New Alpine A110 S vs new Porsche 718 Cayman T: verdict

The Alpine A110 S and Porsche 718 Cayman T promise to be even sharper to drive than their 'regular' siblings. But which has the finer edge?...

Alpine A110 S vs Porsche 718 Cayman T - static

Our verdict

By the standards of two-seat sports cars, the Cayman has always been very easy to live with, and this new T variant doesn’t sacrifice that. In fact, it could do with feeling a little more focused to help justify its £7k premium over the entry-level Cayman.

The A110 demands more from you, but it also delivers more thrills, and that’s obviously significant with cars likes these. Add in the fact that it will cost you quite a bit less in the long run and it has to win the test.

If it were our money, though, we’d go for the standard A110 rather than the S. It’s cheaper, looks almost identical and has sweeter steering and a more settled ride.

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1st  Alpine A110

Alpine A110 S front studio - private plate

For Fun handling; sounds great; faster; costs less to nance and run; better equipped
Against Unsettled ride; dated infotainment; pitiful luggage space and in-car storage

What Car? rating 4/5 stars

Porsche 718 Cayman T 2021 front studio

For Slick manual gearshift; very composed; surprisingly comfortable and practical
Against Less engaging; dull engine note; lots of road noise; depreciates faster

What Car? rating 4/5 stars

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Specifications: Alpine A110 S

  • Engine - 4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol
  • List price - £56,180
  • Target Price - £56,180
  • Power - 288bhp @ 6400rpm
  • Torque - 236Ib ft @ 2000-6400rpm
  • Gearbox - 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
  • 0-60mph - 4.7sec
  • 30-70mph - 3.8sec
  • Top speed - 162mph
  • 30-0mph - 9.9m
  • 70-0mph - 47.6m
  • Official fuel economy - 39.2mpg (WLTP)
  • Test MPG - 34.3mpg
  • CO2 emissions - 163g/km (WLTP)

Specifications: Porsche 718 Cayman T

  • Engine - 4cyl, 1988cc, turbo, petrol
  • List price - £52,965
  • Target Price - £52,965
  • Power - 296bhp @ 6500rpm
  • Torque - 280Ib ft @ 2150-4500rpm
  • Gearbox - 6-spd manual
  • 0-60mph - 5.4sec
  • 30-70mph - 4.4sec
  • Top speed - 170mph
  • 30-0mph - 8.4m
  • 70-0mph - 46.6m
  • Official fuel economy - 32.5mpg (WLTP)
  • Test MPG - 30.7mpg
  • CO2 emissions - 202g/km (WLTP est)

Cars pictured

Alpine A110 S with carbon roof (£2208), Iridescent White paint (£1656), 18in Titanium Grey ‘Fuchs’ forged wheels (£936), reversing camera (£480), Mirror Pack (£468), Storage Pack (£468) and floor mats with Alpine logo (£110)

Porsche 718 Cayman T with 718 T Interior Package (£1809), Miami Blue paint (£1658), black leather and GT Silver Interior Package (£1242), front and rear parking sensors (£623), automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor (£345), cruise control (£228), Iso x child seat mountings (£126), sport-look pedals and footrest (£126) and 64-litre fuel tank (£84)