Have been reading the thread here for a bit getting some ideas
Wife & I currently have two cars - A6 Avant TDI for day to day stuff and ferrying the chocolate labrador around, and a TTRS roadster S-Tronic for fun. We chose the TTRS in January 2011 knowing that the previous Boxster was soon to be superseded, and bought it as a fun car for us both after I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease a little while back.
981 seems to be getting some rave reviews, and I've always wanted a Porsche, so took Porsche Aberdeen's demo Boxster S with PDK out for a very quick drive on Friday, and have a longer test drive booked for next week. They also had a Guards Red Boxster S showroom car
As it was pouring down with rain, never had a chance to really get to grips with the car, but the ride quality on the PASM equipped car on 20s was really quite impressive - better than our TTRS 19s without Magnetic Ride. Power delivery of the turbo'd 5 pot TTRS is much more immediate, but it is the more powerful car anyway.
Can't really compare the engine sounds from a 1/2 hour drive - I don't think the demo car had the sports exhaust, but will try to compare against the TTRS, which has a really atmospheric 'growl' under load
I did think the multi-function wheel felt rather cheap & thin to hold, and much prefer the TTRS wheel - also much prefer the look of the Sport Design wheel to the standard wheel - it seems a pity that you can't get a multi-function version of the Sport Design steering wheel, or am I mistaken?
Absolutely love the S-Tronic 7 speed on the TTRS, but perhaps fancy a change back to a manual if we change to the 981 If we did change, this is the likely spec:
Boxster or Boxster S in manual
Agate Grey Metallic, Black roof
Agate Grey / Pebble Grey Leather package with partial leather seats
Mesh wind deflector
ParkAssist front and rear
Bi-Xenon lighting system with Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
19-inch Boxster S wheel
2-zone automatic air conditioning
SportDesign steering wheel
Aluminium brushed interior package
Audio / Communications
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) & Telephone module for PCM
Sound Package Plus