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Old 09-26-2021, 07:18 AM   #1
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Cayman GTS 4.0

Marisa and I were eating sushi last night and catching up on Youtube when a "first drive" of the GTS 4.0 came up in my feed. Her: "Ooh. What's that?" So I clicked on it and halfway through the review (which was kinda boring) she had the configurator pulled up on Porsche USA.

I mentioned that this might (but also might not) be the end of the line for the gas-powered Cayman and Boxster and it might (but also might not) be a car that holds its value well.

I've never bought a new car. And the most expensive vehicle I've ever purchased (the Ram) with taxes and fees included was still well less than half just the MSRP of the GTS 4.0. But it's fun to play with configurators. And it did get me thinking.

Anyway, this is her spec. I might argue on one of the metallic blues vs. yellow, but she really likes yellow.

http://www.porsche-code.com/PNHPCMU7

Only options are:

PZ: Racing Yellow - $0
FZ: Interior in agate gray - $2,160 (this is basically full leather, like our two Boxsters were)
346: Wheels painted in silver - $0
425: Rear wiper - $370

$91,280 before taxes and stuff . Is it bad that I'm seriously considering?
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Old 09-26-2021, 07:49 AM   #2
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Marisa and I were eating sushi last night and catching up on Youtube when a "first drive" of the GTS 4.0 came up in my feed. Her: "Ooh. What's that?" So I clicked on it and halfway through the review (which was kinda boring) she had the configurator pulled up on Porsche USA.

I mentioned that this might (but also might not) be the end of the line for the gas-powered Cayman and Boxster and it might (but also might not) be a car that holds its value well.

I've never bought a new car. And the most expensive vehicle I've ever purchased (the Ram) with taxes and fees included was still well less than half just the MSRP of the GTS 4.0. But it's fun to play with configurators. And it did get me thinking.

Anyway, this is her spec. I might argue on one of the metallic blues vs. yellow, but she really likes yellow.

http://www.porsche-code.com/PNHPCMU7

Only options are:

PZ: Racing Yellow - $0
FZ: Interior in agate gray - $2,160 (this is basically full leather, like our two Boxsters were)
346: Wheels painted in silver - $0
425: Rear wiper - $370

$91,280 before taxes and stuff . Is it bad that I'm seriously considering?
I absolutely think you should go for it. You love cars, and your only new car in recent memory was actually a truck. And this isn’t just any car, it is the car. Buy it and keep it forever, Or sell it when you’re finally ready to retire to that ski resort.
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Old 09-26-2021, 08:00 AM   #3
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I mean really my only question is why Cayman over Boxster?

And thanks for pointing out that you can get the wheels painted silver for no cost—I missed that!
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:09 AM   #4
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Anyway, this is her spec. I might argue on one of the metallic blues vs. yellow, but she really likes yellow.

http://www.porsche-code.com/PNHPCMU7

Only options are:

PZ: Racing Yellow - $0
FZ: Interior in agate gray - $2,160 (this is basically full leather, like our two Boxsters were)
346: Wheels painted in silver - $0
425: Rear wiper - $370

$91,280 before taxes and stuff . Is it bad that I'm seriously considering?
For some reason I thought the price was going to be over $100k for that model, at $91k it is not bad but you do know it is going to be a long wait until you can order one so there really isn’t much to think about now, I would put your name on the waiting list and when the time comes then decide if you definitely want to go through with it.

Also keep in mind cars only cost the depreciation plus the dollars you could make on that money invested and conservatively invested money isn’t making anything that wonderful nowadays … yes you still have some maintenance and insurance but you’re going to pay for that on a new $91k car just as you would a $50k used car.

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I mean really my only question is why Cayman over Boxster?

And thanks for pointing out that you can get the wheels painted silver for no cost—I missed that!
The Cayman visibility is much better then the Boxster which is a big plus but then again i’m not a convertible guy.
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Old 09-26-2021, 10:41 AM   #5
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Personally, I'd always take the 911 in coupe form and would rather have a Boxster over a Cayman unless I track it a lot.

Here's mine: https://www.porsche.com/microsite/po...px?c=/PN1G9XI4

Still not sure on color. But it would probably be yellow, white, or red.

I still like the front end of the Spyder A LOT more, but the PITA roof is a killer.
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Old 09-26-2021, 10:41 AM   #6
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I mean really my only question is why Cayman over Boxster?

And thanks for pointing out that you can get the wheels painted silver for no cost—I missed that!
Because as I said in the other thread I have come to realize I just don't like convertibles that much. Edit: if we lived in Colorado I'd consider a convertible. I just really dislike driving around in a convertible with the top up.. visibility, wind noise, etc ruin the experience. And around here, there are like four days a year that I'd drive with the top down.

Yeah I was really happy to see the no-cost wheel paint options.

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Old 09-26-2021, 10:42 AM   #7
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Stock configuration for a Porsche is nice, I basically need no options on it.
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Old 09-26-2021, 12:34 PM   #8
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So, um, does anyone have a relationship with a Porsche dealer that I should explore? I'm not super keen on dealing with Porsche of Silver Spring.
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Old 09-26-2021, 02:08 PM   #9
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Clyde put me in touch with Sam at Porsche Bethesda. I don’t have a relationship with him, but the guy I spoke with at the new Penske store in Chantilly seemed like a straight enough shooter.

Porsche Arlington’s sales department doesn’t fill me with confidence, despite being like a mile from my house.

Note that MD caps doc fees at $500, whereas Va doesn’t appear to have a maximum, so I’d ask what those fees are. Both Bethesda and Chantilly were willing to commit to MSRP deals, plus fees.
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Old 09-26-2021, 04:27 PM   #10
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I think the GT4 is greater than 100k.

But the GTS is obviously more useable on the street
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