Thank you kind people for your wonderful words. I might be a sucker for red leather, but I love the interior. This car is a replacement for my 2015 Turbo Cab that I sold last fall when I needed cash to close a great deal on an Airstream trailer. I'll admit that red leather doesn't in any way match my personality, but I also always wanted a convertible in this classic silver/red leather interior. And so I'm happy that my new, fugly M4 will have something similar.
El Jefe, I bought my 996 new in the spring of 2003. We were in a bit of a recession at the time and Porsche had overproduced cars and they were just sitting on lots all over the place. I put in an offer at Niello Porsche online without even talking to a salesperson and never expected them to take it, but they did. I picked it up at the Oregon/California border to avoid sales tax. I added a sports exhaust to it later and kept it for maybe 3 years? I believe I traded it in on an Audi A8L.
Turns out I still have a few items from that car, such as the original wheels. I need to check out what kind of shape they're in because I've seen those wheels recently on eBay for between $499 to $699. I also bought a Recaro/Porsche GT3 seat that I was going to install because I thought I needed more headroom, but I ended up not needing it. I've been meaning to turn it into an office chair, but I just never got around to doing so. It's graphite grey. I think I can maybe sell it for $3-4k on eBay if I ever get around to it.
So I'm glad you guys mostly hate my car and think it looks hideous. My first choice was a GT4 RS or a Turbo S Cabriolet and I had a standing off at the local dealership to pick one up if they were to ever get an allocation. It just wasn't going to happen this year. I would've settled for a regular 911 cabriolet, but may salesman that I always work with told me he's only getting in one and that it's sold. Then that ferryboat sunk and my salesman quit. So I moved on. I checked with the Mercedes dealer and they said they weren't getting any AMG SL's this year. They're also marking every vehicle in stock up by $25k.
So what's a self-proclaimed car whore to do? I made the best deal I could for a car I can be happy with right now. And absolutely no one who has reviewed it thinks this car is making only 503HP. It'll smoke a C8 Corvette and other vehicles around that HP level. That intake is sucking lots of nice, cold air and the intercoolers/turbos are making good use of it.