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Not that they struggle in such treacherous water. Porsche’s latest six-cylinder, naturally aspirated boxer engine is an utter joy, offering as much outright performance as any road-going sports car really needs but also wonderful smoothness and response, and an 8000rpm operating range. Unusually long-feeling gearing makes the six-speed manual versions slightly less appealing to drive, in some ways, than the seven-speed paddleshift automatics.

The 718’s beautifully poised handling, incredibly linear handling response and effortless body control at speed are now widely celebrated. This is the kind of sports car that can seem word-perfect in how it takes apart a cross-country road tough enough to expose a lesser machine. If you like a sports car with more power than its chassis can easily deploy, or whose dynamic quirks and flaws present something of a challenge to be ‘driven around’, you might even think a GTS 4.0 too good.

Compared to some cars in this list, there is also perhaps a slight lack of desirability about this car; but its usability is first-rate – and, now at least, its powertrain can be considered every bit as stellar as its ride and handling.

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4. Mercedes-AMG GT

With the spaceframe body structure of a supercar, a front-mounted engine from a muscle saloon, suspension tuned for maximum attack on the track and yet the practicality and luxury allure of an elegant coupé or roadster, the Mercedes-AMG GT is an even more bewildering addition to the sports car world than the Mercedes-Benz SLS was.

With lower-end (if you can call 523bhp ‘lower-end’) versions available for less than £110,000, however, it deserves to be considered next to higher-end examples of the Porsche 911 Carrera and Jaguar F-Type. In fact, thanks to its bombastic hot rod character and somewhat rough-edged, unreconstructed and to-the-point handling, it’s at this level that the car probably the greatest appeal.

Of course, there would be times when you’d grow tired of the GT’s high-adrenalin temperament and lack of civility; but cheaper versions of this car have that bit less wearing aggressiveness about their character than the pricier ones, and the car’s highs would always outweigh the moments when it annoyed. The GT is certainly capable and versatile – as much as cars twice its price – and it’s so charming and lovable with it, even if not quite as delicate as alternatives.

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