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post #1 of 29 Old 04-14-2019, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Cayman 718 deposit paid - build inside

I just placed my deposit for a base Cayman 718! Woo-hoo! Doing European Delivery in Zuffenhausen this September. Should be a 2020 model.

I test drove a Cayman S and Boxster S.

My buddy had a 986 Boxster S and 987 Cayman S that I have driven before. Since 718 base is basically equivalent to Cayman S 987 horsepower and torque, I am comfortable with 718 base. Also, my buddyís Porsches were both manual, so I am comfortable 718 manual would be effectively identical.

Here is the build:

Plain White, 6MT, PASM, Sport Chrono

Black/Luxor Beige in full leather

Bi-Xenon PDLS
Auto wipers & dimming mirrors
Auto, 2-zone climate
Light Design
Power folding mirrors
Lane change assist
Sport Seats Plus (2-way) with heating and ventilation
GT Sport steering wheel w/ multifunction and heating
Extended range fuel tank

Smoking package
Porsche crest on headrests
Carbon fiber trim
Side window trim in high gloss aluminum
Sport tailpipes in silver
Model designation delete
18Ē default Cayman wheels

Bose surround sound system
Apple CarPlay


Omissions:

PTV: Sales guy suggested I drop it since I donít plan to track this car. Maybe a little autocrossing but itís mostly for fun weekend drives.

Rear wiper: I donít want it since with any use it eventually forms a wiper line and I donít want that visible line.

LED lights: I donít like the wide 4-point appearance, and Bi-Xenons are plenty bright as I am used to halogens on my GTI.

Smartphone compartment: Sales guys says itís merely a signal booster. Per website it also deletes an aux port in glove box, which I like to retain for whatever reason.

Power seats: manual adjustment was fine in my buddyís cars. Itís fine in my GTI. Although GTI has lumbar adjustment, which Porsche manual seats do not have, AFAIK. Wondering if lacking lumbar adjustment would bug me.

Boxster: I considered this, but in Texas, I just donít need the sun beating down on me. I also found the Boxster visibility, top-down to still be worse than Cayman. I rarely use the sunroof on my GTI. No downside to omitting that with my GTI, whereas here going Boxster vs Cayman is far more different. I also plan to Suntek wrap the entire car so I can go through car washes. Cleaning a canvas top would be more irksome.

Porsche Entry and Drive: Pressing a button to unlock is not exactly difficult.

Power Steering Plus: seems unnecessary and I like tight steering feel.

Dashboard trim in leather: $1600 seems a bit rich for just a bit more dash leather thatís further away from me.

Navigation: No need to spend $2300 when I have Waze or Apple Maps.


Happy to hear all comments and opinions on the build! My allocation will freeze in ~ 2 months so I am constantly reviewing option selections on a daily basis.
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Looks great! It's a personal choice and only you can decide what's right for you. You have more options than I decided to get, but I'm sure they will be exactly what you want and need. 2 months is a long time and you will reconfigure multiple (hundreds) of times. Stick with your gut and don't let anyone tell you what you want. However, over that time you may find some things you thought you needed not necessary and others that you left out necessary. Its all part of the experience. Enjoy and have fun!
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I agree with you on visibility and the Boxster. I was a bit uncomfortable with it. I still have my 987S Boxster and have no issues with that car. On the other hand, my 718C visibility is great and I skipped the LCA.

In addition, you are right about the sun beating down on you in the convertible. I don't really have an issue but my wife is frequently less thrilled about the convertible with the top down during peak summer weather...even with the AC on.

Enjoy your car.

( BTW. I also did European Delivery ( but picked up in Leipzig and dropped off in Stuttgart). My wife is already planning to do it again she had such a good time.)
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Good for you. There are so many options with these cars itís dizzying! Get what you want. For example my 2019 718 S has Apple Car Play but most of time the Bluetooth connection is just fine.... unless you want GPS. I almost didnít bother setting up the Apple Car Play. Iíd never get Porsche Nav. Waste of money.

I too have Sport Chrono with the manual. Love it! That throttle blip alone is sweet!

I walked into my local dealer totally prepared to succumb to a custom build even though I wanted a car this spring! They gave me a sweet deal on the S that had what I wanted so I picked it up the next day!

Good luck waiting. Itís gotta be tough!
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Good for you. There are so many options with these cars itís dizzying! Get what you want. For example my 2019 718 S has Apple Car Play but most of time the Bluetooth connection is just fine.... unless you want GPS. I almost didnít bother setting up the Apple Car Play. Iíd never get Porsche Nav. Waste of money.

I too have Sport Chrono with the manual. Love it! That throttle blip alone is sweet!

I walked into my local dealer totally prepared to succumb to a custom build even though I wanted a car this spring! They gave me a sweet deal on the S that had what I wanted so I picked it up the next day!

Good luck waiting. Itís gotta be tough!
I only submitted the deposit yesterday and the wait is already rough! Haven't even seen the deposit on my credit card statement yet.

How is the 6MT rev-match? Does it do it with all Sport Chrono 3 modes, or fewer?

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Nice build. I guess in Texas the lane change assist is good idea given my experience driving there-all the trucks would run over you. I would suggest the full leather as a consideration. While pricey, it does add an upscale ambiance consistent with the marque. Also since you are getting carbon fiber trim, consider the carbon fiber steering wheel-I would have never thought the hard texture surface on the wheel makes a difference until I drive my wifeís jeep (which has ďwood+leatherĒ wheel (also heated) which is a nice feature and you donít wind up with worn smooth leather. Only issue if whether it is available in the GT size (I donít think so). I have the GT and like the smaller diameter (although I think it is only ~20mm smaller).
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I only submitted the deposit yesterday and the wait is already rough! Haven't even seen the deposit on my credit card statement yet.

How is the 6MT rev-match? Does it do it with all Sport Chrono 3 modes, or fewer?
It works pretty nice IMO. Iíve never known how to do heal-toe shifting so to me itís well worth it. Flawless. Sport and Sport+ modes get the rev match. Honestly I wish you could set it on Normal Mode.

Hang tough on the wait. It will ready soon enough.

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Very similar build to my car and I am 100% happy with it. Why did you decide on "Side window trim in high gloss aluminum" I just don't see that trim on many(maybe any) Cayman/Boxsters
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Congrats! I'm sure the Euro-delivery will be a real hoot. We did a PEC delivery at Atlanta (and drove the car home to NJ) and even that was a hoot.

You'll need to do photos of your trip and share.

Our 718 is also a base white Cayman. You'll love it!

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I have a similar but much more basic build. For using the CarPlay for navigation, like me, I recommend an exterior GPS. I use a Dual XGPS160. I do have the phone compartment and I think the booster does help for the signal and there is a 12v outlet on the passenger side tunnel wall for your trickle charger, etc. Because my car goes from my garage back into my garage, I find the Entry & Drive convenient. There's an unpublished trick to remove the key stub when you want to use the key for valet parking, etc.

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