The Porsche 718 Cayman’s joyful driving demeanor, powerful flat-four engines, and stunning styling make it one of our favorite sports cars—as evidenced by its regular appearance on our annual 10Best Cars list. Sharing all but its hard top with the convertible 718 Boxster, the Cayman is a focused performance machine; and, as the entry-level Porsche sports car, its seriousness sets the stage for the rest of the lineup. It’s not perfect, but our complaints about the downmarket interior and expensive feature upgrades that are standard on rival sports cars are forgotten by the time we’ve rounded the first corner at speed. Yes, the 718 Cayman is that good.
What’s New for 2018?
The GTS model debuts for 2018 and boasts an output of 365 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four-cylinder engine. It comes standard with torque vectoring, an adaptive suspension, and a mechanical limited-slip differential. Wearing a unique front bumper, tinted front and rear lighting elements, black badging, black exhaust tips, and black 20-inch wheels, the GTS amps up the 718 Cayman’s exterior quite nicely. Inside, faux suede adorns the sport seats, steering-wheel rim, center-console lid, and door armrests. The rest of the 718 Cayman lineup remains unchanged for 2018.
Trims and Options We’d Choose
Even though the GTS model boasts a bit of extra power, we’d still opt for the midrange Cayman S, but we’d go easy on options since Porsche’s a la carte menu can easily shove the S’s cost well above the $68,750 starting price. We’d spec the 14-way power-adjustable sport seats for $2330 and the $3180 Premium Package Plus, which adds luxuries such as:
• Dual-zone automatic climate control
• Heated and ventilated seats
• Proximity key
• Adaptive headlights
With a six-speed manual transmission in lieu of the optional seven-speed automatic, our ideal 718 Cayman S is ready to tear up the road—or the track—for $74,260.