If you’re going buy a Porsche car, and you’re the type of person - like me - who can only afford one, the answer can only be the vaunted 911.
I intend complete disrespect to the Boxster and Cayman. Indeed the duo may be the best most dynamically balanced sports car for any money. What Porsche has engineered with mere MacPherson struts at all four corners is simply amazing. I definitely would not decline a go in a Cayman GT4 or a Boxster GTS.
But it’s not a 911. Given an option between said Cayman GT4 or a poverty-spec Carrera, I’d pick the 911 every single time. The Cayman would be the better driver’s car, but for me it cannot hold a candle to the icon, no matter what extreme racing spec it comes in.
You buy a Porsche, you buy a 911.
We definitely shouldn't take into account what other people say, but let’s face it, Boxster and Cayman owners are looked at as people who can’t afford a 911. Just like Jaguar sports car buyers are people who haven’t got the money for an Aston Martin; an Audi is out of the price bracket? Buy a Volkswagen.
It’s all a compromise. I don’t want to compromise. Because when we cheap out on lesser versions there’s bound to be disappointment down the road. The BMW M235i drivers looking forlorn at the M2 pulling up alongside. The flat-bill hatted kid in an WRX wishing he saved a bit longer for the STI.
If I’m buying a Porsche, it’s got to be a 911. Not just a plain 911, but a GT3.
Anything less isn't worth the pursuit.