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What are the reasons why you did not buy a Corvette? Comparing with a Cayman, its much faster and even turns better I think (based on Nürburgring times).
What made you choose a Cayman / Boxster?
 

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As a matter of principle I won't deal with GM. Their bankruptcy treatment of bondholders lost me as a customer. :(
 

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What are the reasons why you did not buy a Corvette? Comparing with a Cayman, its much faster and even turns better I think (based on Nürburgring times).
What made you choose a Cayman / Boxster?
Build quality, bloat, anime type styling pale in comparison to anything Porsche. I eagerly anticipated the C7 based on performance per dollar spent. When I sat in it at the Philly Auto Show a couple of years ago, I immediately thought 'not for me'. Cheap interior. Also kind of screams 'mid-life crisis' - certainly would be moderately embarrassed to park it at work.

That being said, I agree that they are great bang for buck performance-wise. Most of my Corvette respect goes to the Grand Sport, which seems to be a real drivers' car. The Z06 has more power than the chassis can handle at the track and appears to be just a handful. As always, YMMV. Similar thread at rennlist.
 

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I'm a sort of nut-and-bolts guy when it comes to cars (graduate mechanical engineer). Among other things, I like to fiddle around with engines. I saw the Cayman's limited engine access as a negative and the Corvette's front engine setup as a plus.

But I also own a number of other cars I can "play" with if needed and I was basically just looking for a "no drama" sports car for street use.

I already know the Corvette is a great car by the numbers.

When I went to the Chevy dealer, I stood next to the Corvette and said to my wife, "Is this me?".

And she said "No."

Later I stood next to a Cayman and she was highly enthusiastic.

She knows me better than anyone. Her enthusiasm sealed it for me.
 

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As a matter of principle I won't deal with GM. Their bankruptcy treatment of bondholders lost me as a customer. :(
That would have been reason enough for me as well. But GM screwed me over back in 1979 and in communication with them I wrote them a letter promising that I would never buy a GM product again, and I haven't.
 

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And yet, the interior is tighter and considerably less attractive. Seats less comfortable. Then there's the transmissions.
 

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And yet, the interior is tighter and considerably less attractive. Seats less comfortable. Then there's the transmissions.
Yep. In late 2016 I went to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green and sat in a Grand Sport with the T-top. I'm 6-4 with a fairly long torso. My head stuck out. On top of that, the ergonomics were terrible inside. For instance, I couldn't adjust the steering wheel high enough to both have a clear view of the gauges and to keep my right elbow from hitting the center console during a hard right turn.

The moment I sat in a 718, it was sold to me. It fits like a glove, and the ergos are nearly flawless.

After I took delivery, I sat in another C7 at a CarMax. It was no more than two years old. The dash materials were already starting to fade, the leather was cracking, button labels were wearing off. Just horrible quality.

The mid-engine C8, whether it's a 'vette or a Cadillac, is likely going to be the most important American performance car since (arguably) the Viper and (certainly) the C4 'vette. With the platform shift, it will need to be a transcendental car to both win over some purists (some will never accept it, just as some won't accept our 718s as true Porsches) and compete with other similar true sports cars, of which there are quite a few of these days, with more in the pipeline.
 

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I agree, quality is a major concern but it is much more than that for me. I think the esthetics or lack thereof with the Corvette is a big factor for me......dare I say it, the Corvette look is tired, boring, and pretty common; I see 10+ Corvettes for every Porsche.
 

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For the Corvette - the not-terribly-taught manual, with one gear more than necessary, and the conventional automatic. I would prefer either of the 718 transmissions to either of the Corvette's.
 

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I didn't. I have a 2000 C-5 Corvette with 10,200 miles that I bought new. A 2015 Stingray Callaway 627. A 200 Boxster S and the 718 Cayman. Every car is different & has something I like. Remember when you were dating several people? My car collection is like that. Each one has its own personality & I'm lucky to enjoy each one a couple times a month.
 

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I didn't. I have a 2000 C-5 Corvette with 10,200 miles that I bought new. A 2015 Stingray Callaway 627. A 200 Boxster S and the 718 Cayman. Every car is different & has something I like. Remember when you were dating several people? My car collection is like that. Each one has its own personality & I'm lucky to enjoy each one a couple times a month.
I stand corrected, interesting perspective.....I need to adopt a more global view.
 

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I got to drive the Stingray at a track event in Montecello and it’s quite the car. A bit too plasticy, it’s pretty big for a sports car in my eyes. I dint get the feeling of the car “shrinking” around me. Plus I wanted to get the best handling car, not the fastest (because in all reality, unless I’m on the track) I’m not going over 110 anywhere so got the best drop I could get with my funds and that I’ll keep. Boxster S for me, no regrets (well maybe if I had PASM).

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What transmissions are you referring to?
When I was considering a Corvette I started to follow an owner forum. Many owners with automatic transmissions reported repeated problems with their automatics and dealers and GM were unable to repair the faults despite several tries. At that point I dropped the car from my consideration
 

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I had two Corvette C6's, the last one a 2012 Grand Sport. I enjoyed it a great deal, so much that, when I took delivery of a 2017 911 Turbo S last year, I kept the Vette, enjoying the differences. However, by the end of last year's driving season, with 43,000+ miles on the Vette and 7,200 on the TTS, I realized Porsche had spoiled me. I pre-traded the Vette in last November as a downpayment on a 718 Boxster GTS, which arrived a little over 2 weeks ago. What a wonderful and amazing car! Different than the TTS, which has incredible power and refinement, but the BGTS is such a down-to-earth, solid, visceral sports car experience, with more quickness and agility than the Vette could ever muster. Of course, a loaded BGTS costs as much as or more than a new Corvette ZR-1, to be sure, but having a TTS, I didn't give a ZR-1 a second thought.
 
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I’m one of the few on this forum that has a C7 2015 Corvette and a 718 Boxster. And I’m sure that there are not many on here that sold their 67 Corvette to buy a 718 GTS. I like the 2015 and when I had to choose between the 2015 and the 1967, I decided to keep the 2015. I had the 67 for 18 years and it was time for someone else to enjoy her. I believe that there are pluses and minuses for both car models. Obviously the Porsche has excellent build quality but it also has $300.00 oil changes. The Corvette has great bang for the buck performance but does not have the quality of a Porsche.

The Corvette and the Boxster drive totally different from each other. The Boxster is light and precise while the Corvette has endless V8 torque and good handling. The Vette has more technology with HUD, cylinder deactivation and wet driving mode. The Porsche has a much better line of sight out of the windshield and is more driver based and focused.

Both are great cars that are fun to drive and enjoy. No matter what you drive, be safe.
 

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Nothing to add wrt the cars....

For me part of the appeal of my five P-cars has always been the marque itself, esp. its racing heritage and record 19 overall wins at Le Mans. GM/Chevrolet...well at least they've been trying; also some history, racing (IndyCar engine supplier) and cool factor there I guess, but not like this:
 

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