The 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman sports car is available in six trim levels: the base 718 Cayman, 718 Cayman T, 718 Cayman S, Cayman GTS 4.0, 718 Cayman GT4, and the new top-dog 718 Cayman GT4 RS. All models are rear-wheel-drive, and all except the GT4 RS come standard with a six-speed manual transmission.
The RS gets a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (Porsche’s PDK) as standard, which is otherwise optional for the remaining models. The 2022 Porsche Cayman is the most affordable way to drive off in a brand new coupe from the famous Zuffenhausen automaker.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Porsche offers an assortment of potent engines on the Cayman. The entry-level version is a 300-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four. The S variant is motivated by a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four that generates 350 horses. While the four-cylinders provide quick acceleration, we take issue with the coarse sounds they produce. Thankfully, the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six fixes the Cayman’s auditory issues.
In addition to the intoxicating noises it makes, the six-cylinder generates 394 ponies in the GTS 4.0, 414 in GT4, and 493 in the new GT4 RS. Regardless of which engine you choose, every Cayman comes standard with a slick six-speed manual transmission—perhaps the best one on the market. If you’re not into that, you can get a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (DCT) with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.
The Cayman’s willful chassis and telepathic steering transcend perfection. Credit the Cayman’s mid-engine layout and sticky summer tires, which work together to provide the sports coupe with stunning balance and stability on twisty two-lane roads. This car is a sublime mix of heady handling and a relatively relaxed ride.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates the base Cayman will achieve up to 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The more powerful S model is rated at 19 mpg city and 25 highway with the automatic, and a manual-equipped GT4 is rated at 16 mpg city and 23 highway. We tested the base car and a Cayman S on our 200-mile highway route, and both delivered a thrifty 32 mpg in the real world. For more information about Cayman’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Easy-to-understand gauges, comfortable seats, and well-placed controls give the Cayman’s cabin a form-fitting feeling, not unlike a superhero’s suit. Still, a plethora of hard buttons and a number of cheap plastic pieces keep the interior from standing out in this class. Fortunately, Porsche will cover just about any surface in leather—at a cost, of course.
A compact front trunk complements the Cayman’s rear cargo area, providing the small sports car with cargo space that rivals the best of its competitive set. We fit two carry-on suitcases in the trunk and two in the frunk. A steep rear-hatch angle, however, means owners will need to use soft duffel bags to make the most of the available space.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman‘s standard touchscreen infotainment system is straightforward and offers generally quick response times to user inputs. While Porsche nickels and dimes its customers by charging extra for some features, such as built-in navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot, every model now has Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Android Auto isn’t available, though. The audio system can be upgraded to either a Bose stereo or a high-end Burmester unit that has 12 speakers and a total output of 821 watts.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman is available with a handful of driver-assistance technologies and comes standard with front and rear parking sensors. For more information about Cayman’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0
Vehicle Type: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door hatchback
Base/As Tested: $88,150/$100,990
Options: GTS interior package, $3690, 18-way seats, $3030; navigation, $2320; Black/Carmine Red leather interior, $2160; Bose audio, $990; GT Silver Metallic paint, $650
DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 244 in3, 3996 cm3
Power: 394 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 309 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Suspension, F/R: struts/struts
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented, cross-drilled disc/13.0-in vented, cross-drilled disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
F: 235/35R-20 (88Y) N1
R: 265/35R-20 (95Y) N1
Wheelbase: 97.4 in
Length: 173.4 in
Width: 70.9 in
Height: 50.2 in
Passenger Volume: 49 ft3
Cargo Volume, F/R: 5/10 ft3
Curb Weight: 3196 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.8 sec
100 mph: 8.5 sec
1/4-Mile: 12.0 sec @ 120 mph
130 mph: 13.9 sec
150 mph: 19.3 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.5 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 6.2 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.9 sec
Top Speed (mfr’s claim): 182 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 142 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 284 ft
Road holding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.04 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 22 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/highway: 21/19/24 mpg
2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 PDK
mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED
$127,120 (base price: $104,760)
DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block, and heads, direct fuel injection
244 in3, 3996 cm3
414 hp @ 7600 rpm
317 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 16.1-in vented, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc, 15.4-in vented, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, F: 245/35ZR-20 (95Y) N1 R: 295/30ZR-20 (101Y) N1
Wheelbase: 97.8 in
Length: 175.5 in
Width: 71.9 in
Height: 50.0 in
Passenger volume: 49 ft3
Cargo volume, F/R: 5/10 ft3
Curb weight: 3251 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.3 sec
100 mph: 7.8 sec
130 mph: 13.7 sec
150 mph: 20.3 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.1 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.5 sec
1/4 mile: 11.6 sec @ 121 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 188 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 146 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 288 ft
Road holding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.07 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 20/18/24 mpg