Actually Porsche did mention this in a press release and it's a change I've been long awaiting never being a fan of the RR concept. They also stretched the wheelbase allowing for the block to be pushed forward while the overhangs were trimmed. The Cayman is still the truer sports car platform but the 911 gets the power and goodies. Porsche has been committed to having a Grand Touring car w/ rear seats as it's flagship. They'll never allow a Boxster coupe to surpass its icon.
I've heard very positive things about the E-steering in the new Porsches as well as the FRS/BRZ too.
I didn't like the Cayman as much, I test drove an S on the same day as the 911. There's too much understeer and no way to adjust it while driving, also the ride is too firm for the road, at any setting. Strictly IMO, the Carerra S is the best sport coupe under $240 grand right now. I'm not sure what the 991 Turbos will be like, but I can't stand the lag in the 997 version. It ruins throttle response unless you just flog the heck out of the car.