I purchased my first Porsche in 2016. Although I loved the test drive in the 981 Cayman S, I was intimidated by the power and the cost. I decided to start small and build brand equity. I purchased a 981 base Cayman with no options. I loved the car.
In February 2018 I went to Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama for a Porsche two day "Sport Driving School". I got to drive different Porsches on the track, autocross and skid pad. I learned a lot and I want to go back. I soon felt like I was ready for more power.
I am a Cayman guy. I prefer the mid-engine handling. The Cayman fits me like a glove. Like so many others, I also love the N.A. flat six. The problem was I could no longer get a new Cayman with a flat six. I was disappointed. I adjusted my thinking.
I recently purchased a 2019 Cayman S 6MT with PASM and PTV which I love. The mid range torque and acceleration are phenomenal and the handling is sublime. I was disappointed with the sound initially until I removed the "Soundaktor" fuse. Without the "Soundaktor" the true engine sounds come through. The S has a big four cylinder engine with a big turbo. It is still really LOUD in sport mode, but I can make it quiet too.
If a flat six had been available in the Cayman this year, I would have purchased it. I also considered buying used, but decided against that. Like so many others, I have been hoping that Porsche would bring back the flat six, but I figured it was a victim of environmental regulations.
Then the new GT4 was unveiled. It looks awesome. I hope that maybe Porsche will offer a road going version like the 911 GT3 touring edition. Maybe the pundits will stop bashing the 718 now.
Now I see this post today about the flat six coming back in more of a road car. I hope it is true. I am not really interested in a GT4 for the road. The S/GTS is more than adequate. If Porsche does bring back the flat six in a Cayman more suited to the road than the track, that will likely be my next car. In the mean time, I am really enjoying the turbo four in the awesome 718 Cayman S. What a problem to have!