Yep no mistaking that but it's not really a car for me. I considered buying a 981 series Spyder even though I prefer to run with PDK. Most of my previous cars (and there have been a great many) have been stick shift & it was hardly a deal breaker. I could quite happily live with a manual Porsche again if that was the only option. What was a deal breaker & looks like it will be again is that horrible semi manual roof. It's not because I'm lazy either, it's just not practical where I live & for how I use my car. I've already stated before that on every opportunity either hot or cold I have the roof down. I've lost count of the number of times I've hit a rain shower & needed to close the roof to avoid a soaking. Well on a regular Boxster that's no real problem you just slow down & close the roof whilst moving. However having to find somewhere to actually pull over & get out of the car to close the roof, as with the Spyder is an entirely different proposition. If I had to consider not putting the roof down because there was a possibility of showers & it might not be easy to pull over on some stretches of a planned journey then that would completely alter how I used my car. You don't have to put the roof up in a Boxster immediately in the event of a shower, the aerodynamics will stop you getting wet unless it's quite heavy rain (providing you don't need to slow down too much), but you do need to get the roof up if it's persistent or heavy & that rules out a Spyder for me. Actually that last bit about not getting wet if you keep your speed up always presents somewhat of a dilemma. You're aware that it's raining but you aren't actually getting wet. You're also aware that if it gets much heavier then you probably will do. Obviously you therefore need to put the roof up, but at the same time you know that when you slow down sufficiently to do so you'll get a little wet as you disrupt the airflow.
I fully take your point & whilst I still would much prefer a PDK, I do also like Porsche manual gear boxes. Porsche certainly don't help the overall appeal of the car by not giving the option & also hamper the cars performance. However they do still sell them all with ease so it's clearly not too much of an issue for many. I do think it's a little unfair in some ways though, as given an actual choice there's no question I'd take PDK every single time. The other thing I dislike about the Spyder though is that it looks a little like someone has pitched a tent on your roof.For me the missing PDK is more a problem than the roof. But both together make me pass on the 718 Spyder again. Same 2,5 years ago with the 981 Spyder.
I more into the GT4 RS right now, because I assume that also the GT4 will come only with manual.
Now you're talking, we don't always agree on everything but that's spot on in line with my ideal Boxster as well. I want PDK, I don't want to lose the convenience of the full auto roof & the standard car still looks far better to my eyes.The roof is a pain, the looks and the handling and the noises when driving closed.
Second I dont like this humps on the back.
I want the normal Boxster with engine, suspension, brakes of the Spyder.