Which Porsche as an alternative to V10 R8?

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  1. 10 Sep 2019 at 8:06 AM #1
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    I've decided to sell my S63 coupe to get something slightly smaller and something with a soft top, at the moment my heart is set on an R8 V10 Spyder (S Tronic) (2013/2014) but have also always had a little itch for a Porsche. My knowledge of porkers is very limited, there seems to be millions of models, options, must have bits here and there so hoping that someone on here can offer me a bit of guidance as to which model to go for / compare to the R8.

    As mentioned it must be a convertible and auto (PDK?), I want the shape from 2012 onwards (no idea what the model is called?) and my budget is approx 58k-60k. It's the 4th car in our household so very rarely driven so ones with slightly higher miles wouldn't put me off, however, like many on here I get bored very easily so need to find a balance of making it resellable (this is my main worry as there are thousands of porsches for sale). Of course I'd want the quickest / highest spec one in the price bracket.

    I am a fan of the Targa ones although slightly out of price range I think....

    Can anyone offer suggestions or would the R8 win hands down after test driving both?
     
  2. 10 Sep 2019 at 9:18 AM #2
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    Unless you desperately need/want 4 seats, id get a Boxster GTS, the cabrio 911's look woeful imho. That budget would get you a really nice one im sure.
     
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    Thats a very pretty car and arguably a better drive, but will it provide the drama of that V10?

    Depends what the OP wants from it and the other vehicles he has at his disposal I guess.
     
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    Could throw Merc SL63 AMG into pot if you wanted a V8 and hard top convertible. 60 in 4 seconds, and just shy of 600bhp would give drama certainly take choice of any for that budget and have change.

    Probably nothing like what your after but thought I'd throw out another option opposite end of what your after.
     
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    I agree re: the drama of the V10, but he specifically asked about Porsche's and i wouldnt personally buy a £60k 991 911 over a 981 Boxster. The noise will be pretty much the same!
     
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    If you want a convertible I’d look at the Boxster Spyder. Should hold its value well and it’s not just your ordinary Boxster.

    If not take a look at a 911 4S Convertible or something :)
     
  7. 10 Sep 2019 at 11:30 AM #7
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    Didnt think about the Boxsters to be fair (owned one donkeys years ago!), do they still carry the same 'hairdresser' stigma that they used to though?

    This is it, what I want from it is it to be an event to drive, something I can get excited about driving etc. My other cars are more 4 seater family cars (2010 E class merc, 2019 volvo T4 R and old an old 190e) so 2 seats and loads of impracticality is fine!

    I have an S63 at the moment (albeit coupe) so wouldn't really want to sell, lose money and buy in essence the same car - as awesome as it is!

    Will look at the Boxsters as well. So the 4S is the model to go for? Some of the other models I have seen such as 3.2, 3.4 Carrera etc are not worth looking at?
     
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    For your Budget the R8 V10 is the best buy, they are great value, you will need more for a Porsche that offers a similar package and driving experience.
     
  9. 10 Sep 2019 at 11:57 AM #9
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    4S is the top of the 'normal' 911 range albeit below the Turbo/GT cars etc..

    911 Carrera S are also very good, it just depends on driving experience as the 4S is 4WD in comparison to the normal S. Have a drive of both and see what you think but as the above have stated, Boxster Spyder is also a very good choice and very special. They don't carry the same 'hairdresser' stigma IMO as they once used too.

    You should take a trip to a Porsche dealer and drive all three cars, then you'll narrow your list down of Porsche's and then compare to the R8..

    Happy hunting!
     
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    If you are OK with manual only, then I'd recommend the 981 Boxster Spyder (2016). One of the best road going Porsches at any price point - epic car! Considering they were £60k new - you can't find a second hand one at that price today?! So they are very sought after although the 718 Boxster Spyder was released earlier this year so we will have to see if that has any affect on the 981.



    Alternatively, 981 Boxster GTS can be had for less than £50k now and you have the choice of PDK or manual and they are a superb sportscar and one of the best at any price point:

     
  11. 10 Sep 2019 at 12:17 PM #11
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    I wish I had that budget.

    Just been having a look and you can also get an F type and a Ferrari 360 for that price range
     
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    personally id ignore any porsche in that budget I dont think you will find them special enough - for me it would be the V10 R8 or an F type 5.0 AWD convertible.
    I say that as someone who has been looking at this price bracket for something similar to you for a while.

    Anything else will be unlikely give you the same sense of occasion
     
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    A 360 would be a good buy, will probably go up in value although fragile and expensive to run, and its not the prettiest Ferrari !!
     
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    This was my worry, I would need to look at the earlier shape 911's to get something a bit more special, and where I live they are fairly common(ish) - 3 turbo's within a few mins of where I am plus a whole host of others!

    Thanks :). Are Porsche pretty good at booking in test drives etc, I hate committing before even driving something and also hate wasting people's times. I find car salesman complete scum! (although never visited a Porsche dealership)

    Thank you but needs to be auto, i'm far too lazy for manual now i'm knocking on 40!!

    Yes I see that earlier, the 360 has never appealed to me (as Boba said not the prettiest of 'Raris', i would love a California but about 15k too short, that may be the next one once the house is built! The F types are nice but for the money I don't think they would feel as special as an R8 or Porsche.....
     
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    Each to their own, I'm sure you will get a cracking motor for that money no matter what. I'm surprised prettiest of raris and loving a California were in the same sentence ha ha
     
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    haha you're not the first to say that about Californias, something about them I love, not quite sure!!!!!
     
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    It’s still a Ferrari after all!
     
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    If it has to be a soft top go R8. 911 is my fav car but I’m not a cab fan. R8 V10 is one car where I would actually consider a open top.
     
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    How is the r8 as a daily?
     
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    How was the S63 ownership? I continously rewad that the Audi is preferred over the Porsche because of its more daily drive-ability, on the otherhand I believe the Porsche is on a lower tax bracket.
     

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