Willing, free-revving 2.0-litre engine; Brilliant manual shift action; Agility and stability through corners; Quality ride; Good pricing
Some major ergonomics issues in the cabin; Lots of hard plastics; Engine doesn't sound very sporty; No standard reverse-view camera on any variant
All the Porsche you need!; Manual, six-cylinder, fast and fun; Two boots make it practical; Giant spoiler makes it cool!
Get used to scraping that front lip; PCM interface is so dull; Come on, keyless entry and start shouldn't be optional on a $200k car; Loooooooooong, geeeeaaaaarrrrr, ratioooooooooos
Increased performance from the reworked M six-pot; Superbly responsive and engaging handling; Improved body control, added grip; Wonderfully sonorous exhaust note
Expensive carbon-fibre parts vulnerable to damage; Still weighs the same as the M2 Competition; Cup tyres are iffy in damp conditions; Question marks remain over ride quality; Rear seat lacks for space; High price tag
Blisteringly quick when you want it to be; Rear-biased AWD oozes confidence; Nine-speed auto a delight; So too the 3.0-litre turbo V6; Adaptive dampers at their peak when driven hard...
... but a touch brittle in their softest setting; Engine drones at city speeds; Infotainment now a generation behind
Wide arches and fat rear end have aged well; Comfortable and tractable enough to drive every day; Still plenty of punch from the NA flat six
Manuals are rare, and the Tiptronic isn't the greatest; Check for IMS bearing service history; It's maturing well, but the 996 still not to all tastes
The ease with which you can drive it day-to-day is impressive; Cabin execution and comfort are as good as the best; Ride quality on poor roads is incredible given the performance on offer
More luggage space would be handy for more than a weekend away; Angle of the screen means there is some glare when the roof is stowed; More exhaust noise please
Tremendous pull from the TT V8 - and an improved soundtrack thanks to echoey carbon fibre; Aero and chassis setup offer excellent lateral grip; Drive it home - like any other Mercedes; Exclusivity - 15 only coming to Aus, against 28 Black Series.
Exclusivity has its price - it's a whole A35 (with options) above a 'regular' GT R; Need to 'Riggs' your shoulder to access the center console; You really need to be a Pro to extract the true performance value out of the car
Uncompromising performance; Unrivalled street appeal; Best V8 engine in existence; Brilliant ride and dynamic capabilities; Very much a race car you can happily drive daily
Options, options, options; Interior feeling its age; Lift kit needs to remain on at higher speeds; Sounds insane, but it's no 458