In another thread, someone asked me why I haven't upgraded to a newer Cayman, given that the new ones are demonstrably "better" cars than the 987. Well, that is an arguable statement to start with, but the reality is that it is still a fantastic car. And under the heading of "I'd rather drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow", the Cayman can still hold it's own with much newer machinery for almost any application, certainly at the track. Now granted, my car is modified, but taking a 13-year old car to the track and passing by new cars with far more HP and magazine-cred is still a ton of fun. Case in point, these two videos from last week at Sonoma Raceway. In the first few laps, the underdog Cayman S passes by a GT3RS, a GT3, a Ferrari 430 Challenge car, a stripped-down 69 Camaro Racer, and eventually a Z06 and finally that pesky GT4 with the big wing and Hoosiers. It's always satisfying when other drivers come into the pits and walk over to check out the car ("hmmmm, street tires, eh? And I thought for sure you'd have PDK in this thing"). First video is full session, second video is one lap chasing the GT4 for my best time of that session. And one more bonus video of another session on my crappy iphone track app. Chasing down and passing by a GT2RS.
So, why is it still great? Terrific balance, excellent feedback, strong braking (with upgraded pads), and wonderful sounds! It let's you know when something isn't going right and allows you to correct (that happens late in the session on turn 2).