The entry models of both do 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds. They both have a top speed of 170 mph. They each have 718 in their name and four-cylinders under the bonnet. There’s also two seats in each, two doors apiece and incredible handling guaranteed. So which one do you choose - the Porsche 718 Cayman or the Porsche 718 Boxster?
There’s little to separate the two, other than the obvious - the Porsche 718 Cayman is a fastback coupe, the Porsche 718 Boxster is a roadster and both are available to test drive at Porsche Centre Bristol, Swindon, Tewkesbury and Cardiff.
There’s isn’t a lot of difference between the two when it comes to boot space, although the Porsche 718 Cayman does offer slightly more rear visibility than the Porsche 718 Boxster when the roof is up, not that the roof is remotely in the way.
Traditionally, the base level Porsche Cayman used to offer more power than similar Porsche Boxsters, but with last year’s rename and revamp to include the 718 moniker in each model things changed.
Most notably from a flat six engine to a four-cylinder turbocharged version. This means increased torque and horsepower and better fuel consumption. Entry levels come with a 296bhp 2.0 litre unit, while the faster S models comes with a 345bhp 2.5 litres engine.
Put Porsche’s PDK gearbox in either car and the 0-60 time decreases even further to around 4.7 seconds, while the top speed increases to 177 mph.
The new Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and the Porsche Cayman GTS have a further refined version of the S’s 2.5-litre unit, tuned to deliver 361bhp at 6,500rpm.
Porsche has also tweaked the suspension and steering to make both cars sharper and more involving to drive. Both have two boots thanks to the mid-engine placement and roomy interiors packed full of technology.
The Porsche Communication Management system, which allows you to easily and seamlessly access your smartphone’s functions while driving, is standard in both the Porsche 718 Cayman and the Porsche 718 Boxster. A six-speed transmission is also standard.
The only other difference between the two is the price. The Porsche 718 Cayman starts at £42,897, while the Porsche 718 Cayman S is from £51,853.
In comparison, the Porsche 718 Boxster entry model comes in from £44,758 and the Porsche 718 Boxster S is from £53,714.
The GTS models will set you back upwards of £59,866 for the 718 Cayman and from £61,727 for the 718 Boxster.