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    My 981S Weekend test-drive - PJ dont look !!! :)

    Hello rennteam, 

    Today we got the keys of a 981S for the weekend. What can I say ?, Its a mini Carrera GT Smiley

    Drove it today for 150 kms, and its just epic the improvement towards the 987S (We had a 987.1S many years ago).

    Love the new CGT look, even with top up it looks very sporty. 

    This 981S comes full of options except PSE (too too bad its not equipped with PSE......Its my main and ONLY negative point !!! SmileySmileySmiley X 100). 

    As you may know we got delivery of our 991 Carrera PDK some months ago so its a nice comparison to say the least.

    I would start with my brief conclusion of day 1 : Its not in the level of the 991. BUT !!! It drives like a GO-KART it literally EATS CURVES !! Smiley, but somehow its not in the level of the 991 (and ours is a non S) and it may drive even better than the 991, but I have the feeling something is missing vs the 991.

    EXTERIOR: I love it, exterior and interior. From any angle it looks great, no matter if the top is up or down. The interior feels EXACTLY THE SAME as in a 991 Smiley. The sport steering wheel is a must !. Using the roof while driving at low speeds its GREAT too. I love the design of the rear lights with that wing design. The doors are simply a piece of art, the side vents and the depth design they have done, makes it very special when getting in.

    I was afraid of the front Toyota MR2 look, and for me its a stupid opinion it looks GREAT.

    ENGINE: Performance can be in the level of a 991 ( I think our 991 is faster but still the break in has not been finished ). I loved driving with the top down, manual PDK paddles and shifting down, its just THE EXPERIENCE. Smiley

    My only HUGE NEGATIVE POINT is the lack of MORE exhaust sound, more pop up sound form the exhaust. There is no comparison vs our 991 PDK with PSE, there i`snt !!! 991 sounds like a BEAST with PDK.

    So far this are some brief opinions from my first day, tomorrow going with the 991 out and switching to the 981S.

    Those who are ordering a 981, its VITAL to order sport chrono BUT MOST IMPORTANT PSE. Then the 981 is at the level of a 991 or nearly. 

    Had some tunnel runs with sport plus, manual PDK and top down, and sound is intoxicating when going full throttle through 2nd and 3rd gear. Very nice sound, but not in the level of the 991. People wave hands, gives you lights and thumbs, its a joy on the road.

    I am running of time now, but wanted to share some brief opinions. Its an amazing beast, it probably is more balanced than the 991, when getting a good position in the seat and driving manual with the PDK paddles you feel you are a part of the whole car. I do have to say this 981 is probably one of the smartest choices right now in the market. 

     

    Porsche Jeck did an amazing buy !!!! SmileySmiley

    Some quick pics for now.


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    At the garage. This is a Go Pro Hero 2 photo.blushGOPR1074.JPG


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    I love the design as much as the 991 !!! kissGOPR1081.JPG


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    Thanks!  kiss How does it feel from the inside?  Does it feel similar to the 991 since they share the same center console?


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    so cool! thanks bro! i really enjoy reading your honest reviews.


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    Great write up! And again - a very positive voice for this car. It seems the jump from the 987 to the 981 is much bigger than from 997 to 991.

    Ive seen a couple on the street and have to say, the design rocks. It doesnt show on the pictures!

    Thanks Alex

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    Alex18_996CC:
    ....., but I have the feeling something is missing vs the 991.

    Alex thank you for your review Smiley

    I agree 100% with your statement above. The Boxster has always had fantastic handling and the 981 even more so, but there is a unique 911 feeling that no car can capture, no matter how good or even better in some areas this might be.

    You are quite young I gather, so if it was your car, with everything considered, would you go for the 981S or the basic 991?


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    Guys, just camed home driving this saturday morning, I am in love with this beast. its such a big step forward from the 987 AND 997 its surprising !

    Design is EXCELLENT !!! Top up or down is like a Carrera GT. Looking her from the side the design is very very sporty, its beautiful.

    So far VITAL options I see, PDK, sport chrono plus, sport steering wheel, and MOST IMPORTANT: PSE

     

    @ziggy: from the inside it just feels exactly the same as in the 991, exactly the same feeling. Seats, center console, doors...except when you look back thoughindecision.

    @reginos: that statement is true, the 991 has something special, i would say the 981S goes better in curves more balanced, more fun car, but the 991 has something the 981S does not have. Soul ? I dont know. 991 with PSE is just intoxicating, seriously. Changing through gears in sport mode with pse on and pdk manual, it makes a deep sound when changing gears, its justdifficult to explainindecision

    I am right now 26 years old, finished my studies two years ago, and again two years so far in my actual job lots of responsibility, lots of business trips but I am dreaming in two years time to get a used 911 or boxster... So far nothing special, but, have to say if I had to use my savings I would probably get a 981 not S version with pdk, sport chrono and pse or even some after market exhaust. It has to be madness. Interior point of view is the same as a 991. 

    Tis afternoon we are going to some mountain roads with the 981S and 991, expect GREAT pics :)


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    Porsche Jeck did an amazing buy !!!! SmileySmiley

    Thanks, Alex - the wait is  killing me already Smiley  I fully agree with your observations, especially on the PSE. This is a must have option for everyone who loves a sporty sound. With the non DFI engine it was a nice to have option, but not really neccessary, with the new engine something is missing without the PSE.

    Great report and nice pics - the demo car even has the right colour Smiley Can't wait for the pics from the mountain roads - and yes, the 981 has a huge appetite for corners....yummie Smiley I will be on some spanish mountain roads on Tuesday...unfortunately not with a Porsche though Smiley


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    Alex, the one hesitation I have with the 981 is the huge blind spot in the 3/4 view backwards.  In the picture, your wife (girlfriend?) appears to sit quite low in the vehicle and the roll bars sit quite a bit higher in this car than the previous generation.  Also with the top up, the top appears to have a larger blind spot than the previous generation.  Can you comment?  I am only 5-6 and blind spots are one of my main concerns.  This is VERY important for changing lanes when driving.


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    Thanks mate,

    for your interesting summary. The one part that is "missing" for you, would that be solved by adding PSE or is there something else? So far, Boxster and Cayman have always been held back a bit compared to the 911 so I´d be curious if the 981 received an even more complete character. It´s one of the few cars I am really tempted by right now, guess it is all the car you would need.

    kiss


     
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