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Audi TT vs Porsche Cayman S - Used to be
The Audi TT gets a smaller motor. Has it lost out on the fun?
By : Rohin Nagrani | Published : November 10, 2012 | Photos : Aditya Upadhyayula
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Audi TT vs Porsche Cayman S - Used to be
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So, the press release says ‘downsizing is our new mantra’ or some such. Spiel or otherwise, the new TT is quicker than the last car. Heck, that’s despite being down on the horsepower count and costing a smidgeon less than its predecessor. Quicker, yes. Better?

Ah, that’s why we have something in the yellow corner. It’s called the Cayman S, unless you thought it’s a 911. It isn’t new, though. A 2007 specimen, this one was picked up by a dear friend for a song. A little under ` 50 lakh, this 11,000 km on-the-clock example is from Porsche’s pre-owned division, Porsche Approved. Thoroughly examined, polished and sold, this particular car didn’t need much of the ‘sprucing up’. Clean as a whistle and sorted in every which way, it turned up for the shoot for a solitary purpose: Should you buy a brand new TT or should you be turning up in something with a hallowed badge but with some miles under the clock?

To the TT then. It’s always been a bit of a design classic, the previous iteration especially. You never mistake the TT for anything else, because the Bauhaus design philosophy continues to an extent. Yet I’m no great fan of the current car – you always know it’s trying too hard to live up to the original. The Cayman on the other hand is a first-gen car and as it goes, the first-gen is always the purest. There is always a sense of purpose, something that happens when there’s a clean sheet of paper in front of you.

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