CAR (UK) - - Quick Group Test -

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 ƒin­ally has a very cred­i­ble al­ter­na­tive.

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