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Would You Rather Have a Porsche 911 GT3 RS or Cayman GT4?

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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2017

Hello, readers of our beloved Oversteer, and welcome to your latest round of Ask Doug, where you Ask Doug a question, and Doug mulls over the answer for a little bit while watching Gilmore Girls and eating instant soup.

If you'd like to participate in Ask Doug, you can! Send me an email at OversteerDoug@gmail.com or send me a note on my Facebook page. I can't promise I'll include your question here on the site, but I can promise I will read it, unless of course I find a better question first, and yours goes unread.

Anyway, today's question comes to us from a reader I've named Herbert, who says:

Dear Doug,

You said that the Porsche Cayman GT4 was "one of the best cars" you have even driven. Then you review the 911 GT3 RS, and end with it is in the "top 3-4 best cars". So which is best? GT3RS or GT4?

If you give me a satisfactory answer, next time you are in Southern California I'll let you drive my 1991 Accord with 200k miles on it. The rusted on surf racks really sets it apart from the other 10,000 Accords in SoCal that have over 200k miles on them!

Herbert

Well, Herbert, this is an excellent question, and the stakes are tremendously high: I very seriously want to drive your 1991 Accord, in approximately the same sense as I very seriously want to lose a contact lens on a long road trip with no replacement. Although I must admit, it has been a long time since I've seen a 1990-1993 Accord, on account of the fact that I do not live in Southern California, where the climate preserves every car, including many that don't deserve to be preserved.

Anyway, back to the question, which is a tremendously difficult one: You've asked me whether I prefer the 911 GT3 RS or the Cayman GT4. Which one do I think really is the best car?

Oh, Herbert. Herbert, Herbert, Herbert. You can't ask me which car is my favorite, because this changes every single day -- based on my mood, and the time of year, and the last car I've driven, and exactly how much I'm capable of remembering about previous automobiles I've driven. Picking one "best" is just too hard.

Between the GT3 RS and the Cayman GT4, however, it isn't so hard. I loved the GT3 RS, but I really, deeply, strongly don't like flashy cars. While I'd struggle to say the GT3 RS is a "flashy" car compared to, say, a Lamborghini Huracan or a Ferrari 488 GTB, there's no doubt it's flashier than the Cayman GT4. So I'd probably pick the GT4.

But the GT3 RS is faster!!!, you might say. Believe it or not, this isn't hugely important to me. Most sports cars are "fast" -- and once you've reached a certain level of high performance and speed, incremental gains don't really matter to me all that much anymore. The Cayman GT4 does zero to 60 in around 4 seconds. Is the GT3 RS's 3.3-second 0-to-60 time really going to make a huge difference? Is its higher top speed going to be usable on the road? I personally prefer cars I can really wring out on back roads -- not ones that surpass all legal speed limits in the first 4 seconds of driving. And the Cayman GT4 is a lot more wring-able.

So does that make it the "best" car, as Herbert has asked? It really might. The best car really does change with my mood, and I've answered this question in many ways before. I love the Cayman GT4, but it's very expensive. I also love the BMW 1 Series M, which provides similar thrills for a lot less money. Is that the best car? On a snowy day when I want to relax, I might say the Range Rover is the best car. And I've always found the Porsche Carrera GT to be exceptionally awesome -- but can something that's worth $600,000 or more really be considered "the best?"

I can't really say what car I truly think is the "best." With that said, I know that the Cayman GT4 and the 911 GT3 RS have both earned a spot on my revolving list of the top three or four cars I've driven. But the only thing I can promise is that they probably won't be on that list forever.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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