Originally Posted by JulieDriving
Good thread idea and great responses. Please keep 'em coming.
I've wondered about the same thing. I haven't driven a whole lotta cars, but a new generation Cayman S is kinda the only one I see in my future besides the new M3.
I'd like to get into tracking but don't want to track my (incoming) DD M3. I don't have the budget at this point for a track car like the Cayman. But I have thought about picking up a used S2000 or E46 M3. For some reason, I'm not as enamoured with the Miata (test drove an NC) even those there's a lot of magazine praise for it. Now I'm thinking of the new Toyaburu FR-S/ BRZ twins. Great reviews so far, relatively inexpensive, and new cars... As I'm thinking about reliability and cost of consumables...
With the Cayman S, you will gain:
Out-of-this-world handling and responsiveness (not that the M3 sucks). Arguably the finest handling stock street car on the planet.
You will lose:
A bit of speed/acceleration capability and ride comfort. The ultra-short wheelbase on the cayman makes for a choppy ride so dont get it if it is going to see any real duty as a highway cruiser.
This was actually one of my biggest reasons in choosing an M3 over the Cayman S. My M3 sees a fair amount of highway cruising.