I took a great deal of time before finally jumping from my previous Boxster 981S (PDK) into a Boxster 718S (PDK) & it was mainly the loss of the flat six engine that made me delay. There are still times that I miss that howl but the new car compensates in other ways (I especially miss it just down the road where there is an S bend cutting through solid rock. The echo/reverb was absolutely amazing). But things move on & as far as I am concerned the Cayman & Boxster are still quite simply the best cars that Porsche makes apart from the exotics & if you want new then the turbo fours are now the only game in town. I didn't buy my Boxster S because I couldn't afford a flat six 911 Cabriolet, I bought it because I vastly prefer the driving experience of the mid engined cars, as well as how they look. My own car is very high specification & the extras actually account for over a third of the price of the vehicle, so it's into 911 territory in terms of expenditure anyway. Boxster S, Lava Orange, 20 inch Carrera S wheels in platinum grey, PDK, PASM, Sports chrono, 18 way memory adaptive sports seats +, heated seats, full interior leather, Burmester surround system, Sat nav, LED headlights with PDLS, Porsche entry & drive, park assist front & rear, electrically folding mirrors, embossed head rests, roll over bar painted in exterior colour, power steering +, sports exhaust, adaptive cruise control, auto dimming mirrors with rain sensor, multifunction heated GT sport steering wheel, climate control, interior trims painted etc. I did consider a 981 Spyder which had only 180 miles on the clock & which despite the speculative price hike wouldn't have cost a great deal more than my car. The engine on that was fabulous, but nowadays I simply prefer PDK & there is no way I could put up with that roof (Believe me, in Wales where I live, you really need the practicality of a full auto roof). I also prefer the updated looks of the 718 over the 981. If Porsche ever brought out a new Spyder or indeed any version of the 718 with a flat six, PDK option & full auto roof then I'd be straight on to the dealer to try & get my name down, but that car doesn't exist. This one however does exist & because of my initial reservations over the turbo four (and also whilst waiting to try a 718 with a sports exhaust) I went & tried some of the supposed competition before I bought it (Jaguar F type & BMW M4). But for me they didn't actually compete, not at all (no offence intended to anyone who might own one in addition to their Porsche), but I just felt completely unmoved & I'd rather have kept my old 981 than swop to either of them. The BMW felt a bit like my daily driver (2 Series Coupe) & just not special enough. I also couldn't actually get to try a cabriolet which is what I wanted, but seeing as I wasn't particularly impressed with the tin top there was little point in any case. The Jaguar F type convertible felt rather ungainly by comparison to a 718 & to me more of a cruiser than a true sports car. Nice car, don't get me wrong, but I just couldn't shake the feeling that I'd somehow end up sticking it in a hedgerow if I even attempted to keep with a Porsche. No, for me it's still only a choice between the Cayman or Boxster & you can keep pretty much everything else with a less than stratospheric price. Like I said previously, I think my S with sports exhaust sounds ok & some of my friends actually prefer it to the six. I don't if I'm honest, not by a long way, but it doesn't sound awful like some journalists would have you believe either. I know it's slightly faint praise but I'm trying to be honest here & remember I've been spoilt by having owned flat sixes for the last 8 to 9 years (a sound which I loved). I certainly wouldn't let the new sound put you off, it didn't stop me buying one & I certainly don't regret having done so despite my comments. The 718 is still a better car overall than the 981 it replaced (in some areas considerably so) & being as that car itself was already far better than the competition then it's highly unlikely you'll regret the decision should you decide to purchase one.