Here's where it gets interesting. The 718 loses two cylinders and 900cc to the outgoing 3.4-litre Cayman S but power increases from 325hp/321bhp to 350hp/345bhp and torque from 273lb ft to 310lb ft. Significantly this now comes from just 1,950rpm, not the 4,500rpm of the naturally-aspirated car. It's faster and more flexible across the board, by significant margins. In-gear acceleration is night-and-day better, with no need to rev it out to the 4,000rpm cam shift for the real excitement. But purists will argue that was exactly the joy of the six-cylinder car and say the increase in performance is not worth the sacrifice in charisma. A fear rather confirmed by the rough, somewhat uncultured engine note.