Believe it or not, it’s five years since Porsche lopped two cylinders from its base Cayman, tacked on a 718 badge to evoke some history, and ignited the bottom half of the Internet in the process. A lot has happened since early 2016—a lot—but suffice to say a slightly grumbly-sounding Porsche quickly became a minor inconvenience rather than an outright hate crime. Tiddly 2.0-liters have sat amid the majority of Caymans sold since, even now that the option of a flat-six has returned further up the range.
Toyota is expecting a similar result for its 2.0-liter Supra—for the comments-section incandescence to subside and for the markets that get this engine to give the smaller mill a chance. Given how irked the 2JZ diehards were by a BMW-sourced six-pot, it’s hard to see how this 254hp turbo four-cylinder—shared with the new BMW 128ti hot hatch as well as a midrange Z4—can possibly do any more damage.
Then there’s the Jaguar F-Type P300, a slightly unemotive suffix informing us this one has 300ps—or the same 296hp as the Porsche—produced by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo shared with the XE sedan. It launched almost four years ago as the least skittish and most nimble F-Type yet, and it’s here in facelifted form. But weighing in at over 1.5 tons, it’s the porkiest (and slowest) car here, as well as the most expensive—the idea of a First Edition trim feels a bit of a stretch on a car that’s basically seven years old, and it helps lift the price almost £20,000 (P1.34 million) north of the Supra’s as tested. A tough battle lies ahead.