What’s the best recipe for an engaging sports coupé? Front or rear engine, four-cylinder or six? You’ll get very different answers depending on which manufacturer you ask.
BMW has been firmly in the front-engined, rear-driven six cylinder camp for years, and now a partnership with Toyota means that the all-new Supra is as well. The M2 Competition currently represents the most affordable end of the M Division line-up, while the GR Supra is Toyota’s most potent two-seater.
Porsche, long considered the benchmark for sports car handling, is all about mid-engined poise. The latest-generation Cayman may have lost two cylinders in the process, but the 718 Cayman T is the most focused of the lot - and crucially comes with a manual gearbox. Finally, the reborn Alpine A110 puts the engine even further back, opting for a featherweight construction that puts agility above outright power.
Autocar’s Matt Prior and James Disdale put all four through their paces on the circuit to find out which delivers the most fun.