There is nothing “old school” about the Cayman GTS. Not sure what the author was drinking that day. I have no idea why “ old school” would even come to mind of anybody driving the 718. It a perfectly comfortable modern car. Not even close to any old school cars I have driven or owned. There is nothing mechanical about the 718. Even with the engine throbbing like a 993 with an aftermarket exhaust it clearly possesses all the sensibilities of a modern car.
“it feels like the torque band starts higher up when you are sitting in the driver’s seat. The level of torque made while puttering around is sufficient, but it also doesn’t feel as substantial at lower revs as the numbers would lead you to believe. As such, to be satisfied with the level of power being made by the flat four, you have to shift at higher rpm. “
I wish that were true but the above is the exact opposite of how I feel about the 718. You feel the torque way down on the rev range so you are not rewarded to be higher up on the rev range, unlike older versions. By the time you get higher up, you are going so fast on public roads you need to start backing off. Unlike the older Caymans where you could reasonably build to a sonorous crescendo, with the 718 being so fast you are there before you know it.
“blissfully run to redline in every gear all weekend long” ....well, only if you are on a track. I’m doing mid 50s in second gear and well into 90s in third. Where does the author think he is driving to redline on a public road. If I want to hear the engine sing at 5000rpms I need to be bombing down back roads in 2nd gear. Third gear at >5000 rpms is mostly left for straightaways on the highways unfortunately.
Just the other day, I punched the car at the on ramp and whoosh,...I was doing 120 mph. In a previous generation, I would have been doing 85 or 90 and enjoying the sound. With the 718 I was looking for the brakes to slow down. LOL.
Both these cars are a bit unexciting at lower speeds. They need speed to make them come alive.
I would probably chose a 911 if I could only have one and it was my DD, because I think it is a more comfortable long distance car on the highway and my wife can throw her purse in the back seat rather than at my feet if she is driving. But since I only care about the back roads and track, the 718 was a better decision for me.
I think the author should have quit after the first paragraph.