Originally Posted by matmanx1
Yeah we definitely need to hear more about that one. I'm also curious on your thoughts on the Macan GTS and the RS3 now that you have experienced them firsthand. Obviously the 911 GTS is in another league in terms of price and performance but, as I learned from my demo laps the week before last, they are truly epic performers for a road car.
I am so glad I was able to drive all these cars. What a spread, from a Civic Si to a 991. My comments may seem controversial about some cars, and I know we have some owners here, but it's nothing personal.
RS3: I really wanted to like the car, but it left me indifferent, especially compared to the M2. I am starting to wonder if it's primarily due to the transmission. The manual M2 felt like a greater rush as I was accelerating, and while I have no doubt the RS3 is faster in a straight line, it didn't push me back against my seat as I was flooring it. Remember that I was on the streets and not a racetrack, so I can't fully assess things like understeer and handling, but the steering was lighter than the M2, the engine/exhaust sound didn't please me as much as the M2, and my butt dyno was not going off the charts in the RS3. I liked its looks inside and out, and there was less road noise, I'll give it that. I think Audi on average is amazing on esthetics and refined driving, but the sportiness isn't generally as good as BMW imo. I could have driven a TT-RS and possibly a R8 as the sales manager was trying hard to earn my business, but I was in a hurry and I am not willing to spend R8 money anytime soon.
Macan GTS: once again, I really wanted to like the car, but it didn't feel that different than the base Macan I drove a week ago. More power, tighter suspension, but it still remained a SUV to me. I just didn't like the high seating position. Unlike other porsches I drove today, it didn't feel solid like a bank vault made of a single large piece of steel. I didn't feel as connected to the car. I felt somewhat isolated, again compared to the other porsches. Engine/exhaust noise was distant. The acceleration felt ok but nothing to write home about (not any faster than a 340i imo), Again maybe on the track the Macan GTS can truly shine, but I completely disagree with it being even compared to a sports car. I still think I'd rather drive a BMW 340i to a Macan GTS. It might be a crazy statement, but I honestly didn't care for the Macan.
Golf R (2017): surprised by this car. Very fun and easy to drive. Manual R was much easier to drive than the M2 MT, but it's probably me being a terrible driver. Again, my butt dyno is calibrated wrong, but I swear the acceleration felt more brutal than the RS3. Value for the money is good, and possibly the best of all the cars I've driver. I can fully understand the fuss about this car. Steering is way too light though for my liking though.
Boxter 718 S: no Cayman S to test drive, so I drove the convertible. 80-90% of the 991 feel with 50-60% of the price. Car feels solid like it's made a single block of concrete. I now understand when some people say it's as if your brain is linked directly to the car. I liked the 4 cylinders sound, and I didn't think it was half as bad as everyone on the internet makes it to be. I honestly didn't have enough seat time to compare its balance vs the 911, but I have no doubt it's just as capable in the handling department. Didn't like the looks as much though, and it's not as practical, and I still like more power...
991 C4 GTS: best looking car of them all, by far. Classy as hell. Best sound, by far. Best road handling behaviour. Interesting how the car is stiff yet not harsh, if that makes any sense. I could easily daily drive this thing, whereas I am not sure I would like doing that with the M cars. Launch control is just beautiful. The power, the refinement, the amazing sounds coming out of this thing. The turbo engine that is so responsive to a single millimeter depression of the gas pedal, the grip that makes you feel the car is hugging the road. My cheeks were hurting from so much smiling. I could go on and on about this car, but this is it for me, my new gold standard. Can't think of anything else cheaper that would drive like this. My wife is allowing me to get one, and I'm still trying to rationalize spending this amount of money on a car but every single cent spent would be worth it imo. Nuts nuts nuts! All I know it's only a matter of time, whether it's 2 weeks or 2 years, but I want one bad. Really bad!