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some­thing only Porsche has achieved in petrol en­gines.

The go-fast Sports Chrono pack comes as stan­dard in GTS trim, help­ing the car hit 100km/h in just 4.1s – one-tenth quicker than the S model with the same fea­ture. Top speed goes up to 290km/h. It also gets sharper ex­ter­nal de­sign with plenty of black trim and the best in­te­rior fit-out.

It’s a ter­rific car to drive. The steer­ing is beau­ti­fully weighted and pre­cise. The chas­sis in­spires con­fi­dence with its bal­ance and com­po­sure. It speaks to the driver in you with sub­tle ad­just­ments in its poise in re­sponse to minute in­puts to throt­tle or wheel. Few cars at any price do ev­ery­thing this well.

Price is an is­sue though. The test Cay­man GTS had a few op­tions fit­ted, such as pre­mium au­dio, power sports seats, in­tel­li­gent LED head­lights and painted wheels. It was sur­pris­ing that some of these things were op­tions, given a start­ing price of al­most $180k. I was even more shocked when the even­tual sticker came in at more than $200k. That’s nudg­ing into 911 ter­ri­tory – they start at $220k – and it’s a prob­lem. The most ba­sic 911 gets more power (272kW), torque (450Nm) and, cru­cially, more cylin­ders with a 3.0-litre turbo flat-six.

There’s noth­ing in­trin­si­cally wrong with the Cay­man’s four-pot unit – you might even warm to its dis­tinc­tive chaff-cut­ter sound, rem­i­nis­cent of those early Volk­swa­gens. The 2.5-litre feels po­tent, and Porsche has re­duced turbo lag (the de­lay in throt­tle re­sponse in­trin­sic to tur­bos) so that you barely no­tice.

But any way you cut it, the Cay­man GTS (and Boxster GTS for $2800 ex­tra) look very ex­pen­sive when it comes to pis­ton count. The only cars with less ca­pac­ity for this sort of money are hy­brids, such as PORSCHE CAY­MAN GTS

EN­GINE: 2.5-litre turbo-petrol flat four-cylin­der (269kW/430Nm). Av­er­age fuel 8.2 litres per 100km

TRANS­MIS­SION: Seven-speed dual clutch au­to­matic, rear-wheel drive

PRICE: From $178,680 BMW’s 740e limo or its i8 (three­cylin­der!) su­per­car. When it comes to pure petrol power, these Porsches are the most ex­pen­sive four-cylin­ders you can buy.

How­ever, the GTS is not the most ex­pen­sive Cay­man. That hon­our be­longs to the GT4, the swan­song of the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, which was fit­ted with a 283kW nat­u­rally as­pi­rated flat six and cost $189,900 (there was no Boxster ver­sion). It was so well re­ceived that sec­ond-hand ex­am­ples, two to three years old, are fetch­ing more than $200k now.

And that’s pos­si­bly fu­elling fever­ish in­ter­net re­ports that the next Cay­man GT4 will re­turn to six-cylin­der power, per­haps with a ver­sion of the 4.0-litre unit in the track-fo­cused 911 GT3.

Now that would be worth wait­ing for, no ques­tion. But even bet­ter, wouldn’t it be a fit­ting way for Porsche to cel­e­brate its birth­day?

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