19 March 2020
Feature

The Alpine A110 is a different kind of sports car - lighter, more agile, and less powerful than its conventional sports car rivals. 

This new 2020 Alpine A110S version, though, is closer than the lesser, standard, A110. With 288bhp it can do 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 162mph. 

Which makes it closer to the benchmark car in the mid-engined, two-seat sports car class: the Porsche 718 Cayman.

This, then, is the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman T, the Alpine A110S's closest rival. It has a 2.0-litre flat four turbocharged engine making 296bhp, can go from 0-62mph in 5.1sec and has a top speed of 171mph.

But which is the better sports car? Join our testers as we try them back-to-back to pick a winner. If we can.

Read more

Alpine A110 S 2020 UK review

Porsche 718 Cayman T 2019 review

McLaren Senna vs. Alpine A110: can less be more?​

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19 March 2020

Matt Prior is great at this stuff. His enthusiasm is palpable and he is a likeable presenter.

If James Disdale is to continue doing these videos, please work on the annoying vocal tics and noises, and have the courage of your convictions! If you prefer the Cayman just say so! He presents like he is reading a dull article - all cliches and idioms. 

jer

19 March 2020

Yes James bottled it, too gushing then went Alpine. I did a fair amount of research and some great reviews from owners of both and its close but I think a majority seem to prefer the Alpine over the Cayman. Easier to live with sweeter to drive and with an engine that is amazingly much better than the Porsche 4. Depreciation though only one winner I guess. Also everyone picking up these days and the Autocar mics if not commentary how much road noise form Porsches it was really noticable in this video.

19 March 2020

I have owned a Cayman GT4 for 4yrs, semi daily driver (multiple cars), and I went to France last year to Paul Ricard for a track day to drive the base Alpine. Theres nothing wrong with the Alpine, but against my experience with GT4 it was woefully lacking on many, many levels.  That's a track day. The ownership experience only magnifies the advantage of the Cayman. The Cayman T I find a perplexing product because it fails to deliver the enthusiast / bare bones argument with conviction? It needed the 6cyl engine to do that. Would I buy a Cayman T, no. Would I buy the Alpine A110S, probably not. Buy the Cayman GTS all day long! However, if you are good friends with your local Porsche Dealership, and have the coin, then buy the GT4RS.

19 March 2020

I share Boris9119's experience with the GT4, I think my LHD example was the first in the UK, and has now racked close to one hundred days on track, a fabulous piece of engineering .

I'd love to be standing next to Matt Prior with an Ariel Atom in front of us and for him to tell me that the Atom is a mid engined car, which it so clearly isn't ( it a rear axle engined car ), under the sexy body the Alpine is exactly the same , a cheap fix , a tall, high mounted front drive train moved to back axle , I see so often on track with similarly configured Lotus's after a few laps the over worked rear tyres make the cars really exciting to drive , where the Cayman with it's proper mid engined layout , it's bespoke transaxle just motors around the circuit all day long, feeling just as good on the last lap as it did on the first. you can't overcome basic physics, sorry Matt .

31 March 2020
There was too much gushing for the Cayman here so the Journo lost his credibility.

Whatever Boris says on the other, is as valid for him as it is not for anyone else. It comes down to personal preference.

I would be inclined to go for something more playful and light on its toes, just like the Alpine 110 and I prefer the sound of the Alpine's engine.

18 April 2020

With a twist in the plot.  Just when you thought James was in love with the cayman he elopes with the alpine

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