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Waiting for your 718C to be constructed (hopefully May) gives you plenty of time to twiddle one's thumbs and pour over reviews / youtube etc etc.

One of the interesting things I found out (one of lots of many Porsche related facts - including how much science there is in detailing a car) was how much Porsche understate their performance figures. Significantly!
Although many reviewers say 'wow this new 718 is really fast .. really fast' they only quote Porsche's official performance times.
When you look for real tested acceleration times they are substantially faster than 'official' and reviewers quoted times.

For example for a 718C chrono PDK Porsche quote: 0-62 mph as 4.9 seconds. The zero to 60 times (multi source) website quotes 0-60 mph (admittedly 2 mph slower) at 3.9 seconds. Even for allowing for the 3% odd difference between 60 and 62 mph that's still a substantial underestimate by Porsche. It's a shame I couldn't quite stretch to the chrono for mine :(

That seems to be case for all the 718's, and according to some sources the 718S chrono PDK can get that 0-60 down to 3.6 seconds. Astoundingly fast. :D
 

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That seems to be case for all the 718's, and according to some sources the 718S chrono PDK can get that 0-60 down to 3.6 seconds. Astoundingly fast. :D
Car and Driver posted the 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and although I have not clocked it I know they are mighty close to being accurate. The 718S is a rocket with allot of low end torque. Seven months of ownership and still not bored.;)
 

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I am in your situation, waiting for a delivery, so I have read voraciously online and watched utube vids. The car is definitely much quicker than reported by Porsche. I have read other peoples opinions and tend to agree that Porsche has padded the numbers, so the average customer would not compare the 911 to the 718.
 

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I too am waiting for my 718 B-MT - Original delivery date was May 11 now June 1 (at least it will be warmer here in NE Ohio). I knew the 718 was fast but based on many threads it's even faster. On my test drive I was only able to drive the PDK and didn't push it to the limit on acceleration. How easy is for the 718 to "spin out" (for lack of better description - like the you tube videos of the Lambos and Ferraris loosing control on a lane change or turn at the light)
 

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Best thing is, it drives really quickly even when you're not trying to. Getting traction down on full power isn't easy to do unless your tyres are warm, road dry & tarmc nice and sticky.
 

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I too am waiting for my 718 B-MT - Original delivery date was May 11 now June 1 (at least it will be warmer here in NE Ohio). I knew the 718 was fast but based on many threads it's even faster. On my test drive I was only able to drive the PDK and didn't push it to the limit on acceleration. How easy is for the 718 to "spin out" (for lack of better description - like the you tube videos of the Lambos and Ferraris loosing control on a lane change or turn at the light)
If you disengage the stability management it will be real easy to spin the car out but, I always keep it engaged. Sometimes when I accelerate from a dead stop the rear end will slide sideways a bit but the car never feels out of control. The 718 is an amazing combination of balance and power.

Page 206 | 2017 718 Cayman Manual | Porsche iManuals
 

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What Porsche2018 says.:)

I also leave the stability control on and have only spun the wheels slightly once or twice on take-off, with no further sliding.

I did once go around a corner quite quickly and encountered a spread of crushed stone on the outside edge of the road with the rear wheel. The car let loose then, but I managed to stop well before I'd spun 90° and easily stayed on the very narrow road. I got a few tiny chips on the wheel. The stability control works beautifully.
 

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Waiting for your 718C to be constructed (hopefully May) gives you plenty of time to twiddle one's thumbs and pour over reviews / youtube etc etc.

One of the interesting things I found out (one of lots of many Porsche related facts - including how much science there is in detailing a car) was how much Porsche understate their performance figures. Significantly!
Although many reviewers say 'wow this new 718 is really fast .. really fast' they only quote Porsche's official performance times.
When you look for real tested acceleration times they are substantially faster than 'official' and reviewers quoted times.

For example for a 718C chrono PDK Porsche quote: 0-62 mph as 4.9 seconds. The zero to 60 times (multi source) website quotes 0-60 mph (admittedly 2 mph slower) at 3.9 seconds. Even for allowing for the 3% odd difference between 60 and 62 mph that's still a substantial underestimate by Porsche. It's a shame I couldn't quite stretch to the chrono for mine :(

That seems to be case for all the 718's, and according to some sources the 718S chrono PDK can get that 0-60 down to 3.6 seconds. Astoundingly fast. :D

When comparing acceleration times we need to consider how/what is being measured.

Magazines like C&D and R&T use very high-rev drop-clutch (or automatic launch control) starts. The magazines also subtract "one foot of rollout" time (a couple of tenths) from their measured time. Some say they do this to equalize their results with those achieved with drag strip timing equipment which have a small delay until the clock starts.

I suspect that Porsche and some other manufacturers measure acceleration with low-rev starts and no subtraction of time for rollout etc. Their motivation in doing so is certainly subject to speculation.
 

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When comparing acceleration times we need to consider how/what is being measured.

Magazines like C&D and R&T use very high-rev drop-clutch (or automatic launch control) starts. The magazines also subtract "one foot of rollout" time (a couple of tenths) from their measured time. Some say they do this to equalize their results with those achieved with drag strip timing equipment which have a small delay until the clock starts.
Very true -- and C&D has tested acceleration this way consistently, as well as published atmospheric conditions for each test and used the same California location, since the early 1980s. That's a big reason I pay attention to C&D test results over any other major mag/testing entity: consistency. R&T has switched its approach at least twice during that time, and Motor Trend has completely revamped its methodology four times during that stretch.

Bottom line: Don't pay attention to a manufacturer's claims. Pay attention to an independent entity's results, particularly if that entity has not changed its controls or methodologies recently.
 
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