Porsche 718 Cayman review UK

Entry Level Porsche

2.0 litre engine

Won't depreciate quickly

Is the Porsche 718 Cayman a good investment? Well, you certainly wont regret it. That's the answer that you're looking for and as somebody who's owned Porsche's 2012 Cayman, I didn't think that they'd be able to beat it. Turns out that they did...

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The Punch-line

The 718 Cayman is arguably the best value Porsche for your money. It's predecessor was the least depreciating car of 2015 and with the Cayman now replacing the Boxster as the entry-level Porsche, you're getting all of the benefits of driving in one of the best looking sports cars on the market without sacrificing the usual wallet pains of sports car ownership. It's generally flawless and one of the best handling cars in its bracket.

At this point, it sounds like the 718 Cayman is just good value for money but honestly it's about so much more...

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The History

The 718 Cayman is arguably the fourth in a comparatively short history when sat in Porsche's stable next to the 911 and Boxster. It originally is rumoured to have been mildly held back from its full potential in order to save embarrassing (and punishing) the 911 on track and recently Porsche have looked to group the Boxster and Cayman together under the 718 banner to ensure that they are discussed in a seperate forum to other higher-end Porsches.

The new 718 Cayman has the same 0-60 mph time as the 718 Boxster and they share much of the same engineering, tech and characteristics; much like a Brother and Sister combination.

Speed and Handling

The Cayman drives like the most powerful computer you've ever used. It doesn't just look good, it drives incredibly well and has made handling decisions before you've even thought that you would need to. It's mapped to get an incredible amount of performance out of its 2.0 litre flat-four cylinder engine with a turbo to boot.

It balances power and weight better than a Mary Berry soufflé

I took it out around Porsche's race circuit at Silverstone as well as spending a good amount of time in it in the Northamptonshire countryside and it drove unlike anything else on both occasions, unlike most other blogs with the title Porsche 718 Cayman review uk. It balances power and weight better than a Mary Berry soufflé, sticks to the road like blue tac as well as delivering power exactly when you need it.

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If I was looking to criticise the 718 Cayman then I'd argue that it has a bit of lag in the first gear but honestly that would just be in comparison to the 911 and nobody wants to be compared to their older Brother.

Ride, comfort and practicality

Admittedly my opinion here is led by me owning one. The practicality of the Cayman is incredible and if the Cayman is going to be your first sports car then I'd point out how unusual it is to have TWO boots (front and back). Cupholders are discreetly hiding in the dash - available at the push of a button - and parking is simple in thanks to the overall size of the car along with parking sensors that are sensibly placed.

To make the whole experience even better I'd personally recommend the DPK (double clutch) gearbox and upgrading to the paddle shift controls. It's one of the best gearboxes on the market and to get the most from that you really need to avoid the standard gear "buttons" that Porsche typically mount on the front of the steering wheel.

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The seats can be adjusted to suit and are generally comfortable however the seating position in the Cayman is pretty low so getting in and out quickly (and with décorum) is going to be a challenge, especially if this is something that you're conscious of anyway.

Value for money

The Porsche 718 Cayman is unlike anything else in its category and it's perceived to be worth much more than what it generally costs. As much as that would sum up a Porsche 718 Cayman review UK, I'll leave you with this.

When I took the Cayman into a sleepy village near Silverstone a group of 16 year-olds valued it at around £100k! I've also noticed that it's the car that people forget when they're in the market for a high-performance car, often considering the Golf R, Focus RS, Audi RS3 and Mercedes' AMG range before they arrive at the better value and better looking Cayman.

Porsche 718 Cayman review UK - equipment

Standard Equipment

  • 2.0 litre turbo-charged engine
  • Front and rear four-part brakes
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Bi-xenon headlights
  • Bluetooth phone pairing
  • Standard sound package
  • Sports mode

Optional Extras

  • Sports steering wheel (recommended)
  • Keyless entry
  • Bose surround sound
  • Sports exhaust system
  • Double-clutch automatic gearbox (DPK)
  • Sports handling system (PTV)
  • Race mode (Sports chrono pack)
  • Electric / heated / leather seats

Behind-the-scenes

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After an incredible morning of throwing the whole Porsche range around the track (including the 911 GT3 RS), Olly and I took the 2.5 litre Porsche 718 Cayman S out onto the roads of Northamptonshire for possibly the best day of our lives.

We put the car through its paces with a healthy amount of driving on dual-carriageways, country roads and through small villages with a simple aim: find out whether the new 2017 Porsche Cayman was a good investment. Even more impressively, the car hadn't even been released in the UK!

We soon came across a group of 16 year olds on bikes who were up for playing a little game with us to find out whether we were driving something that was good value for money. I quickly devised a round of "Higher or lower" using the press spec sheet with the 16 year old having to guess whether the optional extras were worth more or less than the figures I quickly plucked out of the air.

Finally, I asked each of the group what they thought the Porsche 718 Cayman S' total value was with a resounding £100k being the agreed value, that's DOUBLE what the car actually costs!

It may not have been the most scientific test but without depreciation figures and with only a gaggle of curious sixth-formers to-hand, it was certainly the most valid way that we could check our homework. After all, isn't it our childhood dreams that we're trying to reach anyway.