I had my 2016 Cayman Base in for 20,000 mile service and decided to test drive the 718 Base and S. Love my dealer, he tossed me the keys and said have fun, let me know what you think when you get back. I did this as I am in the early stages of looking to move to my next (5th) Cayman. Let me say at the outset lest folks thing this is a bash the 718 (it is not), there were pros and cons but more pros than cons, on balance. Both were PDKs, both had Chrono.....I found that the 718s drove more like my previous Cayman R than my 981. In particular because I feel the 981 drives more refined than the 718. This is primarily due to the amount of engine sound that comes into the cabin and that sound is more 'coarse' than the 981's. The amount of sound is a pro, the coarseness is a con. The handling, steering, and throttle responsiveness were much sharper in the 781 than the 981 (Sport mode for all). Fit, finish, et al comparable. Now, to performance......very quick and a blast to drive. Assuming that I order an S, I will definitely be having to watch my speed. The impact of early to arrive and flat torque curve is very apparent, and enjoyable. Net, net.......did a configuration when I got home and sent it to my SA and asked him to let me know when he can get me an allocation.