If anything, the bar here is set higher than even our expectations of the engine.
The Cayman’s perennial place in our affections is, after all, based more on the way the car gets round a corner than how it arrived there.
Unexpectedly, it is the GT4 that offers the most meaningful comparison here, too, chiefly because it is in that direction – faster, grippier and ever more purposeful – that the car appears to have been taken.
Given the 718’s technical kinship (not least its adoption of 10in-wide rear wheels) and Porsche’s professed desire for greater lateral stability, perhaps that was inevitable.
It certainly means that a modicum of the previous car’s deft adjustable poise has been whittled away.
The Cayman’s stern hold on the road now feels almost at 911 levels. However, if the coupé needs to be driven that bit faster to access the chassis’ talent, then that’s probably appropriate because the 2.5-litre engine tends to have you pedalling faster than you might have been in the previous S.
Key yourself into all the available energy and the 718 harnesses it with real aplomb. The steering, probably sweeter with the addition of the lower-mass carbon-ceramic brakes, is a model for electric assistance.
It’s densely progressive, communicative, beautifully benign with any slip angle in the mix and sharper now without feeling the least bit overactive.
But the real enhancement, doubtless embellished further by the lower PASM suspension, is the sublime amalgamation of body control and ride quality.
The higher spring rates that supply the superbly managed turn-in and mid-corner control don’t constrict its ability to stay wonderfully pliant on the average B-road.
In its most comfort-orientated default setting, the 718 soaks up the huge punishment presumably being taken by the optional 20in rims, leaving its driver serene in a matchless brand of tacked-down composure – even as the car’s appetite for speed edges you towards ever more frenetic, rear-drive reward.
In this respect, as a classic affordable sports car in a contemporary mould, the 718 remains without dynamic equal.