2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the Camaro’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the 718 Cayman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the 718 Cayman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 718 Cayman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 16 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camaro has a standard 700-amp battery. The 718 Cayman’s 340-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the 718 Cayman:

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro LT1/SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman S 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

350 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman GTS 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

365 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman GTS 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

365 HP

317 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro LT1/SS is faster than the 718 Cayman S (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

718 Cayman

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.1 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

115 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the Porsche 718 Cayman (base engine) (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

718 Cayman

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

12.7 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the 718 Cayman S (automatics tested):

Camaro

718 Cayman

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

114.9 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the Porsche 718 Cayman (base engine) (automatics tested):

Camaro

718 Cayman

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

111.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camaro gets better fuel mileage than the 718 Cayman:

MPG

Camaro

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

718 Cayman

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

S 2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

GTS 2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/25 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

S 2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

GTS 2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The 718 Cayman requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 718 Cayman’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Camaro has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the 718 Cayman’s optional fuel tank (19 vs. 16.9 gallons).

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the 718 Cayman.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 718 Cayman:

Camaro ZL1

718 Cayman

718 Cayman

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11.8 inches

13.8 inches

The Camaro stops shorter than the 718 Cayman:

Camaro

718 Cayman

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

146 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

100 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the 718 Cayman (245/50R18 vs. 235/45R18). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 718 Cayman (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:305/30R20).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 718 Cayman’s optional 35 series front tires.

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The 718 Cayman doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The 718 Cayman doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 13.3 inches longer than on the 718 Cayman (110.7 inches vs. 97.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 3.5 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 718 Cayman.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the 718 Cayman’s (44.7% to 55.3%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the 718 Cayman pulls only 1.00 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 718 Cayman S (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 23.7 seconds @ .89 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Camaro has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 718 Cayman can only carry 2.

The Camaro Coupe has 45 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 718 Cayman (93 vs. 48).

Ergonomics

The Camaro Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Camaro has standard extendable sun visors. The 718 Cayman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Camaro comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Porsche 718 Cayman isn’t available as a convertible.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 718 Cayman isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The 718 Cayman has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Porsche Cayman by over 16 to one during 2018.

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