Porsche Cayman S PDK, Audi TTRS Coupe 2.5 TFSI qu Manual Review
Infernal Affairs

Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang
28 Feb 2011
 

With Porsche now under the arm of the Volkswagen Group, there's bound to be civil unrest between the Stuttgart brand and VW's Audi arm when it comes to some niches. Raymond Lai plays umpire to decide which brand makes the better compact sports coupe.

Introduction, styling

When it comes to premium sporty and small roadster/coupe models, one of the first models to come to mind has to be the Porsche Boxster and its fixed head Cayman cousin. Then there's the Cayman's VW Group compatriot, the Audi TT.

The TT has always been considered to be a small coupe that is in a class lower than the Porsche Cayman but with the introduction of the range topping TT RS last year, can the Audi finally be on par with the Cayman or more specifically, the Cayman S?

To see off its newer German rivals, Porsche updated the Boxster/Cayman pair a couple of years back with a raft of changes. The base model gets a new 2.9-litre engine with more poke while the Tiptronic S auto box is superseded by a new PDK dual-clutch transmission to give the entry-level Porsche models improved performance and efficiency. The Cayman S here gets 25bhp more over the model it supersedes thanks to direct injection, as well as the abovementioned seven-speed PDK gearbox.

It seems that when Porsche does a facelift, they'd rather spend time improving the oily bits rather than the aesthetics or looks of the car. The Cayman S here is a case in point. You'd need to squint hard to differentiate the latest model from its predecessor from the outside.

These include a front bumper with larger air intakes and LED daytime running lights as well as LED tail lamp clusters. The changes might be rather minor but details like the LED lights do give the small coupe a more modern feel. The overall look is still familiar Cayman though which means it is not exactly the prettiest small coupe out there.

Next to the Porsche, the TT RS looks almost a scale smaller thanks to its petite proportions and well-toned, athletic look. The standard TT is already a good looking coupe no doubt, but the TT RS' lowered stance, 19-inch wheels and the aggressive RS styling enhancements give it a more purposeful and powerful stance. The visual enhancements look fantastic and can certainly make the Cayman next to it look tame in comparison. This is one car that will a put a smile on your face whenever you look at it before the daily commute in the mornings - it's just so very pretty.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 3436cc
Engine Type Flat 6
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Power 320bhp @ 7200rpm
Torque 370Nm @ 4750rpm
Power to Weight 232.7 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 5.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 275 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
Drive Type MR
Steering Hydraulic

Measurements

Body Type Supercar
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4347 x 1801 x 1306) mm
Wheelbase 2415 mm
Turning Circle 5.55 metres
Kerb Weight 1375 kg
Boot Capacity 150 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 2480cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 5
Power 340bhp @ 5400rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 1600rpm
Power to Weight 234.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 4.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 280 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type Coupe
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4198 x 1842 x 1342) mm
Wheelbase 2468 mm
Kerb Weight 1450 kg

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs