we don't entertain ourselves for fun, we do it for the technical necessity, because p5p is not able to, not willing, left the path to perl6 already, and broke up all cooperation. we need to fixup all the damage done by p5p, because nobody else is doing it.
perl6/rakudo is nice concept but not going anywhere. the architecture is just too broken to be realistically fast enough in production. but who knowns. moar is nice. and we've seen python 3 in production, and compared to that perl6 is a godsend.
cperl will not switch to a gc soon, neither will it provide proper lockless threading. simple goals first, like an object system, types, ffi, async/await, regexp, match, hashtable, inlining, jit, symbol table, ...
cperl easily beats perl5 in performance, but is investing it into better security checks. it's the only language with proper Unicode support already. with the jit and the inliner it will match php7. i.e. not 20x slower, just 10x slower, which is fine.
it's not a dream, it works and used in production. it is also recommended in production over perl5.
rperl already matches C++ performance.
$ perlbrew available | grep cperl
$ perlbrew version
perlbrew - App::perlbrew/0.84
The startup overhead is caused by the idea to have the stdlib in perl6 source code (similar to mature languages like common lisp), and that the compiler will be good enough to produce good enough code. But the sigs of all methods need to be dumped somehow into the binary, and this done beyond naive. Emacs or Common Lisps solved this problem pretty well, via dumping native image of the compiled code, java has a good native class layout, but rakudo is just slow.
The nqp overhead is when you look at the compiled moar code and compare the bytecode to a fast vm. Its still too bad code. moar itself is fine, but the rakudo and nqp layers not. Same for the new jit template idea, which does not scale. At all. There are so many people with so many bad ideas who are not willing to listen to more experienced dev's, so I stopped caring also. It's not worth it, esp. after the parrot debacle. But perl6 people are generally very nice, competent and open, in total opposite to p5p.