It’s been an extremely busy year for sports car manufacturers, and it looks like things are only heating up for the summer. A few weeks ago, at the Beijing Auto Show, Porsche and Audi both revealed sports cars that have extremely loyal followings. While there’s no way to crown a victor on paper, when it comes to useable sports cars, these two are the best on the road.
For 2017, Porsche brought back an iconic name with the 718 Cayman and finally lifted the covers off of its beloved, mid-engine sports car. Under its similar body lies a high-performance achievement that features some new touches for even more versatility.
In its most powerful guise, the 718 Cayman S features a 2.5-L turbocharged boxer engine that generates 350 hp and 309 lb.-ft. of torque. By using technology found in the more powerful Porsche 911 Turbo, the Cayman S’s engine provides an ample amount of power for any type of driving situation. When equipped with the 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, the Cayman S is capable of sprinting to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds and up to a top speed of 177 mph.
Just like the previous Cayman S before it, the new 718 Cayman S isn’t just great in a straight line, it’s also governs windy roads and difficult tracks. Thanks to features like Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), electromechanical power steering, power steering plus, and more, this sports car manages to satisfy any enthusiast.
The Matchup Made for the High-Performance Enthusiast
In comparison, the Audi TT RS is a brute with an eye on the future, just like the 718 Cayman S. From the outside, the TT RS looks incredibly aggressive with large air intakes and a fixed rear wing. The brutish exterior emphasizes the sports car’s performance, which is similar to that of the Porsche’s. Under the hood lies a 2.5-L turbocharged five-cylinder engine that makes 400 hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque.
Thanks to a quattro all-wheel-drive system and a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the TT RS is capable of getting to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. Without the restrictor in place, this sports car will sprint all the way to 174 mph.
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Your choice between the 718 Cayman and TT RS comes down to choosing between a purer, sportier ride and all-year versatility. At the end of the day, both have blistering performance, looks that garner attention, and usability still unrivaled.
Still not certain? The Auto Gallery is here to help. With a large selection of vehicles from both automakers, finding the sports car for you doesn’t have to be a chore. To get all of the latest updates on cars, events, and more emailed directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter today.