I bought a certified pre-owned RS 60 spyder with 30K miles, 2.5 years old, and paid $41K at a dealership (wrnty good to 100K mi or June 2014). The design, performance, fit&finish, and overall driveability are phenomenal. The sport exhaust is absolutely AWESOME!!. I love driving this baby through tunnels with the top down--the sound just stirs the soul! Many you tube videos exist that give nice reviews of the car, but for some reason none really capture the sound all that well. You really have to drive it to hear and feel it adequately. After researching "fun" cars for years, I feel that I couldn't have made a better choice for overall performance and value.
Hands down its the sport exhaust. As one video reviewer put it (I'm paraphrasing): "unlike other buttons, the sport exhaust button knows how to push right back on your buttons..." It really is amazing and wonderful to hear that sound as you get pressed hard into the seat back while the car accelerates like a rocket.
2nd fav feature is value--KBB doesn't list this vehicle, but does list the "limited edition" which is priced below a standard boxster because of the unpopular color. You may get lucky (as I did) and find a dealership that prices this as a LE as opposed to what it truly is.
Even though the car was built the same year as my Honda Accord, the electronics (Nav system, radio) seem light years behind the Honda. There is no bluetooth, the radio doesn't seem to know how to hold onto a signal, and the Nav is not very intuitive (too many menus, no central knob to control multiple functions). The Nav is PCM 2.1--I've heard that the newer Porsche system (3.0 or 3.1?) is much better, but that is obviously not available on this vehicle, which was only offered in 2008.
Replacing my aging s2000 was difficult. Buying the RS60 was easy. There was no comparison. Price of admission was high, but the Porsche selectable suspension system coupled with smooth kick in the pants engine power, killer brakes, handling, and selectable exhaust makes an enthusiast dream come though. The car felt like home immediately. Rare and beautiful gray interior and that classic exterior makes my tail wag when the garage door opens. At 6 ft plus plenty of room and comfort. Bose system sounds very good when I am not listening to that beautiful exhaust note. Fit and finish is fantastic and having two trunks is even better. Ride comfort superb. It is a sensational auto that is a blast.
Selectable exhaust and suspension.
Raise the speed limit on the roads when I am out driving and smiling.
2008 Porsche Boxster S 2dr Convertible (3.4L 6cyl 6M)
This car is so fun to drive. It handles likes its on rails and sounds so good that I'm always turning down the $1000 upgraded Bose stereo down so I can hear the 3.4 growl. I love going anywhere now. Haven't said that in a while. This is my daily driver and with the traffic here in town chose the triptronic. I never thought that I would be saying this but I am so glad I went with the Auto. Its like driving a high tech video game. Flying around corners and shifting is a blast. I can also be holding hands with my date and still drive the car like it should be driven.
Engine, suspension, Black paint, interior and handling.
Bought my S-LE (almost) fully loaded with <6k mi - on eBay from a stranger, sight unseen. "Dumbest move imaginable" turned out to make me the "smartest buy guy" - this is the ONLY way to beat Porsche price-gouging. Sour-grapers sneer, "What's up with the..." or "Who drives an ORANGE car?", but there's no question this baby is a head-turner - more so than the PD or the Spyder. Folks at work I never talked to stop by for chats, strangers walk up wanting to know the name of the color, and little boys run after me in my hood shouting "I LOVE your car!". But that's vanity - what you experience behind the wheel is inSANity! I've named her my "joy toy"!
Control, power, and all-around BLISSFUL behind-the-wheel experience, supportive seats, the ROAR of my $3k Tubi exhaust, low-wind noise even at 75 mph with the top down, the slick click of the stick, tasteful interior with orange accents, and the cache of an LE with a numbered name-plate.
Price-to-pay are the rationed interior room, the so-so mileage on premium gas, the quirky European controls, particularly for air flow (I'd KILL for the auto climate control) and notorious low-life, very-expensive tires. Really, if this is limited ed., they should have made the red calipers orange!