With an increase of 25bhp over the outgoing car, the new engine produces 320bhp and, in a car weighing just 1350kg, thats enough oomph to rocket the Cayman S past 62mph in just 5.1 seconds and on to a pupil-popping top speed of 172mph.
That direct-injection fuel system also means throttle responses are virtually instantaneous, with the engines revs leaping to the redline like a Jack Russell at a butchers window.
Back off a bit and that lightweight body, ultra-precise fuel injection and a long top gear pay dividends for economy, letting you eke out a highly impressive 28.8mpg.
Specify the PDK semi-automatic gearbox and shifts are every bit as energetic as the engines lust for revs. Whether you leave the car in full auto mode or change gear via the steering wheel switches or floor-mounted stick, theres little difference even with your foot flat on the floor, the box whips through the gears with barely any hesitancy.