Drive a Cayman in entirely standard form – or as close to it as you can get – and the dynamic integrity of the car is clear.
Even without Porsche’s PASM suspension, the basic Cayman’s sporting blend of compliance and body control feels expertly judged.
The damper response reeks of fine-tuning. Initial give turns into the sort of reassuring support that you can lean on in total confidence, and there’s a gradual, seamless transition in between that allows for changeable road surfaces very adroitly indeed. The resulting compromise feels sophisticated.
Guiding the Cayman from corner to corner is an immersive pleasure. There’s a little roll, but only at high effort levels, where it serves to remind you gently that you’re approaching the limits, exactly as a road car should.
The car’s cornering balance is near-perfect: neutral but unerringly predictable on a balanced throttle, and biased ever so slightly towards understeer if you throttle up before you begin easing the lateral load out of the front tyres.
Caymans equipped with Porsche’s torque vectoring option are slightly more adjustable with power as the corner develops, while models with Porsche's adaptive dampers further bolster the Cayman's capabilities, delivering a level of compliancy and control that can be be benchmarked against Lotus and McLaren.
However, any new Cayman would seem to come with a sense of natural handling even more wonderful than the previous one had. It has a sense of easy precision, instinctive poise and flattering controllability equalled only by handful of sports cars in the world – and eclipsed by precisely none.
Whether you opt for the riotous 2.7-litre version, or the more muscular S model, you won't be disappointed.