New Alpine A110 vs Audi TT RS vs Porsche Cayman

Historic French brand Alpine has returned with a lightweight Β£50k sports car that has the potential to out-drive the Audi TT RS and Porsche 718 Cayman - but which is the best sports car?

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Our verdict

We’re not looking for the best all-rounder here; we’re looking for the best thoroughbred sports car.

The one that puts driving thrills highest on its agenda. And that’s why the A110 has to win. It’s unequivocal proof that you don’t need silly amounts of power and grip to have fun. And, boot space aside, it doesn’t even demand many compromises. There is a problem, though: this PremiΓ¨re Γ‰dition model has already sold out. So, if you want an A110, you’ll need to look at the cheaper LΓ©gende and Pure trims.

The Cayman runs the A110 closest. It’s still a fantastic driver’s car and is actually faster and more capable than the French newcomer. It’s just spoilt slightly by its unpleasant engine and a meagre standard equipment list.

If you do want the best all-rounder, the TT RS actually racks up the most stars and is the only one of our contenders that’s vaguely practical. It’s also insanely fast, but it just isn’t rewarding enough to drive.

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1st – Alpine A110

For Glorious fun to drive; great driving position; remarkably economical; very well equipped

Against You’ll need to pack (very) light; shortage of safety aids; Premiere trim is sold out

Recommended options None

Rated 5 out of 5

Read our full Alpine A110 review

2nd – Porsche Cayman S

For Highest handling limits; stellar performance

Against Unpleasant engine; not much kit

Recommended options Climate control (Β£569), cruise control (Β£228), front and rear parking sensors (Β£623), auto wipers (Β£345)

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Porsche Cayman S review

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3rd – Audi TT RS

For Jaw-dropping pace; stunning interior; brilliant infotainment system; easily the most practical

Against Slightly clumsy handling; expensive on PCP finance; thirsty

Recommended options Metallic paint (Β£550)

Rated 3 out of 5

Read our full Audi TT RS review

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Specifications: Alpine A110 1.8 Turbo Premiere Edition

Engine size 4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£51,805

Target Price Β£51,805

Power 248bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 236Ib ft @ 2000-5000rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 4.8sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 46.3mpg

CO2 emissions 138g/km

Specifications: Audi TT RS 2.5 TFSI quattro

Engine size 5cyl, 2480cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£52,480

Target Price Β£51,843

Power 395bhp @ 5850-7000rpm

Torque 354Ib ft @ 1700-5850rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 3.5sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 34.1mpg

CO2 emissions 187g/km

Specifications: Porsche Cayman 2.5 PDK S

Engine size 4cyl, 2497cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£54,423

Target Price Β£54,423

Power 345bhp @ 6500rpm

Torque 310Ib ft @ 1900-4500rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 4.0sec

Top speed 177mph

Gov't fuel economy 38.7mpg

CO2 emissions 167g/km

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