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992 Carrera S Versus Cayman GT4: Which Would You Take?

Dan Prosser might be one of the best spoken and most technically savvy journalists in the biz, and he can drive as well as any of them. He doesn’t begin this particular video with a very intriguing premise, however, since we can easily surmise the 992 Carrera is the better everyday car, and the Cayman GT4 is a wildchild for the weekend. When the two are priced so similarly, we need to do some real thinking about which is the better buy.

Of course, the Cayman the machine which involves—and as a result, demands—more. We could all guess that. Fortunately, Prosser’s feel and technical expertise helps shed some light on a surprising aspect of the Cayman which might sway someone deciding between the two. For something sporting a GT badge and that purposeful bodywork, it’s sweet; the Cayman won’t snot out of its driver on bumpy backroads.

In a depressing English downpour, the GT4’s Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires fare well, though they might not be in their ideal element. The suppleness of the chassis, the directness of the steering, and the linear power delivery make it a wieldable machine in inclement weather. Many might think pushing a GT4 in the rain would mean a trip into a ditch, but the car is surprisingly well-mannered.

The Cayman’s focused character is tempered with enough civility to be a good all-rounder.

So is the 992. With its opulent, spacious, supremely civilized interior, is able to blend everyday driving and spirited driving a bit better than its slimmer, adrenaline-addled sibling, but it’s no pudgy cruiser. It’s very quick, great over bad roads, and because of its slightly less focused character, it’s a « more natural, more intuitive sports car [than the Carrera S]. » A benign character is a good thing for a everyday driver, but is that what drives people to buy a sporty Porsche?

There’s no denying the Carrera’s distinguished presence.

Ultimately, these two are still sports cars, and should be judged as such. You have to ask why one would buy a sports car if it weren’t stimulating, especially if it can manage the mundane driving reasonably well. The Cayman’s sharper edges make driving it that much more of an event, and yet, it’s not so harsh that it can’t handle everyday driving. If it were my money, I’d put it on the screaming yellow thing—but maybe I’d paint it a quieter shade of green.

Though Prosser’s impressed with the Carrera’s competence, it’s in the Cayman he grins more.

 
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Porsche 911 (992) Carrera S : Grand 8

La 911 repart pour un tour de manège. Mais accrochez-vous, cette simple 992 Carrera S retourne déjà l’estomac. C’est sûr, la concurrence va en avoir des nausées. La huitième génération s’annonce comme un grand cru.

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Finally: 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Gets A Manual Transmission Option

Many Porsche fans are heaving sighs of relief right now.

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The 2020 Porsche 992 Carrera S Is Quick But Isn’t Much Of A Track Star

Give a car to Steve Sutcliffe and he’s bound to flog it within an inch of its life. He extracts every iota of performance from the car, and in addition to giving a good thrashing, gives it a fair judgement. For that reason, he’s one of the best. How many journalists can run times similar to an F1 test driver in that test driver’s regular F1 car?

Of course, he prefaces his critique of the 992 Carrera S with the acknowledgement that it’s first and foremost a road car, and not a racing car. That said, it does wear an S on its rear hatch, which holds it to certain expectations.

The front end is reminiscent of the 959’s, isn’t it?

It has to be said that, as a car optimized for road usage, it’s a success. More power, 391 lb/ft of torque from 1,900 revs, and an exquisite exterior make it a hit. However, its added heft make it a less involving car. Add a small amount of girth, and it’s immediately noticeable on road or track; the car is just not as placeable.

Still, it managed a 1:16.00 around Anglesey, which is nothing to sniff at. Considerably quicker than the 991 Carrera S, and even faster than a Nissan GT-R, there’s no denying its pace. Only being 0.8 of a second off a 991.1 Turbo, especially at a circuit that rewards the punchier motors, speaks to the power this mid-tier 911 offers. It’s a staggering amount of performance for a car that isn’t truly made with the track in mind, and as civil as any two-door Porsche on the market.

Still, Sutcliffe is underwhelmed. Noticeable heft, a less incisive front, and a less characterful motor make it « quick with a lower-case q. » While his standards for track performance probably exceed most owners’, it’s still refreshing to hear a blunt, reasoned, and fair take on a car that will undoubtedly stretch a smile across the face of 95% of its users.

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Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé et Cabriolet : 385 chevaux au programme

Porsche dévoile les nouvelles versions de base de sa sportive. Les Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé et Cabriolet revendiquent ainsi une puissance de 385 chevaux avec un style très proche des autres modèles portant un « S ». Présentée en novembre 2018 sous les traits des Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupé et Carrera 4S Coupé, la nouvelle Type […]

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