The best alternatives to the Porsche Cayman, surprisingly, are other Porsche models.
There's the soft-top Boxster, which provides about the same luxury and comfort as the Cayman (it's not much louder inside) while adding the fun of top-down driving.
The Porsche 911 packs more power, space, and utility, as well as its own brilliant take on handling and dynamics.
If you're willing to forgo most of the luxuries, the new Alfa Romeo 4C provides similar mid-engine handling in a focused, light-weight package.
Off in the other direction there's the Chevrolet Corvette, which goes all out on the fun-per-dollar ratio—with a huge V-8, rear-wheel drive, and a lot of attitude.
The Nissan 370Z is thousands less than a Cayman (about half the price if you consider what most Caymans sell for), but it's definitely not as polished of a performer.
The Infiniti Q60 Coupe offers the punch of the 370Z with a plus-two back seat and upgraded interior materials and equipment.
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