It has to be said that neither of the 718’s four-cylinder boxer engines are particularly refined. Both rumble away at idle with all the mechanical refinement of an air-cooled VW camper van, and as the revs rise, you’re assaulted by uncouth rattles, resonances and booms. Even with the optional sports exhaust chirping, popping and banging theatrically, it can’t mask the coarse mechanical racket emanating behind you. When it comes to pace, the official figures don’t tell an accurate story. The entry 718 is so over-geared - to enhance fuel efficiency - that it always feels sluggish below 2,000rpm and bogs down with every shift at low speeds. You need to spin the engine well above 3,500rpm to keep things on the boil, and only then, does it begin to feel as quick as you’d expect. The larger 2.5-litre motor in the S also suffers some lag, but not to the same extent thanks to its more sophisticated turbocharger. It is much quicker to get into its stride than its 2.0-litre sibling, and feels substantially stronger. Once on song, it punches hard and extremely fast, zinging all the way round to the 7,000rpm redline.