This Saturday, I’m going car shopping. You may already know this because I posted up previously that I was going to look at a Cayman, with the intent of buying it if the price was right. The price was certainly right, but for someone else who got there first! Congrats, Cayman thief!
I ended up test driving what I thought would be the perfect Cayman S for me a few weeks ago, only to drive three hours to find that it was sandblasted worse than a Sand Crawler on Tatooine. Knowing that would bother me even if I could get a better price, I decided to pass.
In addition to my Cayman search, I’ve added the C6 Corvette, specifically the LS3 cars (2008-2013), thanks to reading fellow Opponaut’s posts like this one and this one. I’ve found that I can get a LS3 Corvette very reasonably, so that’s going to be the least expensive option, which is still awesome.
Of course, a C6 lacks a little bit of the dynamism of a Porsche. While I’ve basically wanted nothing less than a Cayman S, for about $4000 more than the base LS3 C6, I can score a base 2009 Cayman with a few options and Porsche CPO. That’s the vintage with the updated motor without any IMS worries (since it doesn’t have one!)
Now, the coolest option may be another C6, this time in Grand Sport guise. Some say it may be a neutered Z06, but it could also be a more livable option, unless it’s in Velocity Yellow like this one. Found one for a terrific price, but about $7000 more than the base C6, though five years newer and with 1/3 the mileage.
Which would you choose?
The cheapskate in me says base C6. The snob in me says Porsche. The deal-hawk in me says C6 GS. Ultimately it’ll come down to which car speaks to me the most and who gives me the best deal I think. Worst case, I’ll just keep my BRZ.