Battle of my driver's cars; the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 versus Porsche 718 Cayman GT4!
These are two cars that on paper are incredibly similar, but with a first opportunity to get them out on the roads back to back, it's time to directly see how they stack up! They share many things in common, for example: manual gearboxes, naturally aspirated engines, big wings on the back, bucket seats, track focused versions of main models, almost identical acceleration times and top speeds, and much more!
However, they are also fundamentally very different with the GT8's V8 up front and the GT4's mid placement of its flat-6. Rewinding back to 2016, my original 981 Cayman GT4 departed the garage to make way for the arrival of the Vantage GT8, and hence it's very fun now to have the 718 Cayman GT4 arriving alongside. T
hey are two cars that offer similar performance but at very different price points owing to the GT8's carbon fibre body and exclusivity from being one of 150, as opposed to the thousands of GT4s that have been and will continue to be built, as well as future derivatives to arrive.
When I decided to buy the new GT4, one of my first plans was to get them out on the road together. It's fantastic to make that happen on a great section of twisting country lanes, the exact kind of driving these two cars were built for. I would argue that in each case they are for sure great fun on track, but really come into their own for this purpose - being proper drivers' cars.
|Episode title||My Best Driver's Car? Aston Martin GT8 vs Porsche 718 Cayman GT4|
|Date added||10 May 2021|
|Original date||9 May 2021|