There are two things that don’t belong in the same sentence in my mind – Porsche and entry-level.
Porsche is releasing an entry-level Cayman to capitalize on the success of the Cayman S. The Cayman S has a 3.4-liter V6 which was good enough to win the 2006 World Performance Car mantle, but the Cayman will instead have the 2.7-liter six that appears in the Boxster. That will still let it go from 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds, so you should survive the loss of power in the smaller engine.
The car will come with a standard five-speed manual transmission and the Porsche Stability Management system. Two other transmissions will be optional – a six-speed manual which will be combined with the Porsche Active Stability Management System, or a Tiptronic S five speed automatic.
It comes as a bit of a surprise that this new Cayman has come along so quickly, leading to speculation that Boxster sales are not brisk and Porsche needed to boost their lower end sales. The Cayman will start at $49,400, compared to $58,900 for the Cayman S.