POW­ER­FUL PER­FORMER

SHORT CUT

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - FOTON TUNLAND -

VALUE

The 2.5-litre turbo Cay­man S is $140,300, a $30,000 pre­mium on the 2.0 ver­sion. RRP just

start. most pop­u­lar trans­mis­sion — the seven-speed twin-clutch auto adds $4990 and sports ex­haust $4330. With bright or­ange paint ($5390), black wheels ($5600), high-end Bose au­dio ($2650) among other ac­ces­sories, our car was more than $180,000.

COM­FORT

Its one of life’s cruelties that by the time you can af­ford a Porsche al­most can’t clam­ber in and out one, given they are so close to the ground. Once on board, seats are su­perbly com­fort­able be ad­justed get op­ti­mum driv­ing po­si­tion. Tyre noise can

rau­cous, though, and we ac­ci­den­tally broke the plas­tic flap in driver’s door pocket which, dis­cov­ered hard way, can’t fit a small wa­ter bot­tle.

SAFETY

Six airbags are stan­dard but PRICE From $140,300 SAFETY 6 airbags EN­GINE 2.5-litre 4-cyl turbo, 257kW/420Nm TRANS­MIS­SION 6speed man, 7-speed twin-clutch auto; RWD THIRST 7.3L-8.1L/100km 0-100KM/H 4.1s (on test)

many safety aids are op­tions or un­avail­able. Auto emer­gency brak­ing (to a stand­still) and lane-keep­ing tech can’t be had, while radar cruise con­trol is $2990. De­spite poor rear­ward vi­sion and the front dip­ping out of view, rear sen­sors

a cam­era add $1690.

DRIV­ING

The boffins reckon the Cay­man carves cor­ners bet­ter than its 911 sta­ble­mate, be­cause en­gine is fur­ther for­ward and bal­ance is more neu­tral. It has seem­ingly end­less grip, sharp ac­cu­rate steer­ing, in­cred­i­ble brak­ing power. We did 0-100km/h in the Cay­man (4.6 sec) and Cay­man S (4.1s) in “launch” mode, beat­ing Porsche’s claims by 0.1s each. It’s not per­fect, though. Even with the sports ex­haust, the four-cylin­der sounds or­di­nary. A shame given many buy Porsches for their unique sound.

ALTERNATIVES

Porsche 718 Cay­man, $110,000 The reg­u­lar 2.0-litre turbo Cay­man (220kW/380Nm) is still a blast and $30,000 less ex­pen­sive than the S. It han­dles cor­ners with same fi­nesse

goes al­most as quick. Audi RS3, $78,600 The all-wheel drive RS3 is quicker than the Cay­man S (0-100km/h in 4.0s on our test), has prac­ti­cal­ity of a five­door hatch and less half

price test car. Mercedes-Benz C63 Coupe, $162,115 Fully loaded, with blis­ter­ing per­for­mance from the twin­turbo 4.0-litre V8. Benz claims 0-100km/h in 4 secs — best we did was 4.4 as it strug­gled to get power to ground.

VER­DICT

If your bud­get will stretch, the Cay­man S is spec­tac­u­lar but dull ex­haust note needs work.

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