2019 Porsche 718 vs. Its Competition

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Rivals for the 718 usually fall into two categories: performance or luxury.

The new 911 certainly rivals the 718 for performance, but it costs much more.

The Mercedes-Benz SLC Class is a luxury contender, but its dated interior lets it down compared to the 718.

The Audi TT is a handsomely styled coupe or convertible, but only top trims can reach the 718’s performance.

The Corvette boasts a big V-8 and eye-popping numbers to match, it’s a chainsaw compared to the 718’s scalpel.

The 370Z has the right proportions (and price) but its V-6 is overmatched compared to the rest.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2019 Porsche 718 may never be the champion of the automaker’s lineup, but it’s a champ everywhere else.
8.0
The 2020 Porsche 911 improves upon the sports car icon’s incredible performance while adding needed safety and connectivity features.
7.2
Every Corvette delivers power and performance, but the Grand Sport emerges as the track star with a reasonable price and a livable ride.
5.8
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class splits its mission between top-down cruiser and top-up thrill seeker.
5.6
The base 370Z is just about as barebones as it gets, with electronics and interior that were barely up to date in 2009, when the car was first released. Sport models add the right performance bits and don’t complicate the price tag too much.
MSRP From    
$56,900$113,300$55,900$48,950$30,090
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6Gas V8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersMinicompact CarsTwo SeaterTwo-SeatersTwo-Seaters
Style Name    
CoupeCarrera S Coupe2-Door Stingray Coupe w/2LTSLC 300 RoadsterManual
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
24222
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
CoupeCoupeCoupeRoadsterCoupe
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManualAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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