New Toyota GR Supra vs Porsche 718 Cayman: verdict

If power corrupts, having less of it isn’t a bad thing, right? To find out, we're pitting the new four-cylinder Toyota Supra against its main sports car rival from Porsche...

Porsche 718 Cayman vs Toyota GR Supra rears

Our verdict

It may not be the best Cayman you can buy, but boy is this entry-level model an excellent sports car if your budget is around £50,000. It’s seriously fast in a straight line and delivers quick lap times on a track day just as well as it does excitement on the road. Given that sports cars are primarily about fun, it has to be the winner.

And the Supra? Well, it can be entertaining at lower speeds, but its twitchiness when driven hard makes it a much less capable machine than the Cayman. It’s far more at home when treated as a fast GT car, in which vein its great infotainment system, bundles of kit, good economy and more relaxing cruising manners suit its character well.

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1st – Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche 718 Cayman 2021 front cornering

For Awesome grip and balance; natural steering feel; blistering pace; progressive brakes; beautifully made interior
Against Noisier on the motorway; poor reliability record; sparsely equipped
Recommended options Bose stereo (£834), power-folding door mirrors (£210)

Toyota GR Supra 2021 front cornering

For Comfier low-speed ride; excellent infotainment; sporty driving position; more generous standard kit
Against Not as much grip; overly sharp brakes; steering too quick
Recommended options None

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Specifications: Toyota GR Supra 2.0 Pro

Toyota GR Supra 2021 rear

Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 245bhp @ 6500rpm
Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 1550-4400rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
Kerb weight 1395kg
Wheels/tyres (std) 255/40 ZR18 (f), 275/40 ZR 18 (r)
0-60mph 5.2sec
30-70mph 4.8sec
Top speed 155mph
30-0mph 10.0m
70-0mph 55.4m
Noise @ 30mph 66.1dB
Noise @ 70mph 71.5dB
Fuel tank 52 litres
Official economy 38.6mpg
Test economy 37.1mpg
CO2 emissions 167g/km

Specifications: Porsche 718 Cayman 2.0 PDK

Porsche 718 Cayman 2021 rear panning

Engine 4cyl, 1988cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 296bhp @ 6500rpm
Peak torque 280Ib ft @ 2150-4500rpm
Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
Kerb weight 1440kg
Wheels/tyres (std) 235/45 ZR18 (f), 265/45 ZR18 (r)
0-60mph 4.6sec
30-70mph 4.0sec
Top speed 170mph
30-0mph 9.8m
70-0mph 54.0m
Noise @ 30mph 66.6dB
Noise @ 70mph 72.2dB
Fuel tank 54 litres
Official economy 31.7mpg
Test economy 31.3mpg
CO2 emissions 201g/km

Weather conditions Damp/drying

Cars pictured

Porsche 718 Cayman 2.0 PDK with GT Silver metallic paint (£632), black partial leather (£1052), 20in Carrera S wheels (£1734), 14-way electric sports seats (£1599), park assist with reversing camera (£1086), Bose surround sound system (£834), Jet black wheel paint (£842), climate control (£539), tinted rear lights (£434), sports tailpipes in black (£380)

Toyota GR Supra 2.0 Pro with Prominence Red paint (£620)

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