Would You Rather: Porsche 718 Cayman or Audi TT RS?

Last week we watched the Porsche 911 GT3 RS put a three-to-one drubbing on the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT8, with the Aston getting a single point thanks to its optional manual transmission. It was a fairly predictable result, but a surprising number of you, our readers, told us on our Facebook page that you would rather park the Aston in your driveways.

This week brings a pair of new cars that were introduced to the public only within the last week or so. The TT RS represents the sporting pinnacle of Audi’s TT range, and the new 2017 iteration looks fast enough to worry supercars costing several time more. Porsche’s new 917 Cayman, meanwhile, is the first of a new generation of four-cylinder, turbocharged Caymans.

Each offers its own unique solution to getting from point-A to point-B in a very quick manner, so let’s find out which one you should drive home.


LOOKS: The biggest changes to the 718 Cayman are under the skin, but a few visual tweaks, including new fascias and lighting, have the Cayman looking sharp as ever.

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LOOKS: There’s no mistaking the TT RS for lesser Audi TTs. The aggressive bodywork and massive rear wing make sure of that, and the additions work really well with the third-generation TT’s shape.

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LOOKS: Both cars look great in their own ways, so this largely comes down to personal preference. One point each.

Porsche 718 Cayman: 1

Audi TT RS: 1


ENGINE: Porsche’s newly named 718 range offers two new turbocharged, flat-six engines; a 2.5-liter producing 350 horsepower for the Cayman S (pictured in Miami Blue) and a 2.0-liter producing 300 horsepower for the base Cayman (pictured in Graphite Blue Metallic).

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ENGINE: Here’s a cool fact about the TT RS: It’s currently only one of two cars on sale today powered by a five-cylinder engine (the other is the Audi RS 3). This wonderful 2.5-liter, turbocharged unit puts down a healthy 400 horsepower.

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ENGINE: More powerful 718s are coming, but the TT RS’ awesome five-cylinder earns it another point.

Porsche 718 Cayman: 1

Audi TT RS: 2


INTERIOR: It was already a nice place to be, but the 718 Cayman gets a new steering wheel inspired by that of the 918 Spyder supercar, as well as an updated dashboard and new connectivity options.

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INTERIOR: With carbon trim and a driver-focused instrumentation, the TT RS’ cabin matches its sporting intent, and a unique RS screen displays g-load, tire pressure and torque in real time.

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INTERIOR: We appreciate the 718 Cayman’s more analogue interior, but we’re suckers for tech. Point, Audi.

Porsche 718 Cayman: 1

Audi TT RS: 3


PERFORMANCE: The 718 Cayman S is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in a relatively serious-sounding 4.0 seconds flat. Both manual and PDK transmissions are offered, and a raft of chassis tweaks (not to mention the reduced engine mass) sharpen handling even further.

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PERFORMANCE: Aided by its quattro all-wheel-drive system, the TT RS sprints to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. That said, fast Audis have traditionally suffered from poor weight distribution, and with the engine mounted directly over the front axle, we have little reason to believe the TT RS will be any different.

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PERFORMANCE: The Cayman was always a sweet handling car, and it just got sweeter.

Porsche 718 Cayman: 2

Audi TT RS: 3


In a bit of a coup, the Audi takes this week’s Would You Rather, but faster 718s are surely in the pipeline.

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