Speed Week: victory parade
After much discussion, several heated debates and more than a few veiled threats, 11 have been whittled down to three. Meet the best of the best
Posted: 19 Aug 2013
The first wasn't exactly hard to choose. The Porsche Cayman S is an object lesson in brilliance - dense and bright with balance and engineering. The way it steers and stops, the way it remains controlled and conscious at the limit, the way it always finds a millimetre of more. It's small and pretty and usable in a way that so many other cars here simply aren't: a gentle companion for those with less track experience, a weapon in the hands of The Stig.
In fact, when it came down to the final reckoning, the Cayman's only chink was a slight feeling of arrogance - its only failing is that it's somehow too good, too perfect. Which matters bugger all if you were spending your own money on a car. Almost without exception, this was the car that most would actually aspire to buying in the real world, a car that provides so much, and asks so little in the way of compromise. It's downright fabulous and deserves to be in the final three, without question. Though perhaps best sampled in a less vitriolic colour.