Porsche 718 Cayman S to compete with the Audi TT RS?

Audi has just taken the wrapping off of its latest performance cars, the Audi TT RS, a 400 hp, turbocharged, all-wheel drive monster. But Audi isn’t the only German company that’s recently debuted a new sports car, as Porsche has just shown the world its new 718 Cayman S. So we though it would be a good idea to see how the two stack up against each other, as it’s likely they will be priced similarly and occupy the same sports car segment.

The Audi TT RS is the highest performance variant of the Audi TT and it makes 400 hp from its 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. That masterpiece of an engine is mated to a seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox and power all four wheels, via Quattro. Audi claims a 0-60 mph time in 3.7 seconds for the Coupe, which is silly fast.

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Audi TT RS Coupé

In comparison, the Porsche 718 Cayman S has a 2.5 liter turbocharged flat-four engine that develops 350 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, the same engine in the 718 Boxster S. While that may sound like significantly less power than the Audi TT RS’, that’s because it is. However, the Cayman S is a lighter than the TT RS, so it should get to 60 mph in around 4.0 seconds flat. That’s a bit slower than the TT RS, but it’s far more than enough to be fun.

And ultimately, fun is what these two cars are all about. Regardless of numbers on a stat sheet or performance figures, these two cars are meant to put a smile on their driver’s face. So which one would be more fun?

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Well, they’re two very different kinds of cars and entertain in two very different ways, despite competing in the same segment. The Audi TT RS is a powerful, all-wheel drive missile that can pummel pavement into submission. With its Quattro all-wheel drive, it’s equally as at home on the track as it is on a dirt road. Whereas the Cayman S is rear-wheel drive, mid-engine and available with a manual transmission, making it the more pure sports car of the two.

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

So the Audi TT RS will entertain with its blistering straight-line speed and tenacious Quattro grip, while the Porsche 718 Cayman S will be hilarious good fun sliding its tail around corners. The TT RS is a powerful, point and shoot sort of sports car, while the Cayman S is a fun momentum car that likes to be tossed around.

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We obviously can’t say for sure, as we haven’t driven either yet. But looking at their previous incarnations, it’s safe to assume that these two will behave this way. Both cars will be priced closely together, both are very fast and both will be plenty of fun for their owners. However, they make their fun in very different ways and it will be incredibly interesting to see how they stack up once they both finally hit the road.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.