Porsche's cheapest sports car gets expensive quite quickly.
Playing with the configurator for the Porsche 718 Cayman is a great way to kill time. As this is Porsche we’re talking about there are a ton of odd options, from leather fuse box covers ($380) to a Porsche logo fuel cap ($180). These ridiculous options caught our eye, but what really grabbed our attention were the optional features that ran into the thousands of dollars. After combing through the option list for both the 718 Cayman and Cayman S (spoiler: they are virtually identical), here are the five priciest options we found.
For $4,460 you can get the cabin and the seats of your 718 Cayman covered in your own custom leather color combo. There are pre-selected color combinations that are cheaper, and there’s an all-natural leather interior/seat combo that runs $4,030. But that all-natural option only comes in one color, espresso. If you really want to express yourself this is really the only way to go. As you'd expect this isn't the most expensive interior option despite being almost $4,500.
Why settle for the 718 Cayman’s stock sound system when you can kick things up multiple notches with the top-tier Burmester sound system? It costs $4,690 but you do get a whole lot of noise. Total sound output is 821 watts and you get 12 individually controlled speakers along with a 300-watt active subwoofer with an amp integrated into the Cayman’s body. The sound is also constantly adjusted in real-time to ensure the highest quality regardless of driving conditions.
No one would ever mistake the 718 Cayman for the 911 Turbo but you might be able to fool some people by optioning a pair of 20-inch 911 Turbo wheels. A set will run you $4,750 but they are a substantial upgrade over the Cayman’s base 18-inch wheels. You get a set of forged one-piece alloy wheels with a two-tone titanium finish and a polished front. These look far better than the stock 18-inch alloys and you get larger tires, if you're into that sort of stuff.
On its own the Premium Package Plus is just $3,170, not nearly enough to make this list. However, you cannot select it without also buying the Adaptive Sport Seats Plus (18-way) with Memory Package for an additional $3,465. All told that’s $6,635 but you do get a very hooked up set of sport seats complete with heating and ventilation along with dual-zone climate control. There are also many other goodies here, including automatically dimming mirrors with rain sensors and the Porsche Dynamic Light System (high-tech auto-adjusting headlights that clean themselves).
As you’d expect the most expensive option for the 718 Cayman increases its performance. For $7,400 you get a set of Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes. The disc brakes themselves are carbon-fiber reinforced and are internally vented and cross drilled. They measure 350 mm front and back. The eye-catching yellow aluminum monobloc fixed calipers are six-piston up front and four-piston in the rear. When it comes to brakes there’s no middle ground, so it’s either ball or bust.
If you were to select all five of these options and nothing else the total price (delivery fee included) of the base Cayman would jump from $54,960 to $82,885 and the price of the Cayman S would go from $67,350 to $94,095. Of course no one would spec their 718 Cayman this way. There are no performance options aside from the brakes! Our advice: Skimp on the interior and spend your money on stuff like the Sport Chrono Package and the torque vectoring system.