RE: Chris Harris video: GT86 vs 370Z vs Cayman

RE: Chris Harris video: GT86 vs 370Z vs Cayman

Thursday 16th August 2012

Chris Harris video: GT86 vs 370Z vs Cayman

Back to basics GT86 meets brawny 370Z and the inevitable used Porsche alternative



The debate as to whether the GT86 is fast enough rolls on. I think it's indicative of how we have recently become addicted to unnecessary levels of straight-line performance that we think a car which does 0-60mph in 7.4sec (Autocar figures) is plain slow.

Enough power? To enjoy yourself, yes
Enough power? To enjoy yourself, yes
I spent a day driving it around the UK and not once did I think it needed more power. Not given the balance of poke and chassis balance. Right now, it's so sweet it seems a shame to spoil it. I'm sure a turbo will make it mentally sideways and dip into the fives to 60, but that would be a different type of car.

The rivals? The recently overlooked Nissan 370Z and the German curve-ball, otherwise known as a used Porsche Cayman S. The idea being quite obvious: see just how much the GT loses against the Nissan by being over 100hp down, and answering those echoing forum voices who look at the cost of these new toys and yell, incessantly, "You can get a used Porsche for that kind of money!"

Where's your money going?
Where's your money going?
Indeed you can. But it doesn't have a five-year warranty.

We drove motorways, dual-carriageways, a well-known three-sided configuration of Welsh roads - pretty much every road type an owner could hope for - and reached a conclusion that included observations, among others, concerning the '86's freakishly impressive fuel-consumption.

You'll have to watch the vid to find out more.

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masonj

Original Poster:

20 posts

106 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Grab your popcorn this is gonna be a longgg night!

bonecrusher

23 posts

119 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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naaaaahh.. the Cayman all day.......

Hellbound

2,402 posts

134 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Omg omg omg....gonna save this video for after the gym...when im in my jim jams with my milk and cookies. yum

750turbo

5,887 posts

182 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Yes...

No...

Maybe...

There, that is all eventualities covered.

Let the fighting commence.

beer

stew-S160

7,826 posts

196 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Great video as usual Chris. Infact, damn brilliant video. Seeing the cars mid air & sideways, proper hoonage.
The GT86 just looks great on the road.

RossP

2,248 posts

241 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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I like the GT86 and test drove one recently but found it just too slow.

If you are going to include used cars - how about the E92 M3? I bought one recently with only 15k miles for £28.5k from a BMW dealer!

raptor600

1,356 posts

104 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Think I might be getting a GT86 in 2/3 years once I change up from the 197 F1! biggrin

F1GTRUeno

4,619 posts

176 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Just really makes me want a Cayman.

Dave Hedgehog

12,899 posts

162 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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finally the test i wanted to see

nissan z if you never diver over 7/10ths and want to nuke GT86s at the lights

but cayman S it is then

nice one chris

HorneyMX5

4,739 posts

108 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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F1GTRUeno said:
Just really makes me want a Cayman.
+1 Off to the classifieds I go to dream.

Dagnut

3,515 posts

151 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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"Used Cayman S"..so typical of Harris even when a Porsche is not relevant he tries to make it so...so transparent. It's such a shame he has an agenda he is a quality video journalist.

Edited by Dagnut on Wednesday 15th August 20:41

Dave Hedgehog

12,899 posts

162 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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HorneyMX5 said:
F1GTRUeno said:
Just really makes me want a Cayman.
+1 Off to the classifieds I go to dream.
sold smile

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/4000673.htm

Dave Hedgehog

12,899 posts

162 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Dagnut said:
"Used Cayman S"..so typical of Harris even when a Porsche is not relevant he tries to make it so...so transparent. It's such a shame he has an agenda he is a quality video journalist.
err i think you find he avoided the obvious magazine group test (ie GT86 v renault cup whatever) and put 2 cars that we on the forum keep referring to

Monty Zoomer

1,459 posts

115 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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The Cayman's best yes

someday

110 posts

117 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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These videos are brilliant. Only way to make them better would be to make them longer.

spyderman8

1,748 posts

114 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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That Cayman looks very bouncy on its Bilsteins. Shame he didn't compare it with a more standard car.

SWoll

9,837 posts

216 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Dagnut said:
"Used Cayman S"..so typical of Harris even when a Porsche is not relevant he tries to make it so...so transparent. It's such a shame he has an agenda he is a quality video journalist.

Edited by Dagnut on Wednesday 15th August 20:41
rofl

It's strange how many motor journalist's are accused of having the same agenda. scratchchin

Nothing to do with the quality of the product I'm sure...

SystemParanoia

14,343 posts

156 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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the dip mid corner on that road looked horrific!!

imagine comming in too hot and not realising that was there lol.

y2blade

56,027 posts

173 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Tough call between the two Japs imho.


Great Vid Chris cool

BBS-LM

3,923 posts

182 months

Wednesday 15th August 2012
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Really good comparison that, but I cannot believe the GT86 spec car you had was £28K, bloody hell, for me it would be the Cayman all day long, it has the History, It's a Porsche, and it sound bloody great, all that for under £20K, where to I sign, and as you said Chris, it is going to still be worth a good lump sum at the end of play day, not to sure I can say the same thing for the GT86.