2021 Porsche 718 Cayman

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2021 Porsche 718 Cayman Review: Still The Best

The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman is a 3-door, two-seater fastback coupe that shares its DNA with the Porsche Boxster. Now in its third generation, the Cayman has become a firm favorite for Porsche enthusiasts looking for an entertaining daily-driver sports car that can handle city traffic and the weekend track day without asking the same level of monetary commitment as its larger and faster sibling, the Porsche 911. The base model is a competent machine, but Porsche offers a few hotter versions, and the range tops out with the GTS 4.0, which produces 394 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque, making it a natural, albeit more expensive, competitor to the Toyota Supra and Audi TT Coupe.

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2021 Porsche 718 Cayman Changes: 🚙What's the difference vs. 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman?

While not all-new, Porsche has made a few changes to the 718 Cayman coupe this year to keep it competitive, adding some extra features that should've been standard all along. All versions now get dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors with a rain sensor, and heated seats. Apple CarPlay, which was previously an added-cost extra, now becomes standard as well. Outside, bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) become standard, with these lights being colored in black on the GTS 4.0. Staying with the GTS 4.0, it can now be optionally equipped with the fast PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Finally, Race-Tex upholstery replaces the previously used Alcantara.

Pros and Cons

  • Amazing handling
  • Sufficient power
  • Great build quality and reliability
  • Tons of options
  • Unrefined four-cylinder engines
  • Expensive options
  • Short tech feature list

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2021 Porsche 718 Cayman Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Cayman
2.0L Turbo Flat 4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$59,900
Cayman T
2.0L Turbo Flat 4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$68,900
Cayman S
2.5L Turbo Flat 4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$71,900
Cayman GTS 4.0
4.0L Flat 6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$86,800

718 Cayman Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 172.4 in
  • Wheelbase 97.4 in
  • Height 51.0 in
  • Max Width 70.9 in
  • Front Width 59.6 in
  • Rear Width 60.3 in
  • Curb Weight 3,034.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Carrara White Metallic
  • Jet Black Metallic
  • Dolomite Silver Metallic
  • GT Silver Metallic
  • Gentian Blue Metallic
  • Night Blue Metallic
  • Aventurine Green Metallic
  • Agate Grey Metallic
  • Miami Blue
  • Carmine Red
  • Chalk
  • Lava Orange
  • Python Green
  • Custom Color
  • White
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718 Cayman Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The base model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-four engine producing 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear-wheel drive via a standard 6-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The Cayman S is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that produces a more notable 350 hp and 309 lb-ft. Both turbo gasoline engines respond well and pair well with either transmission option but they sound lifeless and could do with a more aggressive exhaust and intake noise. The top-of-the-range GTS 4.0 is powered by a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated boxer-six and dishes out 394 hp and 309 lb-ft to the rear wheels. This 2021 718 Cayman model has a top speed of 182 mph and will do the 0-60 mph sprint in only 4.3 seconds.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Flat 4 Gas, 2.5L Turbo Flat 4 Gas, 4.0L Flat 6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

718 Cayman Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    14.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 20/26 mpg
* 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman Cayman Coupe RWD

718 Cayman Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater

718 Cayman Trunk and Cargo Space

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718 Cayman Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman a good coupe?

Don't let anyone fool you into thinking that the Cayman is somehow a lesser Porsche vehicle. Sure it doesn't have the magical number 911 on the back, but the thing oozes Porsche out of every nook and cranny. What makes the Cayman so special is simple: it drives and handles as few other competitors can. The 2021 718 Cayman does come with some flaws, such as an uninspiring interior (that's very well built), a lack of driver-assistance features, and uninspiring four-cylinder engines, but that can't detract from just how much fun it is to fling one of these around a set of corners. The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman coupe is priced above most of its competitors, and one could buy some US-made muscle car with significantly more power for the same money, but for Porsche purists, this won't even enter their minds.

🚗What 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman Model Should I Buy?

We'd go with a manual Cayman S. This mid-level 718 Cayman coupe uses the more powerful 2.5-liter boxer-four producing 350 hp, and will get to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds. Priced at $72,500, the Cayman S costs $14,900 less than the 4.0 GTS, leaving you with some breathing room to add niceties such as the Premium Package with lane change assist, if the lack of an official safety rating gives you pause. The rest of the package includes Porsche entry and drive, ventilated seats, and a light design package for $4,050. We'd also add the $2,090 Sport Chrono package, which adds performance features such as PSM Sport Mode and Launch Control. In review, a 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman with all this tacked on will cost you $73,850, including a destination fee of $1,350.

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