Originally Posted by Dino944
As a fellow sports car fan, and Porsche owner who has driven air cooled and water cooled Porsches over the years, your comparison is interesting, but their are more differences than similarities when comparing cars to watches. While Boxsters & Caymans are less expensive than 911s, they can easily be optioned out so they cost more than a base 911.
In addition, I've seen on Porsche forums a slow but steady migration from 996s & 997s , 997S's , 997C4s's and early 997GT3s to 981 Boxsters & Caymans. It's no longer just price, it's because they are that good. The 991 & 997s are nice but have gotten larger, heavier and moved closer to a GT car unless one goes with a 997 GT3 RS 4.0. Short of that, get a 997 or 991 on the road and they are really nice, but the latest generation 981, is more nimble, lighter, closer in size to earlier 911s, and overall more fun to drive.
Sports cars involve issues like cornering, acceleration, grip, and fun to drive factors that can go beyond which design came first. In addition, the current 911 is so drastically different from the originals that one could say its a derivative or caricature of itself. The "911" has 50 years of history & its shape is iconic ... but if someone really has their heart set on a 911, I'd suggest they get a quirky, air cooled car, and experience what really built the 911's reputation....that is something no modern Porsche can give a car owner, and because of emissions/environmental regulations we will never see cars like that again in the future.
Sorry gents, now back to our regularly scheduled program.
As mentioned, I like some GOs, and they make a great product, but the Pano isn't for me.