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2019 Porsche 718 Cayman S Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2019 Porsche 718 Cayman S

It is never so easy to make a car so fine to fall under all the standards. But it is not even impossible to craft a masterpiece with such fine excellence. Well, the Porsche 718 Cayman is indeed one of the fine examples filled with performance and passion. But the Porsche has crafted something more dazzling and amazing.

It is the Cayman S, a performance edition of the 718 Cayman with an increased power rating but almost similar structure. Well, the Cayman S was introduced alongside the third generation 718 Cayman by the summer of 2016. And since then it does a fine job in the market.

Well, the 718 is one of the memorable nomenclatures for the Porsche. The actual Porsche 718 won the Targa Florio races of 1959 and 1960. And in its memory, the company badged the Cayman and the Boxster series with a prefix of 718.

Though the Cayman and the Cayman S are not the fastest Porsches. But they have some fine performance guts and comfortable interior setup. It would not make you win against some giants. But it would certainly help you keep a high profile under the flat-four machines.

The Porsche has been relentless about the pricing on its cars. A car that was worth some 60 grands last year, is now sold at 65 grands. And that is how the Cayman S earned its base price of $67,700 that might go up to $95,000 with the available amenities. While a finest, fully loaded version might cost $97,000.

Let’s get deep into the Porsche Cayman S:

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2.5 L6 – speed manual

7 – speed automatic

350 hp310 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
4.5s175 mphCoupe22 city/ 27 highway


Hood of 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman S

The Porsche Cayman’s inline-4 cylinder engines are quite new to the Porsche’s performance class. And they have proved to be sharper and stronger. Well, the Cayman S gets a 2.5 L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. And the installed turbocharger gets the Variable Turbine Geometry for vectoring the power output.

The Cayman S makes 350 hp of power at 310 lb-ft of torque making it rank above the base 718 Cayman. Further, it is a rear-wheel-drive car and is available with the 6-speed manual or the 7-speed PDK automatic transmission.

As per the Porsche, the Cayman S with the manual transmission can launch from 0-62 mph within 4.6 seconds. While those with the PDK automatic would make it in 4.4 seconds. While we could only paddle it to 4.5 seconds over a top speed of 175 mph.

Further, the Cayman S is a bit dirty as well. It emits around 167 to 184 g/km of CO2. Ahead of that, the Porsche Cayman S can give you a combined fuel mileage of 25 mpg. Well, that is all fine when you are expecting performance rather than fulfilling any social responsibility.

The poised handling gives enough agility to roll down the city streets pretty smartly. While it is not as good as the all-wheel-drive Porsches with an increased grip on snow. But still, it would never let your guard down while driving on the highways or within some alleys in a city.

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2019 Porsche 718 Cayman S Exterior

The Cayman S does not really look much different than the standard Cayman. They both are born with the versatility of the performance index. Well, the Cayman S is available with more than 16 colors. And the color range is divided into a standard, metallic and special category. While there is even an option for the custom exterior color. Further, the 19-inch alloy wheels are standard. While there are plenty of designs available. Additional there are even some designs available in the 20-inch alloy wheels. Some additional exterior cosmetics include engine vents, a body-colored spoiler, body-colored side mirrors and the projector headlamps.

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Interior of 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman S

The interior is filled with luxury and comfort. After all, it is a Porsche that is meant to deal with the executive class of comfort. Well, the Cayman S gets the Alcantara leather seats with plenty of color options. Further, the trim, steering wheel and the knobs even get the leather wrapped on them. While the seating gets the option for the Sport-Tex material. Additionally, the seating package is available with either the sports seats, sport plus seats or the sport bucket seats. Well, the sports enthusiast could go for the optional GT Sports Steering Wheel design. Besides leather trim, there are even the options available in wood and carbon.

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Features of 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman S

The Cayman S even gets the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system like the standard version. The available features include the navigation, vehicle tracking system, smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth and telephony. Further, the entertainment options include BOSE audio system or the Burmester high-quality audio system with the surround sound effect.

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2019 Porsche 718 Cayman S Safety

The Porsche 718 Cayman S features every necessary safety equipment required for a safe journey. It comes with the antilock braking system, airbags, stretchable seatbelts and the side impact protection system. Further, some optional features include the traction and stability control, Isofix, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, speed limit indicator and a Fire Extinguisher. Well, this is all you can get with the Cayman S.

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We have the BMW M2 with 365 hp of power which laps 0-62 mph within 4.1 seconds. Further, it is one of the competitors of the Porsche 718 Cayman S. Though it is a bit powerful and speedy than the Cayman S. But they both have an equal comfort level.

Well, the Porsche 718 Cayman S is indeed a fine car to drive. Especially when you are looking for a passionate performance coupe, you can rely on the Cayman S. As it has a fine performance option and a wonderful interior setup. Even the exterior designing is remarkable.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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