I could not agree more with your sentiments about
A pheonomenal car and perhaps the bestg design on the road, but I could not get the most out of it on the road and the SMG might get a bit much. FWIW, the sales mgr of the local Porsche dealership has two customers trying to get a half-way decent price on their M6's in favor of the 997 TT. If one wants one now, they are probably a very good buy, or soon will be. My 650i Sport conv. is the most satisfying car that I have owned, including my recently acquired Audi RS4. The Head Up display is an essential option IMO. I have never driven a non-Active Steering 6, but find the AS just fine for my driving. So far the 650 has been bulletproof with my only complaint being the slowness of the iDrive processor and now the nav in relation to Audi's MMI nav system, which has a lot more detail and helpful progressive voice instruciton.