How do you like the tune?
It is excellent!!! I was always fighting for my wife's keys to the 335i M-sport for my long (about 50 miles) drive to work. The Beemer is of course more comfortable, and after all the time and money I spent over the last 6 months in that car, it's become legitimately quick! Definitely faster than my Cayman for freeway driving (of course when you get to the "higher speeds", the Cayman is more stable and reassuring)! But after the VR Tune, the base 718 is now putting out as much horsepower as the 718 GTS, and noticeably more torque than the GTS. I don't like comparing it to the GTS though, because that's not really fair. The GTS is a whole package that makes the entire car feel much more like pure sports car or a less powerful Supercar rival. So let's dial it down and compare it to a 718 S. It's faster than a Cayman S in every measurable way, with the exception of braking. You do feel that you can lean on the S brakes harder than the base model in the twisties. But now I'm running Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and the VR stage 2 tune, with nothing else. The rest of the car is stock. I no longer fight for the Beemer keys on the way to work (but I still can't put 100 miles a day, roundtrip on the Cayman). I would like to run the Cayman against the Beemer and see what happens. The Beemer is an 8 speed ZF auto, so I think it will defiantly beat my Cayman from a dead stop, but rolling, I think I have a legit shot with the Cayman now.
I ran against my buddy a few weeks ago. He has a 17 Base Cayman with a PDK, VR stage 1 tune, VR exhaust, spacers, and H&R lowering springs. From a dead stop he had me. That PDK launches hard! And the manual is really tricky to launch. I might be lucky to get 1 good launch out of 7. But from a roll, my car kept right up with him. And I believe if we were able to run a couple of more times from a roll, I might just barely edge him out.
There is slightly more lag after the tune, but when the turbo kicks in, it kicks in fairly hard. Not all in one shot, but linear... I'm absolutely loving it! I should of bought the VR Tune from the beginning, when I first got the car. If they do launch the Cayman T, and I end up with one, I would have the tune put on right away. I no longer wish I opted for the S. I just wish I would of known how effective it was sooner. To be fair, Vivid Racing had the stage 1 tune fairly quick after the 718 launched in the US, but the stage 2 made all the difference. I drove a stage one Cayman right after they launched, and it was noticeably quicker, but it didn't force me to go out and buy it right away. I simply assumed someone would come out with something better. It was worth the wait! I heard the Cobb tune is excellent, and I know people are putting down serious power with the Techart tune, but the Techart is a bit to pricey for my budget...