Again, I have the base 2.7 engine, but when I'm in first gear and I let the revs climb at a measured pace, it's right around the 3000-3500 RPM mark where I am able to hear an obvious change in tone with PSE on vs. PSE off. I'm not saying it's "wailing", it's just at a point where the engine is beginning to make some music.Frankly, the flat 6 doesn't wail until well into 6,000 rpm range - IMO. It doesn't matter if it is 2.7 or higher, at those rpm you are in jail unless you are in 2nd gear. Don't ask how I know, almost got nailed doing 90 in 60, in the corner, because I just couldn't lift, upshift and slow down - had to hear the music from about 6,000 all the way to 7,600. It is a dangerous thing. I wanted to name it Lorelei for that very reason and get a license plate with that name, but that got nixed by then-Boss.
If pleasure and driving mostly speed limits are all you are after, you will hardly beat 981 with anything on the wrong side of $200,000 - IMO. Doesn't matter if that 981 is 2.7 or 3.4 for that kind of use. PSE is also a must for me, but I do understand that others are put off with it. I guarantee you that only ONE pass under an overpass in 1st gear and release throttle at 5,000 rpm will get you frantically pulling checkbook and begging them to take your money This with both PSE and SPORT button ON. Don't forget you have 3 more modes when you do have PSE and they all sound different enough that you can tell the difference immediately.
Good luck with your hunt!
This brings me to one other small plus I see in a PSE car, and that is that the owner doesn't have to have the car in the extreme upper rev range to feel like they're having laugh-out-loud fun. I don't mean to turn this into a "low end torque" debate like is so common with 718 and 981 owners. All I'm saying is that, on balance, with a PSE equipped car you have no need to "wind it out" or "WOT" the car in order to raise the hair on the back of your neck. Perhaps I should be embarrassed to say this on a forum like this but I've only floored my car once to cause it to hit the red line- I always shift before 6,000 RPM at the most, since toque there is plenty enough for public roads and the sounds the car is making are crazy awesome enough. So I feel like a PSE car may get driven differently, overall.