... I love cars with nice steering and I have driven plenty of otherwise decent cars that are ruined by bad steering (my old racing Datsun 510 comes to mind).
The engine sounds cool to me. Not like my old 356 or the Formula Vee I owned. Or even a 914. Very powerful-sounding with a deep "basso profundo" . By comparison the six cylinder Porsches sound whiney to me.
Getting in isn't too awful for a person of my age and size (I'm approaching 70, 6' tall and about 215#)
I'm getting to really like the PDK. Wasn't too sure about it at first. I currently own 6 other manual-trans cars and I am sort of a heal & toe purist, so paddle shifting didn't attract me initially.
The left side speedometer is silly. Graduations are too coarse.
The cup holder is a joke.
Four stalks around the steering wheel seemed excessive but I'm getting the hang of it after 14 months and 7700 miles.
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An old 510 fan! Great little car with the Mulholland suspension but prone to rear-wheel steering.
Agreed about the sound. Love the "basso" which I woujd call baritone voice. Dislike the screamin'-banshee 6.
I've already hit 70 but I'm a bit smaller than you. Actually more than a bit. Most recent small cars were Triumph Spitfire and GT6, tiny but lightweight.
I used to heel-toe the Triumphs and the 510 and the other small cars I've owned. My only complaint with the PDK is when I put it in manual mode I forget I have to shift!
That small speedometer is one of the great silly features. 175 degrees to cover 0-175mph! Completely useless and I love it for that reason. If I raced or drove in the upper half of its range then I might appreciate its functionality.
Ah, the cupholders! Awesome little devices right up there with the speedometer for coolness. Actually they are quite functional for eating a picnic lunch with your sweetie while parked.
The PDK is awesome, but it has 6 stalks, not 4, if you count the paddles Took me a while to make them instinctive. They still aren't.
It's a great car to drive, isn't it?