The new 718 Cayman and Cayman S certainly are not baby Porsches any more! These are proper track stars in any configuration. The price gap between the Cayman and 911 is now pretty wide -- about $75k ($54k base) plays about $90k and up for the big brother.
As ever, most of the goodies you will really want are optional and can take the price of the 911 in particular easily into the 130s for a Carrera 2S.
So Cayman seems like a viable, smart choice.
Power from the new 718 Cayman S comes from a turbo four for the first time. We were immediately impressed by its rorty shout and strong pace. The Cayman S bumps from 300HP to 350HP, and its sprint pace is as low as 4.0-seconds with the PDK and Sport Chrono packs.
Not too shabby on paper, then! Great in the flesh. Even without Sport Chrono and its launch control, the car hops off the line and up its rev range with glee.
It feels supremely light at all times, and pin-point accurate around corners.