Many people compare 997S to cars that has much more horsepower, V8 or supercharged. But they never look at the quality of materials its maid from, or durability or design. Try to test a car that's a year old and/or has more than 30000 mils. Then you can really tell the quality of the car. The Porsche is little bit noisy, you will hear the road and little air leak, but it will stay like this for many years and even after the 100000 miles. If you compare it with other cars, like Corvette for example, you will start hearing new sounds and noises every week, until it falls apart before it reaches 50000miles.
I think Porsche shouldn't be compared with many sleek fake sport cars tested in magazines right now, which fakes numbers and figures!
or maybe that's the way they sell their products