PORSCHE 718 CAYMAN
Bare bones or lap of luxury? Interior has that enviable hewn-from-solid feel that runs through most Porsches, and iddly air-con controls aren’t enough to spoil it. The TT has a fancier multimedia system but the 718’s recently updated screen works well enough.
How does it feel to drive? Unlike the Alpine and TT RS, the 718 is available with a manual gearbox – and it’s a doozy. There’s lovely selfcentring spring weighting to the lever, and perfect pedals to help you feel like a heel-and-toe hero. It sounds like a van at low revs, but gains a bassy character at higher rpm.
There must be a catch somewhere… There’s a little lag below 2800rpm, but then it pulls like a tug o’ war team; going turbo means the Cayman inally has some torque to go with its long gearing.
VERDICT Wins by a thread from the Alpine. More practical, arguably a better ownership proposition, and its inspiring handling is a cut above. But in the Alpine, the Cayman inally has a very credible alternative.