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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
The Autocar video review is interesting in that the pictures do seem to contradict a lot of what he was saying. On track the other two cars are clearly holding up the 4C, e.g. Around 9m mark while he eulogises over the Cayman the video shows the Porsche leaning and drifting to the outside of the second kink whereas the 4C remains flat, looking well within itself. Other times it has it's tail out while the 4C looks fed up waiting patiently behind!
The Toyota looks a lot of fun but for all his laughing it was so sideways at such low speeds it looked borderline uncontrollable. I appreciate that sounds wrong as its controllability is it's USP, I just think you'd quickly tire of its obvious inability to do a solid lap - if you're going to judge the contenders in a track environment as here. If you want a drift machine it's fine but again, you could buy a cheap drift tool for just a few grand and have a better car for cruising about daily. There's no mention of the FTs obvious shortcomings, and I have driven one.
I'd accept that the Cayman looks the part and is probably a far more sensible choice as a sole car for everyday use. It also has a better engine. But the reality is that a typical spec Cayman is more like £60-65k, one year old ones seem to sell around £55k (*very quick scan of a couple of dealer sites) so the Cayman is a 15-20% more expensive proposition. It will undoubtedly be easier to live with on a long slog up the M6 or stuck in traffic commuting.....but I think the film and others show if you want to take them both on track the 4C will eat the Cayman on lap times. And if you are going to value the Cayman on its daily usability you should acknowledge that as a road car/cruiser/commuter it lacks the quality of ride and space of say a Jag XF. has a lot less load lugging usefulness of an S6 Avant, and isn't as economical as ....well hundreds of city cars. But they ignore its arguably even more pronounced compromises because it actually isn't that fantastic a track/sports car against more focussed opposition.
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Last edited by 73GTVJim; 19-01-14 at 17:40.