MarkPDX and I wandered by the local P-car dealer today, they graciously let me drive the non-S 997. Looks great, like 993, dash/interior is very nicely detailed, has memory seats, door map cubbies are back. Dash very reminiscent of beloved 911/SC/Carrera, but updated, not retro. Drives great. I only used 5500 out of deference to <300mi car, but it goes, hard. Tons of torque, pulls easily in 3/4 in traffic. Shifter is great. Steering direct, but nicely dampened, lots of feel with the grip. Had Michelin PS2's, ride quality in sport mode was great, well controlled but tight. Go look, I hated 996, despite trying. S is likely even better, and GT3 will be OTT. One of these may follow me home soon.