Was in a Porsche dealership the other day and fell in love with the new Cayman S. Took it on a test drive, and man, that is one hell of a car. Truly unbelievable. Put it this way, on my test drive, the sales guy was showing me how to handle the car, and threw it into a sharp hairpin at about 80mph. There was no drift, no over or under-steer, no turbo lag, not even the slightest hint that the car was going to do anything other than eat this corner alive and jump at the next one. We exited the turn at about 90mph, at which point the sales guy grinned and gunned it into a straight, bringing us up to about 120mph, before braking hard and just devouring another sharp turn. My description is pathetic in comparison to the actual experience. When the test-drive was over, my hands were shaking for about 30 minutes, the obvious effect of a huge amount of "Porsche" neurotransmitters in my brain, and to be honest, I still haven't recovered. When the sales guy told me he had a used model on the lot for $58,000 which included upgrades that would push a brand-new model into the $80-$85k range, and that this car had only 300 miles on it, let's just say I had a very hard time leaving the dealership without making a major financial commitment. Porsches can do that. So, this last week all I've thought about is this question: Should my next car be a Porsche Cayman S, or the BMW M3 CLS, which performs nearly as well, but for about $20k cheaper? My girlfriend was instantly annoyed by the proposition, and requested that I not ask her for her feedback anymore, as she finds both vehicles completely "impractical" (whatever that is supposed to mean), and thinks we should get the Lexus RX-400h instead (Jesus, that thought is depressing). I figured a bunch of guys who spend their time arguing the subtle differences between a $5,000 suit and a $3,000 one (as if one is a bargain over the other), could probably give me great feedback on the issue.