THE CAY­MAN GT4 IS SIM­PLY MORE FUN THAN AL­MOST ANY OTHER PORSCHE EVER BUILT

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4.

959

Year one for the su­per­car

Built: 1986 1993 I En­gine: 2849cc lat-six, 444bhp I Top speed: 195mph

De­signed for a Tar­mac Group B cham­pi­onship that never hap­pened, the 959’s ad­justable sus­pen­sion and four-wheel-drive sys­tem, near-200mph pace and Civic-like driv­abil­ity made it seem like a mil­i­tary jet com­pared to the creaky su­per­car op­po­si­tion. Un­for­tu­nately the de­vel­op­ment costs were mil­i­tary-grade too: each 959 is ru­moured to have cost Porsche twice the £155k it cost cus­tomers. Its only real com­pe­ti­tion suc­cess was a Paris-Dakar win in ’86 (it recorded a one-two, with Jacky Ickx – the man who’d bad­gered Porsche to build the car – in sec­ond place) but its im­pact is still be­ing felt in mod­ern su­per­cars.

3.

918 Spy­der

Ush­er­ing in the un-Prius hy­brid era

Built: 2013 2015 I En­gine: 4600cc V8 hy­brid, 875bhp I Top speed: 211mph

Along with the £1m+ McLaren P1 and LaFer­rari, the com­par­a­tively bud­get £650k 918 Spy­der res­cued hy­brid cars from the vegan aisle of whole-food stores. Be­fore these three the con­cept of lug­ging around an en­gine, elec­tric mo­tors and a bat­tery pack seemed fundamentally at odds with driv­ing fun. In the Porsche power comes from a 608bhp V8 aug­mented by a pair of elec­tric mo­tors gen­er­at­ing 279bhp. Waft through town for 18 miles in EV mode, or sum­mon all 875bhp and rip to 60mph in 2.5sec. A one-time Nür­bur­gring record holder (6 min­utes and 57 sec­onds) and the only of the three brave enough to de­clare a ‡ig­ure.

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