There’s no point in wasting dreams or money on supercars when the 10Best-winning 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman provides a similarly stellar experience at a huge discount. Despite being near the bottom of the Porsche pyramid, the Cayman coupe and Boxster convertible (reviewed separately) are enthralling machines that provide unrivaled feedback to the driver. Its expertly tuned chassis is supplemented by three distinct flat-four-cylinder engines and either a trusty manual or telepathic automatic transmission. Every Cayman can be personalized with countless individual options and even retains a compliant ride when not racing down roads. Sure, its coarse engine notes and uninspired interior are drawbacks, but the 2020 718 Cayman isn’t a wannabe supercar—it’s just an attainable one.
What’s New for 2020?
For 2020, Porsche targets people who want a purer driving experience without paying for the top-dollar GTS model. The answer is the all-new Cayman T—and convertible Boxster T—that keeps the base 300-hp flat-four engine and removes some interior bits to lower its weight. Although it costs more than the entry-level Cayman, the T does add more standard performance equipment. This includes 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and the Sport Chrono package that adds drive modes. Likewise, Porsche resurrects the Cayman’s track-ready alter ego with the 2020 718 GT4 (reviewed separately). Also new for 2020 is the GTS 4.0, which has a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six that makes 394 horsepower. The even higher-performing Cayman GT4 RS–which may make as much as 500 horsepower–is expected to debut sometime in 2021 or 2022.