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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Sports Car of the Year

More than anything, sports cars need to thrill you. Acceleration is important, but it’s finesse and feel through corners that matter most...

WINNER: Sports Car of the Year

Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

Car of the Year 2022 - MotorEasy

The Porsche Cayman isn’t the only car from the brand that gets five stars in this category. So, have we given it the overall award merely because it’s significantly cheaper than the equivalent Porsche 911? Absolutely not.

True, picking the Cayman GTS over the 911 GTS will save you a significant chunk of change, but that just highlights what amazing value it offers, especially when you consider how well it performs in comparison with its bigger sibling. Indeed, too few tenths of a second separate their 0-62mph times to bother all but the most performance-hungry driver.

Porsche Cayman GTS interior

That’s in part due to the Cayman being smaller and lighter, and those qualities also allow it to run rings around the heftier Jaguar F-Type – a sports car that’s available with a bombastic supercharged V8 engine. The Cayman gets a 4.0-litre flat six,
though – and what an engine it is. It sounds far better than the slightly disappointing four-cylinder units found in lesser Caymans. It even provides a more satisfying soundtrack than the 911’s, because that car’s turbochargers mute it slightly.

You don’t even need to start the engine to enjoy this car, because the interior looks and feels as special as any comparable rival’s, with a great driving position and decent visibility. When you do, though, the driving experience is truly awe-inspiring. With its wonderfully precise steering, balanced handling and immense grip, nothing fazes the Cayman.

Porsche Cayman GTS 2022 rear

Some might carp about those high grip levels making it less playful than the little Alpine A110, but the truth is that you’ll have far greater confidence behind the wheel of the Cayman because of its tighter body control, especially when you’re pressing on.

The Cayman’s mid-engined layout even gives it the handling edge over the pricier, rear-engined 911, cementing its position as the best sports car you can buy.

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