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2018/08/04 11:58:48 (permalink)

Changing from 981S to 991.1 or 991.2 GTS

This may seem a daft question as entirely subjective, and ultimately has to be my decision, but as the forum is all about sharing opinions and experience, I would appreciate comments and advice  from anybody who has moved from Cayman 981S to a  991.1 or 991.2 GTS. I do not need the extra seats, but although I find it hard to fault the Cayman, I am not in love with it! I have driven GTS's and am tempted, but as the cost of change is so high thought I would seek opinions from those who have made the change.
 
Fundamentally has anybody regretted the change?
 
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Re: Changing from 981S to 991.1 or 991.2 GTS 2018/08/04 22:12:20 (permalink)
Hi, I went from a Boxster S, to a 996 C4S, to a 997 GTS to a 991.1 GTS.
 
ive tried the 991.2 GTS for a day but for me there is something special about the normally aspirated engine with the sports exhaust. 
 
Appreciate the cost cost to change but for me it’s worth every penny, the Boxster / Cayman are better balanced cars but there is only one 911, and for the the 991.1 GTS is probably best of breed, with the exception of the GT cars if you like your track days
 
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Re: Changing from 981S to 991.1 or 991.2 GTS 2018/08/06 13:36:58 (permalink)
Thanks for the feedback Porker. I will be looking for the right car and spec. Like you, I also liked the n/a engine, but was also mightily impressed with the 991.2.
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Re: Changing from 981S to 991.1 or 991.2 GTS 2018/08/06 13:54:35 (permalink)
I had a 981 Cayman S. Great car.   Like you, I never managed to fall in love with it though. I then had a 997.2 GTS PDK which was lovely but I fell for the idea of a (manual) 991.2 Carrera T when it was announced last October.  My car was delivered in March and I absolutely love it, more so even than the GTS.  Don’t regret either change at all.  To me, a brand new T, built to my spec, was a very attractive alternative to a used GTS for notably less money.  There are still some new stock cars left which may be worth considering?

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Re: Changing from 981S to 991.1 or 991.2 GTS 2018/08/07 20:44:03 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Andrew_CS 2018/08/08 10:38:47
I have not owned a Cayman but my first 911 was a 991 Carrera for 14.5K miles then moved on to a 991.1 C2 GTS for another 14K miles and then last May a 991.2 C4 GTS in which I have now done 10.5K miles, without any question the latter is the best car for me, it's faster, more economical and better infotainment equipped with the PCM 4. My car has a very high spec. Rear Axle Steering, PDCC, PCCB, Sport PASM and Front Axle Lift ( I have needed this as it's quite low at the front) in fact it's effectively a Turbo S spec without that car's 3.8 engine and cost a lot less. Compared to the previous 991.1 GTS it is just so much quicker to accelerate without having to work very hard and despite what some may say, IMHO it sounds just as good with or without the PSE switched on. I have driven it over 160 mph in Germany, touring in Switzerland and France and some spirited drives around Wales and Scotland, frankly it's a terrific all round car, can carry two of us with luggage for a 12 day holiday and it also takes a full set of golf clubs with a folding electric golf trolley. It delivers fantastic performance and a range of over 400 miles without really trying. I have driven it through the winter months up to the point of snow after which my Macan with Winter Tyres  takes over but the PTM (4WD) really does the job on wet greasy roads. 
 
You should go for an extended test drive by which I mean a few days and see what you think, I'm sure you can find an OPC that will do that.
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Re: Changing from 981S to 991.1 or 991.2 GTS 2018/08/08 16:40:26 (permalink)
Thank you Rob, and BigCat good stuff. My heart says 991.1, my head says 991.2. My wallet says   '£50k+ on top of Cayman S part exchange, you must be mad'. Can it be worth that much more than the CS?
 
Life is too short, so will be waiting for the right car to turn up. I also drove a manual 991.2, and loved it, but rare of course. I appreciate Rob's comments about the Carrera T, but I do want the extra grunt of the GTS. 
 
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Re: Changing from 981S to 991.1 or 991.2 GTS 2018/08/08 22:54:31 (permalink)
In all seriousness (and I concede the dangers here of saying do what I did) have a go in a T before dismissing one. They are genuinely engaging.
 
You have to choose what’s best for you, what you want and what overall gives you the best ownership experience.
 
I do have a friend who found the extraordinary performance of the 991.2 GTS PDK so accessible that, to him, it was too easy to go very fast.
 
The fun is in the hunt and finding what’s best for you! Good luck with the search.

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Re: Changing from 981S to 991.1 or 991.2 GTS 2018/08/09 12:25:16 (permalink)
I agree with Adrian (big Cat), having owned boxsters, caymans and 911 over the years. The best is the 991.2 GTS, Previous to this one I had the 991.1 4GTS which was a lovely car, on occasions could be too loud with the PSE on high revs. The GTS sound is loud but not deafening. I have found with the new GTS, sometimes on low revs, there could be a flat spot when throttle is applied for a few milliseconds before he power is applied.
 
To me, the Cayman S a good car to drive, but it is still not a 911.
 
 
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Re: Changing from 981S to 991.1 or 991.2 GTS 2018/08/10 12:42:27 (permalink)
I've had both 997 and 991.1, always manual and both 2 and 4WD, and driven a number of Caymans over the years. Whilst I always enjoyed the Caymans, they never quite engaged in the same way and it always felt great getting back into the Carrera. What surprised me recently was driving an 'entry level' 991.1 Carrera 2 manual. It was an utter joy to punt around quickly on real roads, even in the soaking wet. No extra driving aids or costly extras, but still a great car. Sometimes less can be more....and the only barrier is wrestling with your own mind!
 
Like others have said, take the time to drive a few and see what really grips you.

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Re: Changing from 981S to 991.1 or 991.2 GTS 2018/08/11 14:10:08 (permalink)
Thanks again to all that have replied. Much a appreciated. Just need to wait for the right car.
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