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post #1 of 17 Old 29th May 2019, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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So I test drove a Porsche Cayman GT4

Would you believe me if I said I think I liked the M5 better?


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I definitely believe you, but it all depends on your driving mission. The M5 is not a canyon carver but awesome for daily duties and eating up the highway.

But Cayman handling is pretty damn amazing. I still think having both is the ultimate combination.

If someone asked me to pick just 1, I'd answer with a "pass, next question."


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post #3 of 17 Old 29th May 2019, 04:28 AM
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Caymans are a lot of fun. My challenge is working on a cayman without a 2 or 4 post lift. I have a rotary brand mid rise lift which is perfect for all of my BMWs but not mid or rear engine Porsches...

The M5 stands on its own and the Cayman is a very different car. I like the idea of owning both!
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I believe you.

I have had the privileged of driving a 911R on the street, it was incredible, I wanted my keys back. I have ridden in a GT4 on the track, pretty tame honestly.

Driving/riding in GT3RS on the track however was the greatest automotive experience of my life. It would be brutal as a means of transportation however.

For the real world, extra legal speeds with discretion, carrying people/stuff, M5 holds the crown.

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I drove a Boxster Spyder which is basically the tracked-up version of a Boxster, an open top version of that GT4 I think. Anyway when I got back into my E39 it felt like I was driving a Caprice. Everything in the M5 felt soft and noodly in comparison. Not better or worse but TOTALLY different, it was really a weird feeling. The Porsche is an instrument of precision in comparison, but again totally different car for a different purpose.

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I respect everyoneís comments. And you are all correct. The Porsche is a sports car, the M5 is a sporty sedan. I just came to the conclusion after thinking I really needed a GT4 or GT3 in my life. But after driving one, while impressive, I felt like for my purpose, having a car that can seat four, makes incredible sounds, has tons of power, and handles really well, the M5 fills the void - for me. Maybe the line is more blurry since I have an S2, I donít know. I havenít driven a stock M5 so I have no point of reference. And for $100k, or $160k for a GT3 with a backseat I remain unconvinced.


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I was, to a degree, cross shopping first gen Cayman's when looking for my M5. The certainly fill different needs, but were about the same price and I could make a coupe work in my life. I'm glad I got an M5, but the itch for a sporty coupe is still there. Having both would be the ideal combination for me though.
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Im scared to drive a porsche... i may like it too much

The m5 for me is perfect, lucky to own e60 and f10 both are tuned and amazing to drive

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I had some seat time in a GT4 and it's such an impressive car for what it's tasked to do. It has all the right feels and tinglies. The noises are all so good. The suspension is incredibly stiff, yet has a certain suppleness to it. I think it's just incredible.

That said, b/c you can't do much with it on the street without endangering people around you or being at illegal speeds, the M5 does the daily, sport + luxury thing, so so well.
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I've owned a 981 Boxster Spyder (convertible GT4 equivalent), a 991.1 GT3 and currently own a 991.2 GT3. These cars are amazing and and are "real" sports cars. I would not get rid of my GT3 for anything other than a newer GT3. That being said I love the duality of my new to me, 2002 M5. It is a true all purpose vehicle and is super enjoyable to drive as a daily vehicle. It's practical, handles well, and has a great transmission and engine. It's a perfect car if you could only have one vehicle. Porsche GT cars lack the practicality but man do they make up for it on the performance side. The dynamics and feel are truly mind blowing.
I'm lucky to have both!
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