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I've driven both on the road and the track and i like them in different scenarios?
Pdk, flappy paddles for track as it improves my driving and times
Manual for having a mess around on the country lanes where i live
I use my cayman as a daily driver. Mostly motorway miles say 300 a week, the rest is local journeys of 5-20 miles round-trip.
In my current one ive done about 10k miles in 6 months and its been brilliant. I am looking to change just coz im about to hit 30k miles..
Been looking a PDK with sports chrono (SC is not a must have) for those motorway miles but i cant find anything in the mileage category under £40k?
For £35-37k there are some real low mileage (4k-10k) ones in a manual with sports exhaust that im thinking could get me interested.
Two things put me off going above £36-37k for a cayman:
1) The new model next year
2) i go £39k then i could get a 911 C2 (58 plate, pdk)
I've driven everything in the last couple of months, C2, C2S, C4S cabs, 991's in both Standard and S derivatives, PDK and manual.
I actually find the Cayman S a more engaging drive but if im getting into 40k plus then it seems silly to not consider them?
It's a difficult decision but given your use/mileage, I probably wouldn't buy a CR and I'm someone who owns one so can't be accused of bias.
PDK versus manual debate is akin to asking whether you like blondes or brunettes, it's a subjective decision and one you can only really make yourself. Based on your usage, it's a bit 6 and two 3's. For town driving, the PDK is fantastic and if your roads are like any of the London roads I sometimes find myself on, you'll be easing it over at 5mph to prevent the front splitter being damaged. Given that my local council's answer to unemployment was to create them at 20 yard intervals, PDK is a good thing. For motorway, you'll get better economy out of the 7-speed PDK box.
Sport Chrono is brilliant but I find that Sport+ is too much unless you've got room to run and it's a potential licence losing button. When you do have room to run, it's a complete joy and of course with PDK, you have launch control although out of mechanical sympathy, I've only ever used it a couple of times, more out of curiosity than need. SC is great for super fast overtakes or for having fun on twisty A and B roads but I can't see why you'd need it for motorway, the car without is absolutely fine.
Depending on your build, I think the sports buckets (assuming they're fitted on a vehicle you're considering) may prove uncomfortable, particularly on motorway where you tend to sit in a more fixed position and with PDK, this will be compounded as your level of interaction is different.
PSE is a must have for me, I would never spec a car without it. It introduces a lower frequency rumble and depth of sound that makes the non-PSE sound shallow in comparison. I tend to turn it off on the motorway though, not because it drones, just because it quietens the cabin down a bit and as the CR has less sound insulation, you get a fair bit of tyre noise if it's not a good surface. The moment I'm off, PSE is straight back on.
You can always have the 'new model next year' debate but I personally like the mechanical handbrake in my CR and the fact that the steering is hydraulic. The new Cayman won't have these features and I'm not saying they're bad at all, I've driven a new 991S and really enjoyed it but it didn't feel the same in a number of areas so again, it comes down to personal taste. You'd have to wait longer than next year for them to drop in value to a £40k price point as well.
I noticed in the classifieds that Bramley are selling a Boxster Spyder in black with 101 miles on it for £40k. Obviously feeling the impact of the 981 but that's a fantastic car and you said that you'd driven a cab so that might be worth a thought? The 'roof issue' is a non-issue in my view and I would have bought one had it not been for the small fact that I'm not a fan of convertibles. You could do quite well if you flipped that in 6 months time with 10k as a large depreciation hit has already been taken and you're coming in to Spring (assuming we have one next year) so a good time to sell.
Hope my thoughts are of some help.