Release date, price and specs
The Porsche 718 Cayman may not be the German automaker’s most iconic model, but it has become the brand’s flagship. The Porsche Cayman’s mid-engine design and sporty driving dynamics make it an excellent option in the luxury sports car segment. But what’s new for the 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman? Here’s what you need to know about it:
When can I get a 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman?
The new model Porsche Cayman is available now. The new Cayman starts at $63,400, per Porsche. But Kelley Blue Book (KBB) estimates that the top-of-the-line Porsche Cayman model – the Cayman GT4 – will start well over six figures.
There are six versions in total for the 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman. The base model, T, S, GTS 4.0, GT4 and GT4 RS. Porsche says the Cayman T starts at $72,500. While the Cayman S starts a bit higher at $75,400, the Cayman GTS 4.0 goes up to a starting price of $90,300. The Cayman GT4 starts at $106,500 and the new GT4 RS at $149,100.
What’s new for the 2022 Porsche Cayman?
The luxury sports car gets a new trim level for the 2022 model year in the GT4 RS. Car and driver says the track-oriented model takes a powertrain from the Porsche 911 GT3 and tunes it up to 493 horsepower. With suspension and aerodynamic changes, it’s designed to improve track times. The RS can be upgraded for racing even more with the RS Clubsport.
There are two new colors for the Porsche Cayman in 2022: Shark Blue and Ice Berry Metallic. Both will cost more at $2,580 and $650, respectively. There are more customization options for items, including keychains, leather accessories, and floor mats.
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Specifications of the 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman
All Porsche Cayman models are rear-wheel drive with a standard six-speed manual transmission. The 7-speed automatic PDK system is also available for each model.
The base Cayman and Cayman J are both powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The base model comes with a sports exhaust, xenon headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels. The T-trim bumps up to 20-inch wheels with sport suspension, sport seats and a mechanical limited-slip differential. Both versions get a combined total of 22 miles per gallon (mpg).
The Cayman S has a power increase over the base option. A 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine develops 350 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque.
The GTS 4.0 is similar to the T version in performance upgrades, but with a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine generating 394 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque. The latter is increased to 317 with the optional PDK system. There are also GTS-specific trim details.
The Cayman GT4 gets another power boost. The 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine develops 414 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque. There are upgraded brakes, larger cooling intakes and a rear spoiler to handle that power. The suspension is lowered by 30 mm compared to the GTS 4.0. And like the GTS 4.0, it also has specific finishing details.
The brand new GT4RS takes the luxury sports car even further in terms of performance. The GT3’s 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine develops 331 lb-ft of torque and 493 horsepower. The hood and fenders are made of carbon fiber to reduce weight, and the aerodynamic modifications make it a car designed for the track.
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2022 Porsche 718 Cayman Features and Improvements
Every Porsche Cayman model is equipped with front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, an eight-speaker audio system and Apple CarPlay. The Model T gets a bump with the sports chrono package. This package includes selectable drive modes and, when paired with the PDK system, launch control, race-inspired shifting, SPORT response and dynamic transmission mounts. There are also interior upgrades like a dash-mounted stopwatch and performance display.
Performance enhancements over the T trim are available for the S as an option. Other options include a brake upgrade to ceramic composite rotors and adaptive cruise control. Inside the cabin, full leather upholstery, 14 or 18-way adjustable sports seats and a Bose or Burmester audio system are optional upgrades. You can also get a navigation system and blind spot monitoring.
Is the new Porsche Cayman worth it?
Car and driver named the Porsche 718 Cayman to its Editors’ Choice list as one of the Best Sports Cars of 2022. The Porsche Cayman and 718 Boxster Convertible also made Car and Driver’s list of Best New Sports Cars of 2022.
Starting price is steep compared to other sports coupes like the Chevrolet Corvette (starting MSRP of $64,200 for significantly more horsepower than the base Cayman) and Toyota Supra (starting at $43,540 ). It’s more blunt, but Car and Driver and KBB agree: the 2022 Porsche Cayman 718 is a joy to drive.
Car and Driver reviewers say the Cayman’s chassis and steering response “transcend perfection”. They rate the standard six-speed manual transmission as one of the best on the market. They recommend the GTS 4.0 version, thanks to the power boost.
KBB agrees that the new Cayman has nimble handling and exceptional balance. But reviewers note that it’s also comfortable and practical for everyday driving. There’s plenty of cargo space with both a rear cargo hold and a front trunk. The interior is comfortable with plenty of legroom, and Car and Driver agree. Reviewers call the cabin skin-tight with comfortable seats and easy-to-understand gauges.
The price may be too high considering other options in the luxury sports car and sports coupe segments. If value or raw horsepower is more important, the new Porsche may not be the best option. But you’d be hard pressed to find a better driving experience for the segment than the 2022 Porsche Cayman 718.
Porsche has confirmed that the Cayman will also become an all-electric luxury sports car within a few years. So if an electric sports coupe is more what you’re looking for, it might be worth the wait for a few years.
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