I am on the list for a new Spyder (since last fall). So why did I order an Evora GT this spring. An update from my post in Jan 2017.
I sold my '03 Boxster S in 2018. I owned an '84 Carrera before that (Awesome feel).
I want a car with a lot of character and feel. This was, but is not Porsche today. I was/am really disappointed with Porsche due to the IMS issue. I am willing to sacrifice luxury and performance to get such a car. Low weight is more important than high power. Other aspects I sought: roadster preferred (with roll bar, to qualify at the track), manual transmission, A/C, heat, radio, and a style I liked. I'd also like to be able to do most all maintenance and some repairs myself. I wanted enough comfort so that I could travel AND my wife would travel in it to. That way I get to drive it more.
The short list:
Lotus Elise (normal) - Very light on the controls, to the point of less feel. I drove slower. I'd want to tweak some of the looks. Easy to drive. Liked a lot, but just not quite sold on one. My wife did NOT like getting in/out.
Alfa 4C - good steering feel. felt more solid than expected, no stick, new car, unsure about reliability and durability. My wife really liked, but getting a stick was more important that having a roadster. Also wanted a bit more performance. Could be a fun purchase down the road, as I expect significant depreciation as they come off warranty.
Drove Evora 400 and 2016 Boxster Spyder (both twice). I was/am still on the list for a 2020 Spyder, but expect to drop off. All my test drives were very calm/conservative. I relied on what others wrote, who drove the cars aggressively. The Spyder became my 2nd choice and and 964/964 Carrera/Turbo a very close 3rd.
981 Spyder - loved the look, the sound, lots of extras in terms of electronic aides that are nice, but... Poor steering feel under 40mph. I really expected I would buy one, but hated the steering. It looked sports, but most of the sports feeling seemed refined out of the car. Newer was not better, I liked the feel of my 2003 more.
Evora 400. It felt more like my Boxster, and even more direct. I liked it, it is what Porsche was. Then they came out with the GT, which was more of what I like. The Evora GT is also much more unique and rare. The backseat is a bonus for my new grandpa status as well.
The kicker from various reviewers: People always glow about Porsche, how great they are, the numbers, the features the performance, but when reviewers (often the same ones) talk about the Evora (particularly the 410/430) they become more emotional, less clinical. They talk about how the Evora makes them feel.
I expect more of the same from Porsche and the upcoming Corvette.
I ordered an Evora GT.