From the moment the first Cayman S mid-engine coupe debuted about a decade ago, the world started to think differently about Porsche sports cars. The 911 was no longer the default Porsche favorite of every enthusiast, and the superb drivability and mouthwatering presence of the "Boxster with a roof" added endlessly to the Cayman's appeal.
All new for 2017, the Porsche 718 Cayman presents a sports-car resale value case that is literally second to none. Starting just under $55,000, the 718 Cayman is priced about $5,000 less than the original Cayman S (the highest-performance model) from a decade ago, and the 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque provided by the new Cayman's turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder both best the power of the original Cayman S. At the $67,350 end of the 2017 718 Cayman offerings, the up-performance Cayman S version summons 350 horsepower from its 2.5-liter flat-4 turbo. Both are available with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
With new engines, a retuned chassis and suspension, quicker electric steering, and bigger brakes, and an uprated, leather-trimmed interior, the 2017 Caymans embody great driving. As our Expert Review put it, "Porsche's new 718 Cayman and Cayman S are two of the most exhilarating sports cars on the market at any price. Both respond brilliantly and confidently to driver input whether you're carving corners or just cruising down a freeway."
Performance and pleasure options for your 718 Cayman abound, but the car is so "right" right out of the box, that none of these extras are essential, and your Cayman will hold its resale value nonetheless.