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Hi all!

I have owned my little 2004 Honda S2000 for the last 9 years and I love it. But I am looking to upgrade and I am not sure to what! It has to be a convertible and it has to FEEL like an upgrade, if that makes sense. Boxster S feels like the direction I want to go. I am thinking 981, and it has to be a manual transmission. Again, I love the S2000 and I want to be sure that I love the next car that I buy. Unable to find exactly what I'm looking for nearby, I went to a local dealer here in Nashville who has a Base with a PDK. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I am trying to figure out why. Part of it, I'm sure, is simply that I know the S2K so well and I am used to it. It is a bit smaller, more raw, and, I guess you could say, less refined, but I like that. I can get used to something more refined, but I am kind of craving the extra power and I'm really wanting to know how that feels, so....

Is it out of line to ask if anyone near Nashville has an S they'd be willing to let me take a spin in?

Thanks.
-Bob
 

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I bought the Boxster S you're looking for two years ago! Individual sale from a guy in Estill Springs. I flew to Nashville and drove it back to Dallas.

I test drove both the base (Cayman and Boxster, manual and PDK) and the Boxster S w/PDK & Sport Chrono at a few dealerships here in Dallas before I bought mine. The base really felt sluggish and uninspiring to me. You had to really wind it out to get it to move. Sadly, it felt a little too much like the Mazda 6 I was driving at the time. The PDK didn't do much for me either in the base model.

The Boxster S feels like a completely different car. It has plenty of go under the pedal. One test drive in a Boxster S, and I fell in love with it immediately, then just had to find the right combination of options. I went into my search with sights on a manual, but after driving a BS PDK w/Sport Chrono package, and knowing it was going to be a DD and I wanted to track the car, that became the new target.

Two years later, I'm absolutely thrilled with the purchase. Good luck.
 
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Thanks for the reply. Glad to get your opinion on the S. I'm wanting to drive one even more now! I'm sticking with a manual, though. Too old and set in my ways! Thanks again.
 

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Having had both a 2001 AP1 S2000 and a 2007 AP2, you might initially find all 981s - manual and PDK - a bit underwhelming on just a quick test drive. Where one can drive the S2000 pretty much flat out all the time, screaming around and bouncing off the redline in multiple gears on every drive, a 981 has to be approached differently. While the Honda chassis is certainly lively and planted, the 981 has more of what I would describe as poise. To REALLY feel why a Porsche is worth the extra $$$, a 987 or 981 (and yes a 718) has to be driven above 6/10ths...which can't be done any where near as regularly on the street as an S2000, which is in its sweet spot pretty much always (assuming the tach is north of 5000 RPM) and at a much lower velocities. Try to get a 981 outside of the city on some twisties for an hour or so, and gradually work it up to some serious lateral g's, and use all its upper RPM power. Then take the Porsche back, hop in your S2000 and drive the same route. After that, I bet you buy the Porsche.
 
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Having had both a 2001 AP1 S2000 and a 2007 AP2, you might initially find all 981s - manual and PDK - a bit underwhelming on just a quick test drive. Where one can drive the S2000 pretty much flat out all the time, screaming around and bouncing off the redline in multiple gears on every drive, a 981 has to be approached differently. While the Honda chassis is certainly lively and planted, the 981 has more of what I would describe as poise. To REALLY feel why a Porsche is worth the extra $$$, a 987 or 981 (and yes a 718) has to be driven above 6/10ths...which can't be done any where near as regularly on the street as an S2000, which is in its sweet spot pretty much always (assuming the tach is north of 5000 RPM) and at a much lower velocities. Try to get a 981 outside of the city on some twisties for an hour or so, and gradually work it up to some serious lateral g's, and use all its upper RPM power. Then take the Porsche back, hop in your S2000 and drive the same route. After that, I bet you buy the Porsche.
Appreciate the input. I suspect you are right and I look forward to the chance to test your theory :).
 

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I had an AP1 for 15+ years. I bought it new in 2003. Owning that car, not many other affordable cars on the market really piqued my interest. The ONLY platform that seemed like a true upgrade, without going somewhat exotic, was the Boxter or Cayman. Personally, I've loved the lines of the Cayman ever since it came out, so I sacrificed the drop-top and picked up a 718 Cayman S (6 speed manual, of course) this past December. I won't lie, I sometimes miss the rawness and simplicity of the S2000. I felt completely in control and connected to that car. There was no stability or traction control, no sport mode, etc. But it was so smooth, and so well balanced, everything just worked really well. The Cayman is similar, but also very different. From the little bit that I've been able to push it on the street, handling is on-par. It's fantastic. Everything you'd expect a mid-engined sports car to be. Power delivery is obviously quite different, especially with the turbo 2.5L. Wow, once that turbo spools up, which doesn't take long, she's off to the races in a hurry. 80+ mph comes in a blink. And of course, all of the creature comforts are pretty sweet. Heated/ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, the LED headlights... the list certainly goes on.

All in all, I'm happy I made a change. It's fun learning and enjoying a new car. I look forward to some autocrosses and track days to really push her through her paces. In the end, will I keep this one for 15+ years? Probably not. I don't have the same type of connection to the car, at this point. But, who knows... maybe it will come. Either way, I don't have any regrets. I know that they're getting more rare and more expensive, but there are still some nice, clean S2000's out there should I ever get the urge again.
 
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