Arthur St. Antoine from Automobile Magazine thought the previous-generation Porsche Cayman was near-perfect and Porsche would be hard pressed to improve on such a great thing. Prepared to be disappointed, he was delightfully surprised after driving around a base 718 Cayman for a week.
Sure, he missed the old exhaust note but the new sound is just as satisfying to hear. Like other 718 test drivers before him, Arthur was a fan of the boxer sixes but the 2.0-liter turbo flat-fours managed to win him over. Perhaps it was the impressive 300 horses at 6,500 rpm and 280 pound-feet at 1,950 rpm, or maybe it was the near-instant throttle response.
The six-speed manual gearbox didn’t let him down either and it’s his transmission of choice even though the 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic is a fine option. That’s in part due top the gearbox’s quick response, nimble lever feel, excellent pedal placemen, and ease of finding your desired gear.
Let’s not forget the streamlined interior with its meaty looking steering wheel, large analog gauges, and cushy Sport seats.
“Yes, the new 718 is—dare I say it—even better than the near-perfect old Cayman. It’s just that much quicker, that much more agile, that much better-looking and more refined.” It’s not perfect yet, but “nearer-perfect” is still a step forward.