WHO NEEDS NEW?
The debate over the new four-cylinder engine in the 718 Cayster models will rage on. Of that you can be certain. But whatever you think about the noise and response of the turbo lump, there's no doubt it's creating something of a quandary for some Porsche buyers.
Peruse the usual Porsche-related online fora and you'll find a common refrain. I want to buy a new Cayman or Boxster, it goes, but I don't like the new engine. What am I to do? The obvious answer is often overlooked. Buy the outgoing model with the flat-six engine that you like.
Some will counter that there's no substitute for the stress-free experience of a new car, of being able to spec it to your preference and take delivery of a virgin, unsullied vehicle. In reality, however, does that really make sense? A key factor here is the extension of support for the official Porsche warranty to cars up to 15 years of age. The 981 has only just been replaced, so that means you've got the better part of 15 years of availability of examples on sale from a Porsche dealer with two years of pretty comprehensive cover.
What's more, Porsche built a whole hill of 981s and quite a lot of them, to be frank, aren't driven much. The point being, the supply of low mile, fully warrantied 981s that look and feel virtually like new cars and can simply be dumped at the dealer when something breaks will probably be generous for a good 10 years.
The other point involves what you might call peak Porsche. Here, many subjectives are involved. But one could argue that you lose as much as you gain these days with new Porsche models, the added performance of the 718 at the arguable cost of character and response being an obvious example. Drive a 981 GTS and it's hard to argue that you need more performance, more polish, more comfort, more down-the-road-panache. So if you fancy a new mid-engine Porsche and can't stomach the four-pot engine in the 718, don't sweat it. All you're really losing out on is the ability to spec it from the factory. In every other regard, a nearly new 981 is a fantastic proposition.