WHO NEEDS NEW?

911 Porsche World - - News And Views -

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.

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