The drive, the many hour drive lol, I had in my friends 981 GT4 made me realize how efficient the F4t is. He was rowing thru the gears like a madman to reach speeds I would have attained in two. He actually went into 6th gear on what I would consider a tertiary road. Heck I barely use 6th on the highway. Now I understand it's a GT car and all, but it was very loud in the cabin and I had to keep asking him to repeat himself and we weren't even wearing n95 masks lol Made me appreciate the F4T much more. It's fast and civilized.A lot of great info on this thread, especially the latest posts.
It occurred to me that nobody, be it here or any journalist for that matter, hasn't touched on a denominator that is often talked about when it comes to the 4 vs. 6 topic.
Hope I am not, nor is it my intention to stoke any flames so be kind!
Thinking back to when the B entry luxury sedan market was truly taking off with the likes of the A4, C class and 3 series bringing out more and more permutations. This was while I was still living in Canada and the 3 and C were mostly 6 cylinders while the bread and butter A4 stuck with a 1.8T and soon after the 2.0T. I had a string of Audi A4s and always with the 4 cyl. I'd test drive the competition each time a switch was to be made but always came back to Audi. Mostly due to brand loyalty.
However, I did always find that the C class felt more premium, complete and in general more substantial. I realised it came down to that lump of a V6 purred away quietly and didn't have to work so hard. I then took an S4 for a drive and confirmed my suspicions. Yes, the S4 was exceptionally faster than the A4 I ended up ordering but as mentioned above, the 6 cyl did provide a more upscale and premium experience.
Having thought through the above again, I called up a mate who has a 996 Carrera and asked we take his car to see my OPC about my next car. He's driven mine a few times, 2.5 GTS, and commented how much faster, nimble etc it is compared to his. He loves it as do I. However, sitting in his car, feeling the weight of that engine and all that comes with it did heighten the experience. By no means did it make it a better car but it did touch on the points mentioned above.
Would be interesting to hear from those who have had both a 4 cyl and now a 6 718 and whether or not any of the above is ringing true.
Flipping that on it's side, the day that my GTS 2.5 is going back to my OPC is drawing closer and while I am ecstatic to be getting a Spyder I am feeling the pangs of sellers remorse. I've only had this car for a short while but what a car. Going back to the sound, I personally love it. Throaty, long legs etc. Perhaps I'm reading more forum posts than I should but all the threads about long gearing, loss of pops/bangs etc has me looking at the GTS with more appreciation and dare I say admiration.
Apologies for the wavering reply.