than other models propelled from the rear, the Cayman is sometimes derided as a “poor man’s 911.” Reviewers are generally positive about it, however, though disappointed at the emissions-led change in engines.

Four power outputs are on offer ranging from 300hp of the regular Cayman to the 420hp of the hardcore GT4 model.

This and the GTS were launched after other Cayman variants, and saw a return to six-cylinder power. “They’re expensive,” says The Telegraph, but “these are the sort of cars about which you’ll remember the driving quality long after you’ve forgotten the price.”  

Testers praise the excellent handling of the Cayman, so much so that the more recently introduced lightweight T model is not considered different enough to justify its price – “the standard Cayman is such a find-handling car that 90% of drivers would never sufficiently exploit the T’s chassis to notice the extra benefits it brings,” says Auto Express.

Some reviewers point out that the interior does not include the modern touchscreens of other Porsches, but others consider this a good thing. And it is regarded as a minor issue in a car with prodigious potency and exemplary handling – Top Gear describes the Cayman as “a fantastic sports car with a real breadth of ability.”     

As of August 2021, the Porsche 718 Cayman holds an Expert Rating of 85% from 24 reviews. That’s one point less than its convertible sibling, the Porsche 718 Boxster.

Cayenne highlights

  • Good-looking sports car
  • Excellent handling
  • Comfortable ride for sports car
  • Quality interior

Cayenne lowlights

  • Small engines for a Porsche
  • Interior tech not as current as other Porsches
  • T model not different enough to justify price

Key specifications


Body style: Two-door coupé
Powertrain: petrol
Price: From £45,230 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2016
Last updated: Summer 2020
Update due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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DriveNation

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Evo

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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Safety rating


No safety rating

Neither of the Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster twins have not been crash tested by Euro NCAP, and we’re not expecting it to happen anytime soon. If it does, we’ll include the results here.

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Porsche 718 Cayman has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic before resuming later in the year.

Given that the Cayman is a high-performance, petrol-engined sports car that prioritises performance over economy, it’s unlikely to win any environmental awards…

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Porsche 718 Cayman has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Sports Car (Cayman GTS 4.0)

2018

  • What Car? Awards – Best Sports and Performance Car under £50K

2017

  • World Car Awards – World Performance Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Sports Car

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