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Has anyone cross shopped these cars? One is basically a go cart that makes normal road driving about as fun as it can possibly get... the other is more practical, has more value in terms of bang for buck, better tech, better sound system, might even look better on the outside, def better interior... argghhh head says RS5, heart says CS

I just find with Porsche, esp with Cayman, you pay a lot for a little (it’s a go cart!) their profits are extreme on these cars compared to other brands profit margins... yet, no one touches them on fun factor...
 

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Audi vs Porsche: driving experience, build quality, and everything about Porsche is far superior. I have 2013 TTS that I’m selling. Great car, stg 2, quicker than my 718! AWD acceleration in the rain is outstanding.

But after driving the 718 for a few days then driving the TTS (again great German car), the Audi feels like an appliance.

If you don’t need back seats, buy the Porsche!
 

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I agree. The Cayman is probably the funnest car under $100k.
Until your Cayman is > of $100k. (Hey it happens...that configurator is pure evil!)

Throw in open-air motoring, and the Boxster is even funner.
I thought about that hard, but in reality, for a DD I wouldn't drop the top that much. But I hope I'm happy with my Cayman. :)
 

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I had a similar thought of trading my Audi S5 for an RS5, instead of buying a Cayman S and keeping my S5. I gave up the idea when I realized how little my S5 would fetch, even though its in perfect condition.

The RS5 is a better value, at least to me. And in some ways a superior car- just not on any sports car dimensions. It ends up being apples and oranges.

I am still stalking a Cayman S, but will likely buy used because buying new feels like I'm being fleeced.
 

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So I traded in my Macan GTS for a new Audi RS5... It looks sleek and it’s scary fast.. The twenty year olds appreciate it more than I do. Overall, the Audi feels cheap. All the tech, led lights, and gizmos in the world can’t compete with the pure driving experience and quality craftsmanship of a Porsche. Missing the quality, build, transmission, feel etc. Its on another level... Lesson learned.
 

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A friend of mine a big Audi fan was in a pickle of nice Audi or Cayman....here is what he did which I think was interesting:

- Bought base new Cayman - pretty base - but Bose I think
- Bought a new Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0 (There top of the line model)

Now he has practicality of the Jetta (like a Audi but much cheaper) and the fun of the Cayman. All for what he was going to pay for a loaded Cayman S or GTS.
 

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Has anyone cross shopped these cars? One is basically a go cart that makes normal road driving about as fun as it can possibly get... the other is more practical, has more value in terms of bang for buck, better tech, better sound system, might even look better on the outside, def better interior... argghhh head says RS5, heart says CS

I just find with Porsche, esp with Cayman, you pay a lot for a little (it’s a go cart!) their profits are extreme on these cars compared to other brands profit margins... yet, no one touches them on fun factor...
I drove the TTRS when I was looking to trade up my 981.

It's well planted on the road, but boring. Very fast, but uninspiring. You get the idea! The exterior looks worse in person. Interior feels a bit tacky imo. The 718 is perfect, if you don't need back seats.

A friend of mine bought a TTRS (huge audi fan), even he said its boring. He's had it for 6 months and looking to change but the penalties on his finance deal are hefty.

Not an RS5, I know, but you might end up with an anticlimactic ownership experience.
 

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I too test drove a new TTRS (I previously had TTs before) and although it sounded good, has lots of gizmos and felt fast it was sterile when compared to a base 718. In my opinion the new shape TTRS was too box like, rather ugly (like a souped up boys racer ).

The 718's stylish looks and classy interior felt much more special - as a bespoke sports car should be.
 

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I've actually had my RS5 for 2.5 years now and just placed an order for a 718 Cayman GTS - to be built in July and delivered late Aug - early Sep. The RS5 has been a great car, but after test driving a 718 GTS, it's not even close. Handling, interior, tech, looks - the GTS wins in all categories. This will likely be a controversial opinion, but even the engine / exhaust in the GTS sounds better to me. The RS5 also was surprisingly unwieldy - it's bigger than one would expect, and the turn radius on it is actually quite large - making parking in tight spots more difficult. So my opinion is to get the Cayman :)
 
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