Join Date: May 2018
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Thanks for sharing your opinions. I've had my base 718 Cayman for 8 months now and I can add a couple. First of all. Love the car! Best car I've ever owned.
In response to your observations. I also love the look of the car and think it's not at all over the top. Everything there is functional. No fake air scoops or trim pieces. Porsche designed a car to function, not just to look good. The spoiler retracts when not needed (instead of slowing you down at slow speed!). I also love the sound. I like the burbly throatiness to it. The old boxer 6 also sounds excellent but for different reasons. The 718 is certainly different, but I can handle change.
I think I am one of many who will disagree with you about the brakes. The first time I drove a Porsche I thought something was wrong with the brakes. They felt like they needed too much travel for them to grip, like there was air in the lines. It was only after I drove the car a bit I realized the wonder of linear brake feel. Much easier to modulate the brakes than with grabby brakes. It seems most people want their brakes to be on-off buttons -- and I was the same. I now appreciate entering a turn with slight brake pressure to get just the right speed of approach and exit. I now can't stand it when I drive a "normal" car because the brakes and throttle are so non-linear.
Now for a couple "Meh's" from me:
1. I got the manual climate control. I was thinking "Nah, I don't need auto-climate control. I am perfectly capable of adjusting the controls myself." Well.. in most cars I am. But Porsche uses rocker switches for the blower speed and temperature, which is really... slow... To turn off the air you need to hold down the blower speed button and wait, click, click, click, click... and then, it doesn't turn off, stops at one bar. Need to release the rocker switch and press it again to really turn it off. Have the windows down but getting on the highway and want the air-con? Hold down the blower rocker switch and wait, click, click, click, click... Very time consuming and distracting. Many cars with manual climate control use three dials. Very easy to just flick up the blower dial to the speed you want. This is one poor ergonomic decision by Porsche. (Unless they did it to up-sell you the auto-climate control!)
2. The dead pedal is not quite the right angle for me. Had the same problem in my 987 Boxster. My left foot can get a little tired if cruising for too long and not moving it. This is nit-picky but the 718 is so close to ergonomic bliss that I have to say it.
3. Wish I got the rear wiper. It's my daily driver and for how cheap the wiper is I should have gotten it.
4. The sport chrono wart on the dash is useless and you can see a reflection of it in the windscreen. (But love sport chrono.)
5. Dare I say it? It's almost too good. The car can do anything I throw at it on public roads (acceleration is plenty for me). Cornering grip can handle any windy mountain road with ease. I tell the car to do something and it will just do it; Like slicing butter. PASM makes any rough road pleasant. And yet, I can cruise for hours at a time on the highway when on my way to the fun mountain road (except for the dead pedal angle). Or run errands in town with ease. Hmmm... This doesn't sound like a "Meh." I'm really torn about this. The car is incredible, but it lost something from the 987. It gained things in exchange, but there's a roughness and edginess that is now missing. Did it get too good? I should probably start a thread all it's own in this. : )