I have driven BMWs for years now, but wanted more pure sports car for the track. This car was just plain awesome on the 2.5 mile Heartland Park road course. Porsche has to be under rating the speed and horsepower numbers on this car for fear of losing 911 sales. If Porsche wanted to tweak it some more, this car and engine could blow the 911 out of the water. This is a great car, hands down. It puts a smile on my face every time I drive. It's friendly as an everyday driver too.
The interior quality, seats, tremendous brakes, storage space, and ease of shifting (great clutch).
The Bose stereo needs better reception. And, come on Porsche, what's with the lack of iPod, MP3, or satellite radio options. Get with the 2000's.
What an outstanding car! My last two cars were 'vettes. This car is superior in performance, handling, quality and more fun to drive. I get compliments everywhere I go. Definitely get the PASM and spend the extra money on the leather interior - you will be glad you did. The quality and worksmanship of the full leather is unbelievable. Only get the chrono package if you are going to track the car. I wish I had chosen the sport shifter, but the stock six-speed shifter is still the best I've driven. The Carrera 19" wheels painted in the exterior body color is awesome.
Porsche needs to offer the iPod adpater, they are late to the party on this.
This car brings the fun and excitement back to driving. I have had numerous sports cars, the most recent being a 2005 Corvette. The Caymen S doesn't have the brute power of the vette, but with the mid engine you feel like you are part of the road and in control. My car has not had any problems to speek of, except for a faulty radio, which was promptly replaced.
The road performance, quick shifts, engine sound, and style.
It has poor visibility when backing up. It really needs a backing assistance feature.
I have to say I have always been a practicality guy when it comes to cars and depreciating items. This car beats my reason into submission and gets me on an adrenaline program. Its build quality is beyond what you would ever see in almost any other mark. The ride is like a rollercoaster that will not leave the track and the look is more exotic than anything Porsche has made in recent history. As Ferris Bueller said "If you have the money, I highly recommend it." The engine noise is a sweet tune and the grip is like nothing else. The seats are better than most aftermarket models and the curves of the body almost make you blush. It looks great in every color they make, leaving you smiling.
The sweet sounding engine, beautiful interior, fantasic body styling, and un-equalled grip in the turns.
Lower the ride height for an even more aggressivve look. Add more functionality to the key/remote. Maybe give it a keyless entry system a la Acura and others.