I see you currently own a 981 Cayman. With all the 981 vs. 718 debate going on, can you share your reasoning for purchasing a 718?
Yes, and I absolutely love the car! In response to your question, beginning several years ago I decided to purchase a new Cayman in 2018 - my spouse and I take turns buying a new car and 2018 is my year. In January 2017, an uninsured kid in an SUV ran into my 2012 BMW E92 and although my BMW was repaired to 99%, I did not look at it the same.
Since I had planned to purchase the Cayman, we thought we would go ahead and purchase an older one (the 2014) and make sure I liked it and it would work for our weekend and longer driving trips. Of course, it did and we moved forward with the 2018.
A few notes (no pun intended): we test drove a 2017 base Cayman and Boxster, an S of each, manual, and PDK versions. The new cars drive extremely well and we did not find the 4-cylinder turbo engine sound objectionable at all. Different, yes. Deal breaker, absolutely not. We also found the base to be perfectly suited for us and loaded up with "luxury" items in lieu of the S.
Finally, ordering a new Cayman allowed us to spec everything we wanted (within reason) and to customize it to suit our needs.