Originally Posted by kishg
i know this isn't most folks idea of an alternative since the two cars are quite different but i'd seriously look at the Cayman S. In fact I'm seriously looking at it regardless of the M3 price. I won't make any decisions until i've driven the m3 though.
Porsche knows the mid-engine layout of the Cayman will smoke the 911 if both had the same engine, and it doesn't want to destroy the brand image of the 911, so it will not ship the Cayman with enough power. In other words, the Cayman and the Cayman S are underpowered.