As the hardtop sibling of the Porsche Boxster, the 718 Cayman retains the same ingredients that make every Porsche a joy to drive. There are powerful engines, a sublime chassis, and a driver-focused cockpit that puts everything within easy reach. A pair of turbocharged four-cylinder engines produce either 300 or 350 hp, while the GTS 4.0 cranks up the heat with its 394-hp naturally aspirated flat-six. All versions come with a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Cayman T and GTS 4.0 ship standard with the Sport Chrono Package and a lowered PASM sport suspension.
Standard features include front/rear parking sensors, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen display, an eight-speaker sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated seats. Porsche's vast options list can add tens of thousands to the base price, while also making the Cayman considerably more luxurious.
For 2022, the 718 Cayman starts off with the base model at an MSRP of $60,500 in the USA, a $600 price increase over last year's model. Following this is the Cayman T at $69,600, and then the more powerful Cayman S at $72,500. For access to a naturally aspirated flat-six, the GTS 4.0 will cost you a hefty $87,400. All of these prices exclude any extras and Porsche's delivery charge of $1,350. The Porsche Cayman will cost an additional $3,210 if you spec the PDK gearbox on the base trim and the S, while this upgrade costs $3,730 on the T and GTS. The options list should be approached with caution - in no time at all, we were able to configure a Porsche Cayman at a price of over $140,000. This applies to the GTS 4.0 with several options ticked.
Depending on how much you're willing to fork out, there's no shortage of options if a stock Cayman doesn't offer enough equipment or luxury. On the base Cayman, the $4,050 Premium Package includes a Bose surround sound system, ventilated seats, lane-change assist, LED headlights, and more. 18-way adaptive sport seats with memory go for $3,830, while the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system adds $1,790 to the price. Navigation goes for $2,320. The Cayman S comes with all of these upgrades, too. New for this year, you can have your key fob painted in your car's body color and get a leather key pouch with it for $540.
On the Cayman T, the Premium Package costs less at $3,500, although it misses out on some extras like ventilated seats. This trim has access to a specific 718 T Interior Package that adds a total of $2,770 to the price. Finally, the GTS 4.0 also offers a Premium Package at $3,500, along with extras such as 911 Turbo wheels ($2,450), full bucket seats in carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic ($5,900), standalone adaptive cruise control (at $1,670, but this also requires upgrading to the PDK gearbox for an additional cost), and a heated steering wheel ($470). Most of these upgrades are available on other trims as well. The GTS Interior Package costs $3,690 and adds deviated color stitching, carbon fiber trim, and the GTS logo embroidered into the headrests, among other items. Essentially, the Cayman's base price is just the starting point - 911 territory awaits if you aren't careful with the options.
With its flat-six naturally aspirated engine, the GTS 4.0 is the Porsche Cayman model that everyone wants. That motor simply elevates the driving experience to another level. That being said, it carries a hefty price premium over other models in the range. For a more attainable 718, the base Cayman with a few options thrown in is fast enough and comes with most of the equipment found elsewhere in the range. Some of the extras we'd go for include the 20-inch Carrera S wheels ($2,730), the leather interior ($2,520), and the Premium Package ($4,050). Anything more than this, and you may as well get the more powerful Cayman S.
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