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cayman R vs 911

I have a 911 Tip 2010 and am looking at a 2012 Cayman R
Wanted to get anyones opinion on going from a 911 to the Cayman R

Pros and Cons
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I can only think of pro's you will have about the same or more power in the CaymanR , it will handle better throught corners, in my opinion it's better looking. longer warranty etc etc. the most important thing to remember is-the only thing that counts is what you want.
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Thanks. Looking at a speed yellow R
Im also leaning towards manual vs pdk.

Always had a 911 so this will be a change
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Have spent time in both and they are both great cars. It really just depends on what you want it for. If I were looking for a nimble canyon carver or track day toy I would prefer the Cay R. If I wanted a world class GT car with comfort, style, and attitude I would choose a 997. It's a win-win.
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A sales rep who worked at porsche, lexus, and mercedes told me that 911 has the highest resale value.
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How is the R equipped?

How appropriate are the tires for the weather conditions in your area?

In what traffic conditions are you going to drive it? Drive both a stick and a PDK on your normal route at the normal time.

Will what you need to carry fit in the trunk?

Do research on the resale value of the color as it can affect price by 20%+
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Thanks for the info. Good Points
Yes Manual. I probably drive 20 miles a day. Not a lot. In Los Angeles.
I really don't carry anything and the back seat in the 911 is so small.
The R is basically fully loaded (leather seats) not sport and the only item missing is electric seats other than that it is fully loaded with Nav, Sport Chrono etc..Heat Seats.
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I would probably agree on resale but heard that the R brings in more value.
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Its amazing how biased folks can be when the choice is already between two amazing cars.

Buy the one you like/want. Don't worry about what others think.
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The reality is that these are almost exactly the same car in many, many respects. The Cayman will probably have slightly better handling as the weight distribution is much better. However, as mentioned previously, the 911 might have higher resale value / cachet...

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I have them both - not quite - a Cayman S slightly moded and a 930. Two different cars, handling, look, power band, weight distribution, brakes, responsiveness, age... both great; however, the driving machine is the 930, the Cayman is almost on tracks. Regardless, what you really want/like more is what should count to you, it is a matter of value not cost - IMHO.
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You are probably right about getting what i want to drive. I sure like the cayman r body style.
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Hey if it's time to move on then do . I drive a friends 2012 Cayman R all the time with PDK, Sport Chrono, Sport Muffler. He buys a new car every year and his previous two were 911s. His new 911 S is coming in March. He has tracked many cars. I asked him how the Cayman compared to all his 911s. His exact words...the Cayman is more throwable and doesn't have enough leg room (he has long legs).

The Cayman R is awesome you'll love it...though ask me in March after I drive the new 911 S

Good luck I'm sure you'll be happy either way...both Porsche.
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Thanks. I'm about to test drive one! today! I heard the new 911S is really nice. Being only 5 7" I won't have the leg room issue. Thanks for the feedback.
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Thanks. I'm about to test drive one! today! I heard the new 911S is really nice. Being only 5 7" I won't have the leg room issue. Thanks for the feedback.
How did the test drive go? Make sure if you haven't driven PDK with Sport and Sport Plus you do.

I'm 5'7'' 165lb and fit great in a Cayman. I might feel small in the huge 'new' 911 ...we'll see.
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Funny how average folks can't tell the differences between Porsches. The question I get most is, "what kind of car is that?" Hell, they can't even recognize a Porsche when they see one, let alone which model it is.

To my eye the Cayman is the better body style.

Are you choosing the Speed Yellow color or is that all that is available? Personally, I love the color (mine is Speed Yellow), but I would suspect that one of the grays or silvers would provide better resale value. That yellow is a bit loud for most folks.
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The 911 is the perfect girl - beautiful, smart, well schooled, knows just how to party and is always gonna be there for you. The Cayman is the hot younger sister that is dirty enough to make you blush, can dance her pants off all night and still be able to get up in the early morning, run 8 miles and do a NY Times cross-word in pen with out a mistake.

The Cayman, IMO is the next great offering. While nothing can beat the 911 line, the progression of Porsche suggests that the Cayman is the logical evolution. Think F-4 vs F18.

As for re-sale, think back at all the great cars you have ever owned. Chances are you regret getting rid of them. Resale is nice piece of mind concept but this car isn't an investment (investments provide additional income right?) - it is a guilty pleasure and luxury. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The odds that this car (or pretty much any car) will increase in value over the ownership years just doesn't happen. Unless you buy it, drain the fluids and box it up in an airtight container - and if you do that you should be hung by your feet and beat with a dull saw!
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Remembering that the Cayman is about a year away from the new model, a major redesign of the exterior/interior with probably minimal engine/trans changes.
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[QUOTE=LubeMaster77;6508163]The 911 is the perfect girl - beautiful, smart, well schooled, knows just how to party and is always gonna be there for you. The Cayman is the hot younger sister that is dirty enough to make you blush, can dance her pants off all night and still be able to get up in the early morning, run 8 miles and do a NY Times cross-word in pen with out a mistake.

LubeMaster - Excellent summary - that is beautiful!
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The Cayman is the hot younger sister
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