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If you’ve seen Rory compare the Mercedes-AMG A45 against its A35 little brother already you’ll know he was seriously impressed. But 421 horsepower and a dedicated Drift Mode in a hot hatch will do that to you, even if it does cost a hefty £50,000 (and then some).

To really put the theory to the test we brought another car along to the shoot to ask, with that £50,000 to splash on a fast car, could you really blow it on a souped-up A-Class? Or should you really be buying a proper sports car, with the pedigree of a badge everyone will recognise and respect?

That sports car is the Porsche 718 Cayman T, a special version of the already pretty tasty mid-engined coupe, preloaded with a wishlist of options you’d usually pay extra for and topped off with a lovely coat of Miami Blue paint. It’s a gorgeous machine and everything the sports car fan with that kind of money to spend could want, other than back seats and a usable boot. Could that be enough to swing it back in favour of the Mercedes? Really? Time to find out…

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