The Car: 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S
The Mileage: 2500km
The Ownership period: 3 months
This feature was originally published in MOTOR’s June 2018 issue
What did you drive before?
I had a Renault Megane RS. Up until then that was by far and away the best car I’ve ever had. Some years earlier I had a couple of WRXs and [the Renault] just made me realise how good a really well designed chassis can be. The 2000 WRX was one of the very early ones, but I actually drove one back to back with the Renault. It felt outdated. The steering felt like it had a friction nut attached to it.
Quite an upgrade to a Porsche, then?
I was looking for a bit more performance. My father had a couple of Porsches over the years. A second-hand one came up and it wasn’t that expensive. One thing that does surprise me is the quality of the steering. But also the suspension, the combination of compliance and handling. I can’t believe it.
Seen the track yet?
I did Winton six weeks ago, it’s not as good as Phillip Island, but it’s still exciting. I couldn’t nail the sweeper so I still need to get my line right on that. You almost have to put the brake on in the corner. I was trying to brake before. Then I took a ride in a GT3 and he showed me how good the brakes were.
You owned a 987, do you miss the engine?
Well, I’m also going to say the four-cylinder engine is a highlight. It’s fantastic. It’s obviously a fair bit faster, but if the roads are less exciting I enjoy short shifting because there’s a lot of torque there. With the flat-six, if you want to rev it out it does that pretty well, it makes maximum power at reasonably high revs, which is fantastic. As for the sound, I quite like the [four cylinder’s] sound, too.
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[The Civic Type R] surprised me and I would really like to drive it. But I hate the styling.