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Improving the unimprovable? In some ways, you have to feel for the engineers who were tasked, in 2016, with creating the Porsche 718 Cayman – a heavily facelifted version of what was already a five-star sports car.
To make matters worse, they had to do so while giving up the sonority of the Cayman’s flat-six engines, and instead adopt new turbocharged four-cylinder units; those dreaded emissions and fuel consumption targets demanded it.
Oh well, at least that was what we were told. The thing is, while those 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre four-cylinder Caymans are currently still available, in 2020 Porsche did what seemed like the U-turn of the century by bringing back two 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated six-cylinder Caymans: the GTS and the GT4.
What has remained uniform throughout this period of flux is the Cayman's focus as a sports car, but the competition is now much stronger. There's the Audi TT RS, a revised Jaguar F-Type Coupé and, perhaps the best of the lot, the Alpine A110.
Read on over the next few pages to find out how the Cayman stacks up against those rivals, and which version and options you should choose.
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