MEGA BATTLE: Mercedes-AMG versus Porsche in every class

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A 45 AMG vs Cayman S

You are right. At first sight these two sports cars don not quite fit together. On the one hand a five-door compact hatchback, on the other hand a sleek coupe with central engine and rear-wheel drive. Nevertheless, similiarities start to arise as soon as we sink into the driving dynamics, price and the four-cylinder engine layout – all approximately identical.

Everything is new on the Cayman, including the name which now gains the 718 tag. Externally, the facelifted Cayman brings significant changes too: restyled bumpers, wheels, the distinctive LED technology for headlamps and taillights and all outer panels
with the exception of Tailgate. For gadgets such as Matrix light, head-up display and a more intuitive multimedia operating concept we must wait until the end of 2020, when the new generation (project number 983) goes into production. In the facelift,
the Cayman lost two-cylinder and in return gained turbocharging for its boxer engine which features four instead of six-cylinder, 2.5 instead of 3.4 liters displacement – initially it all sounds like less power and driving pleasure. But the 2.5-liter S model boasts an impressive 350 hp output and should be significantly faster than its 325 bhp heavier predecessor.

On the track, the AMG A 45 is likely to see the tail lights of the nimbler 718 Cayman more than often. Even so, the 381 hp compact is currently the benchmark in its class. The facelifted version has gained valuable benefits in handling and comfort thanks to the optional adaptive suspension and the shorter stepped gear. Even sports tires can now be ordered straight from the factory. Do you have children? Then the choice is
probably the AMG, otherwise the 718 Cayman S is still the sensible route. Do you have enough money? Then take them both.

Mercedes-AMG A 45Porsche 718 Cayman S
EngineL4, turboB4, turbo
Max. power/revs (HP/rpm)381/5,500350/6,000
0-100 km/h (s)4.24.5
Top speed (km/h)270285
Price (euro, GER)51,05164,118
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