The basic price of both the Cayman and the Cayman S makes it both a tempting proposition and a relatively affordable one.
While the Cayman S’s price puts it in competition with cars like the Lotus Evora and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupé, the base Cayman continues to hover in the void between there and more affordable performance coupés such as the Nissan 370Z and Audi TT S.
It’s a niche that continues to serve the car well. Cayman owners won’t be able to complain about the class-leading levels of CO2 their cars emit, or the excellent residuals they command.
Standard specification and the cost of options are much more likely to raise the blood pressure. Keeping adaptive dampers, torque vectoring, a limited-slip diff and dynamic transmission mounts on the options list smacks a little of taking advantage of your customer.
Porsche could offer more value for money with its equipment. On a premium sports car car, charging extra for metallic paint, a rear wiper and headlight washers looks like profiteering.
On the plus side, reliability should be good and Porsche dealerships have an excellent standard of customer care.