new 981 in 981 Cayman (2012-2016) Posted August 25 · Edited August 25 by Woodhouse Clarification · Report reply I've had my 981S PDK since April and have driven about 2k miles but I'm still not bonding with it. Yes, it's quicker than my 987S, the tech is better, it rides better on 20 inch wheels with PASM than my PASM 987 on 18s but the dead feel to the steering and the PDK really kill the analogue feel I love about my 987. I've tried the gearbox in manual, normal, Sport and Sport Plus but even in manual, it still doesn't give me the direct connection to the car that a proper manual does, whether shifting with the stick or flappy paddles. As a manual guy for 40 years, I took the plunge and went for an auto (C Class MB) when I changed the family barge last year and love it so its not that I have a complete aversion to autos. But the Cayman is a fun car only, not a daily, and I feel it is too compromised and synthetic. My 987 is sharper handling too despite the 981 having PTV but that may just be down to a more agressive custom geo on the 987. I'll give it a while longer as I spent 3 years looking for a high spec Cayman R before settling for the high spec 981 after finally accepting that the R spec I wanted doesn't exist. But if I still feel this way next spring, I'll sell it and stick with the 987.