is all-new version still too soft to be a ‘proper’ sports car?

is all-new version still too soft to be a ‘proper’ sports car?

TELEGRAPH RATING Three stars out of five
THE RIVALS
Audi TT Cabriolet, from £30,605
It is a smashing looking thing and this latest model is much the best-driving TT ever, but it’s too luxurious and soft to be seen as a sports car. For all that the TT is a competent cruiser and the base model 1.8-litre weighs just 1.3 tonnes.
Abarth 124 Spider, from £29,625
Who doesn’t know this is a rebodied Mazda MX-5? You might wonder at the sense of swapping an impeccably reliable Japanese driveline for one from an Italian manufacturer, but this 170bhp, one tonne sports car is a pretty hard-core drive, although the handling suffers as a result.
Morgan Plus 4, from £43,389
With the imminent demise of the 4/4, this is the starter four-wheeled Morgan. It’s also one of the best narrow-bodied Morgans, mainly as a result of small but significant improvements over the years to improve the chassis behaviour (not it’s not made of wood), waterproofing and comfort. Expensive, yes, but great fun – and a proper sports car.
Porsche Boxster, from £44,798
Now called 718, with a disappointingly incoherent if highly effective four-cylinder turbo engine, but there have been rumours that the next generation will revert to six cylinders, and perhaps even a battery-electric drivetrain options. Engine apart, however, this is an utterly beguiling sports car with terrific handling, great performance and a decent enough reliability record.

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