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Porsche 718 Cayman/ 718 Boxster - best performance cars

Switch to four-cylinder power hasn't failed to dilute the Porsche 718 Cayman’s excellent driving experience

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To call the 718 Cayman the poor man's Porsche is to do the car a great disservice. The Cayman manages to deliver the kind of sure-footed handling fun that makes any driver feel like a natural behind the wheel.

The core of the range has switched to a turbocharged flat-four engine, but while it doesn't sound as thrilling as the old flat-six, it hasn't done anything to spoil the driving experience. The car's mid-engined layout is perfectly balanced, with fluid steering and lots of confidence-inspiring grip.

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For those wanting more raw power, there's the 4.0-litre, six-cylinder GTS model with 394bhp. A 0-62mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds and a 182mph top speed, ensure it'll keep most rivals on their toes.

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Even better is the fact the Cayman is such a useable car, and there's no doubt that you could use it on a daily basis. And while the initial purchase price will be high, everyday running costs are surprisingly agreeable for one of the best open-topped sports cars on sale. And if you fancy having the wind in your hair, the convertible 718 Boxster is just as much fun.

Top 10 best performance cars 2021

  1. Porsche 911
  2. McLaren 570S
  3. Aston Martin Vantage
  4. Ferrari F8 Tributo
  5. Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
  6. Alpine A110
  7. Caterham Seven
  8. BMW M5 Competition
  9. Honda Civic Type R
  10. Ford Fiesta ST
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