2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Review

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2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Overview

The 718 Cayman comes from a storied pedigree of performance cars from Porsche. The “718” was tacked on in 2017 to pay homage to a 1957 Porsche race car by the same name. 2019 brings minor changes to the 718 Cayman.

Every 718 Cayman sports a lightweight body that’s a handsome blend of form and function and an engine mounted just behind the front seats. This gives the Porsche its impressive center of gravity, giving it an advantage over competitors like the Chevrolet Corvette and Jaguar F-PACE. There’s even a decent amount of cargo space: 9.7 cubic feet up front and 5.2 in the rear.

There are three trims for the 718 Cayman. The Base setup makes use of a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat 4-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque that’ll get you to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The previously optional sport-exhaust system now comes standard, offering increased amounts of efficiency and auditory drama. For even more performance, the Sport Chrono Package shaves two tenths of a second off of the 0-to-60 time and adds a lap-timing chronograph, rev matching, and actively adjustable driveline mounts. In the middle of the range, there’s the 718 Cayman S, with a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat 4-cylinder making a beefier 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel you to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds by default, or a flat 4 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package. Finally, the 718 Cayman GTS gives you that same 2.5-liter, but with 365 hp. Whichever 718 Cayman you choose, you’ll get standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) and the ability to select from a crisp 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT).

While the 718 Cayman’s focus continues to be on the driving experience, it includes a host of creature comforts. Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime-running lights, LED taillights, partial leather 2-way power seats, keyless start, a 4.6-inch color instrument panel LCD, an 8-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity all come standard. Options like keyless access, full leather, voice commands, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, and Apple CarPlay are also available. That’s not to mention all of the options like flashier paint, interior finishes, weight-saving wheels, and even a fire extinguisher for track use.

The 718 Cayman is relatively light on safety features. But every trim receives a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors. From there, adaptive lighting, adaptive cruise control, and lane-change assist are the only add-ons. No major agency has released public crash-test data for the current 718 Cayman, but that isn’t unusual for low-volume sports cars.

The Porsche 718 Cayman is a sleek performance coupe that’s equally at home in daily driving, on a long road trip, or on a track.


Kyree has always been fascinated with the automotive world, especially when it comes to premium European cars. But regardless of the vehicle—whether it's an efficient hybrid or the latest luxury sled—he's always ready to dispense information and advice. These days, he enjoys doing that here at CarGurus.

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