Turbocharging has not suddenly made the car wheezy, slow, anonymous or unlikeable.
For anyone fearing a four-cylinder implant of total featurelessness, rest assured: the coupé has not succumbed.
Objectively, it is in several ways better than what has gone before. Not least of these is the straight-line speed of the S model.
Our test car’s mix of a manual gearbox, a limiter on available revs for a standing start and the same slightly frail-feeling clutch we encountered on the 718 Boxster amounts to a car that you can’t launch away from the line particularly venomously.
Even so, the coupé managed 60mph in 4.8sec when two-up. That’s short of Porsche’s claim, but just 0.2sec behind the 3.8-litre 380bhp run-out Cayman GT4.
More winsome still is the in-gear performance. The previous Cayman’s naturally aspirated indifference to an open throttle at middling revs has been eradicated. So much so that from 60mph to 80mph in sixth, the S proved 1.3sec quicker than the GT4, thanks to the much earlier arrival of the same 310lb ft of peak twist.