Row or boxer? Sports coupes with 300 hp in the test
It’s quite possible that the Audi TT and Porsche 718 Cayman will be the last of their kind. While they’re still considering a successor to the iconic coupe at Audi at the moment, the next mid-engine sports car generation is being electrified at Porsche. So let’s enjoy these two sports cars while we can! And – because we’re auto motor und sport – we’ll test which one is better.
When cornering, the TTS always sticks close to the Cayman’s rear. But only the 718 T celebrates every single apex excessively.
The Cayman has already proven that it is a good one. With the new T (as in Touring), Porsche has reduced the 718 to the essentials-that is, driving pleasure. That’s why it wears retro lettering on the doors and has a lowered body and lush 20-inch wheels. On the inside, however, there are no loops instead of door handles, and a storage compartment instead of infotainment. Porsche offers the latter as a free extra. The driver drops low when getting in and is caught by perfectly cut carbon shells (5,355 euros). Full of anticipation for what is about to come, you fondle the Alcantara steering wheel, stroke the shortened shift knob, and play with the drive mode dial, which is part of the Sport Chrono package (standard here).
You search in vain for a place for the water bottle. Your Android smartphone can be stored in the armrest, but it doesn’t talk to the optional 2,261 euro infotainment system. Porsche only understands Apple Carplay. On the other hand, the touchscreen responds quite quickly, sorts its menus clearly, and navigates unerringly with online data.