Excellent summary and I'm in my late twenties too.:cheers:At the end of the day it's a decision only you can make. Like you, I'm "the young batchelor type" and opted for the M5 for its practical reasons and have had some great track days from it too. I have found I've needed to transport items that have required me to fold the back seats of the M5 down about 10 times already this year, didn't think I'd ever need to but I have.
Much as I love the 996 Porsche I couldn't bring myself to buy a model that has already been superseeded. My heart would skip a beat everytime I saw a new 997 Turbo pull up next to me, whereas the M5 is still fresh-faced, even the standard new shape 5-series isn't on the roads yet.
If you can live with the lack of rear doors and boot space, and would like a 2 door coupe why not look at the new M3 (wait until DCT gearbox though!) or an M6?
I love my M5, it's my only car, the daily driver, motorway cruiser and track car. Ideally I'd love to have sechsgang's setup with the M5 for daily use and 996 TT for track only....maybe one day!
Just my 2cents....
I'm going to echo what the others have said. I'm fortunate enough to own both as well and my 996TT is not set up as pure track car. Both cars are stock. If you like technology and practicality get the M5. It's hard to compare the two cars as they're very different. With that said. I find myself driving the M5 mostly and then thinking I better drive the 911 since I haven't started it in awhile. I will soon be parting with the 911 as I can't justify having these two cars when I can only drive one at a time. Additionally, I miss the ventilated seats, bluetooth, multifunction seats, HUD, etc when I drive the 911. My only complaint with the M5(very common) is that the gas tank is just too small. The fuel consumption sucks but I knew that going in and don't have a problem with that but boy I wish there were an extra 6-8 gallons in the tank.
Bottom line is until you experience both you won't be sure. But you cannot go wrong with the M5.
No problem, Kenny. 'Be happy to demonstrate "The Predator":blink: to you anytime. I'll bring her to our next meet; or feel free to come by my place and we'll take her up on my favorite, nearby road (heh, heh).I'm asking those questions myself, too. Don't need to drive, just a ride from you, Dan.:thumbsup: