2018 Porsche 718 Cayman vs. 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350

The 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 is one of the most powerful performance cars to come out of North America. Its torque, acceleration, handling and raw power is simply magnificent. However, Porsche has released the 2018 718 Cayman, a formidable vehicle prized for its engine, pristine interior and improved transmission. Which of them should you purchase?

Design & Style

The Porsche Cayman has two seats, and sharper lines than previous models. The rear has been strengthened, with lines that stretch down slightly from back to front. It comes with twenty-inch wheels and within the interior, the dash is covered by high-end materials. An array of switches and controls can be seen, which hint that this car was designed for sophisticated drivers. The Ford Mustang Shelby has a gorgeous cluster of digital instruments that are completely functional in its interior. The materials used in the cabin are a substantial improvement over previous models. Outside, the car has a nose which has been compared to a shark. Overall, the Mustang Shelby opts for angular, pronounced lines over the softer curves present in the Cayman.

Technology & Safety

The Ford Mustang Shelby has been given a five-star safety rating by multiple organizations. It has received praise for its cruise control which is adaptive, lane control, warnings for forward collision, monitoring for blind spots, and windshield wipers which automatically detect rain. It can also detect pedestrians and has automatic emergency brakes. Within the interior, the Mustang Shelby is equipped with technology that is driver and passenger focused. This includes keyless ignition, noise cancellation, LED lights, a camera in the rearview, eight-inch touchscreen, and leather covered seats and steering wheel. The Porsche Cayman is also rich in safety features, like parking sensors, automatic emergency brakes, active lane and cruise control and monitoring for blind spots. Inside, passengers will be treated to seven-inch touch screens, connectivity for USB and Bluetooth, and an audio system with six speakers.


The Porsche 718 Cayman is equipped with a turbocharged 2 liter flat 4 engine that can produce up to 300 horsepower with 280 pounds of torque. It can reach sixty miles per hour in about 4.4 seconds. The GTS variant, with 365 hp, can go from zero to sixty in under four seconds. The Ford Mustang comes in a number of versions, and the Shelby, which is the most powerful, can produce up to 526 horsepower with 429 pounds of torque with its V8, 5.2-liter engine.

The Bottom Line

The Porsche 718 Cayman and Ford Mustang Shelby are fierce rivals. However, despite the incredibly powerful engine the Shelby is equipped with, it comes at the cost of a dimwitted ten-speed automatic, and the interior, while improved, still lacks the panache of the Porsche, so the 718 Cayman wins.

Ready to Schedule a Porsche 718 Cayman Test Drive Today?

Feel how it is like to drive a luxury car offering the total package like that of what the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman offers. You can drive this stellar car here with us at Manhattan Motorcars. We are located in New York, and we are servicing the needs of car buyers in the Tri-State area. Visit us today at our showroom or call us to book your Porsche 718 Cayman test drive appointment in advance.

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