I just sat through this latest Everyday Driver video which features the C8 Corvette vs the Porsche 718 Cayman and once again the channel offers everything you could ask for out of a comparison video. The scenery (and wildlife) is spectacular as they drive these two sportscars through the Valley of Fire outside of Las Vegas and the combination of camera angles that captures the driving action and discussion from inside the cabin assures that you don’t get bored throughout the 21-minute video.
And of course, the subject matter is near and dear to our hearts as the C8 Corvette is once again compared against the entry-level mid-engine Porsche with both sportscars starting in the $60,000s as a base and are priced as tested with the Porsche coming in at just under $70K while the C8 comes in at $78K.
The Porsche 718 Cayman is 2-liter 300-hp turbo four-cylinder sportscar that has changed little since its introduction in 2006. But in that time Porsche engineers have continually revised and refined various aspects of the car while also allowing some of the 911s components like the steering rack to find their way into the car. It does feature the Porsche PDK 6-speed manual transmission which both test drivers appreciate and it weighs in at around 3100 lbs so it’s very nimble to drive.
Meanwhile, the C8 Corvette is the new and exciting mid-engine on the market. It’s slightly larger than the Cayman and of course, it weighs in at nearly 500 lbs more. Part of that additional weight is the 495-hp 6.2L V8 that provides an all-American soundtrack while the driving characteristics have improved due to the new mid-engine layout.
The comparisons touch on three major points with Design & Interior, Performance & Power, and Ride & Handling each having their own segment to highlight the best from each car. The conclusions segment is where each driver offers their opinions on both before we get to the scoring. Both cars are rated 4-stars by the two drivers, but we’ll let you find out which of one they think is the better mid-engine sports car.
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