Although the models start at $56,350 for a 718 Cayman, or $58,450 for a 718 Boxster, their prices rise quickly. Customization options or performance add-ons can tack on tens of thousands of dollars to the bottom line.
Paying more doesn’t always get more, so careful spending will net a good car in nearly every circumstance.
We give the 718 an 8 out of 10 for features thanks to good base content, great customization options, and a good base infotainment screen. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Base cars are equipped with 18-inch wheels, sport seats with leather inserts, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, power features, a six-speaker audio system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment. Boxster models are equipped with a power folding soft top.
Boxster S or Cayman S versions are equipped similarly, but add 19-inch wheels, upgraded audio, and a Sport button.
New for 2018, the Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS add more go-fast parts and a few niceties too. The GTS versions add to the S trim level 20-inch wheels, gripper synthetic suede or leather seats, torque vectoring, active suspension, a sport exhaust system, and a thick-rimmed steering wheel borrowed from the 918 that includes a drive mode selector that makes us feel like a Formula One driver on weekends. Kind of.
Those trim levels seem fairly straightforward, but ordering a Porsche is anything but.
Myriad customization options ensure that no two 718 models leaving the factory should be the same.
From paint swatches to performance bits, we have our picks for getting the most from the 718.
Sport Chrono may be a smart pick for shoppers interested in an automatic-equipped 718. In addition to a dash-mounted stopwatch, Sport Chrono offers a Sport+ setting that dials in more aggressive throttle and transmission behavior, and stiffer ride settings on cars with adaptive suspensions. For manual-equipped 718s, Sport Chrono adds rev-matching downshifts; for automatic-equipped 718s, Sport Chrono adds launch control. We’re sold more on the former—it’s just the right amount of fun to rocket off the line with the car’s help.
From there, most of the 718s features are split between luxury options and performance options. High-end audio from Burmeister, leather seating, wood or carbon fiber dash inserts, are all available to make the cabin even nicer.
Beyond Sport Chrono, Porsche offers pricey performance add-ons including carbon ceramic brakes ($7,410), torque vectoring ($1,320), and sport exhaust systems ($2,900).
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