I had time to kill today before a meeting in town, so I thought I'd bop by and look at the cars I'm considering next.
Driving by the local Porsche dealership, I saw this little Atlas Grey beauty:
It's a dealer demo 2006 Cayman S, ~3k miles, optioned very lightly....that is to say, just exactly
how I would do it. All it really had was PASM active suspension, factory short shift kit, and- as the only nod to luxo & weight- a Bose surround sound stereo.
Ended up taking it out for a 120 mph test drive with one of the salesdoods. Amazing car...just mind-blowing. the grip on this car...wow. The brakes will pop your eyes right the feck out of their sockets (demoed by a 100-0 simulated holyf*ckingsh*t
stop- with hands off the wheel during the whole stomp) and even at this car's lateral limits the controlability was just 100% idiot-resistant. Mindblowing. This is the most controllable car at the edges of the envelope I have ever
The planets have not aligned properly yet...but man. The Porsche is now officially in the lead as the replacement for the Holden.
Now, I've screwed myself. I want one.
Oh...I never did listen to the stereo. That boxer engine is music enough. Sweet.
I need to drive a BMW Z4 M-Coupe next. One thing I noticed, however, is that general visibility from the cockpit in the Porsche is way
better than the M-Coupe, where rear vis is like looking down a tunnel...a big deal when carving LA traffic. MPG will be better in the Cayman S too...though that's pretty far down the selection matrix.