2019 Porsche 718 Cayman vs the Competition


The new 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman offers up to 350 max hp and accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. This luxury, turbocharged sports car delivers an extraordinary drive in a class of its own and throughout every twist and turn. The new 718 Cayman doesn’t simply carry on from where the 718 GTR Coupe left off in 1963, but seeks instead to piece together a legend of it’s own. Take on every four-lane highway and the city of Chicago with the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman, offering enhanced performance, handling, superior design, and a generous amount of space with two luggage compartments.


2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Model Comparison

Compared with its previous models, the new 718 Cayman offers a more bold design, guaranteed to strike second glances, an even sportier chassis setup, new performance features, enhanced comfort materials, and assistance programs for your convenience. Let’s see how the 718 Cayman compares to the competition, including the BMW M2 and the Mercedes-Benz SLC Class.


2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Power Comparison



718 Cayman


Mercedes-Benz SLC Class

Max. Power

300 hp

405 hp

241 hp

Max. Torque

309 lb-ft

406 lb-ft

273 lb-ft


Turbocharged boxer 4-cylinder

M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder

2.0L inline-4 turbo

0-60 mph

4.9 seconds

4.2 seconds

5.8 seconds


Comparing performance and handling, the flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the new 718 Cayman lowers its center of gravity. This enhances handling and overall stability. The BMW M2 does not offer a boxer engine configuration and can provide a shakier on the road. You may feel yourself bouncing up and down on the road or on race track. While the M2 engine is more powerful compared to the 718 Cayman, it is not much faster.


2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Fuel Economy Comparison



718 Cayman


Mercedes-Benz SLC Class

City/Hwy MPG (Manual)




City/Hwy MPG (Automatic)





The 718 Cayman’s 4 cylinder turbocharged engine makes for great fuel economy with 21mpg city/28mpg highway, while the BMW M2 is less fuel efficient at 17mpg city/23mpg highway. The Mercedes-Benz SLC Class offers better fuel economy in a 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine with less max power than the 718 Cayman.


2019 Porsche 718 Cayman Driveability Comparison

The 718 Cayman comes equipped with Porsche Stability Management (PSM), which is an automatic control system for helping to maintain stability at the limits of dynamic driving performance. This adjusts the damping force on each wheel, based on the road conditions and your driving style. Porsche Stability Management (PSM) offers increased driving stability, comfort, and overall performance. The competition fails to compare. Additionally, for a smoother ride, the 718 Cayman has liquid-filled engine mounts to reduce engine vibration in the passenger area. The liquid helps to further dampen engine harshness. The competition uses conventional rubber engine mounts.


The Porsche 718 Cayman may is more fuel efficient, handles and accelerates better than the competition. This luxury sports car also weighs 300-650 pounds less than the BMW M2 and the Mercedes-Benz SLC Class. Comparing drivability, The 718 Cayman is also 3.8 inches shorter than the M2. This sets the Porsche ahead of the competition in easier handling, maneuvering, and parking in tight spaces. 


Visit Porsche Exchange in Highland Park, IL for a Test Drive

We know you’ve been dreaming of owning one, you’ve done your research, now you just need that little nudge to help inform and inspire your decision.  So come in today to Porsche Exchange in Highland Park for your test drive! See for yourself how the 718 Cayman stacks up against the competition.


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