We here at Motrolix think that it’s perfectly natural, when a sports car manufacturer produces an SUV, to wonder how much “essence du sports car” trickles down into said utility vehicle. Auto Express is here to respond to our curiosity with a bit of Porsche vs. Porsche action.
On the surface, a comparison between the fastest production Cayman variant and a Macan Turbo may seem laughable, but keep an open mind. Though it’s not necessarily built for track duty, the Macan Turbo clearly had street performance in the back of its mind; the forced-induction V6 puts out 400 horsepower, and can sprint to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. That’s despite weighing in excess of 4200 lbs.
Compare that to the Porsche Cayman GTS, which produces 340 horsepower, and reaches 60 mph after 4.6 seconds. Sure, it weighs in at a hair under 3000 lbs, but the close 0-to-60 times suggest that the two have similar weight-to-horsepower ratios, at least. This is clearly set to be more level Porsche vs. Porsche action than the duo’s respective shapes would have us believe.
So, it all comes down to cornering: differences in suspension, the weight’s impact on corner grip, and rear-wheel drive in the Cayman vs. all-wheel drive in the Macan.
Who wins? We won’t say. You’ll have to sit through Auto Express’ brilliant commentary and exquisite performance driving.
Enjoy your weekly dose of Porsche vs. Porsche action: