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I haven't been to the Swiss Alps--but the mountain roads in northern Italy were worth a drive any time. ?
Northern Italian mountains, Swiss Alps... who's nitpicking? The best I have is Texas Hill Country, which, granted is not bad. But it ain't the same. I am dying for switchbacks and topography.
 

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Sooo... looks like the revised goal is an April 2021 allocation for May-June Euro Delivery.

The alternative would be a fall build and get the car in, say, November? But dang it now my heart is set on the Swiss Alps. A dream, once in a lifetime kind of deal. It's worth a 6 month longer wait.
It will be interesting to see if your 718 enthusiasm holds once this Wuhan virus is lifted. You have a lot more patience than me!
 

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Northern Italian mountains, Swiss Alps... who's nitpicking? The best I have is Texas Hill Country, which, granted is not bad. But it ain't the same. I am dying for switchbacks and topography.
Sign me up for anywhere in the Alps or Pyrenees...or both!

The Texas Hill Country topography is beautiful in its own way. However, we have few serious switchbacks, tight low speed curves, and getting clocked by John Law at hypersonic speeds is far to easy. Regardless, that has not and will not stop my "enjoyment" :devilish: of what we have and the continuous search for more.
 
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Sooo... looks like the revised goal is an April 2021 allocation for May-June Euro Delivery.

The alternative would be a fall build and get the car in, say, November? But dang it now my heart is set on the Swiss Alps. A dream, once in a lifetime kind of deal. It's worth a 6 month longer wait.
That would be an epic adventure! Curious how the car gets back home after the journey? Are you on your own to set that up or does Porsche help with that?
 

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It will be interesting to see if your 718 enthusiasm holds once this Wuhan virus is lifted. You have a lot more patience than me!
I have been jonesing for a Boxster / Cayman since I rode in my buddy's 996 Boxster S and 997 Cayman S, so around a decade. Shopped in earnest for a 718 about 18 months ago. Enthusiasm has not abated. :D

That would be an epic adventure! Curious how the car gets back home after the journey? Are you on your own to set that up or does Porsche help with that?
When you configure, there is a check box for "European Delivery" and you can select pickup in either Stuttgart / Zuffenhausen or Leipzig. When you're at the dealer they check a box, just as if it were an option. Takes about 4-6 weeks to ship over the Atlantic. When you are done Euro joy-riding, you drop it back off where you got it (or any major city with a hundred or so dollars fee to return).
 

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I have been jonesing for a Boxster / Cayman since I rode in my buddy's 996 Boxster S and 997 Cayman S, so around a decade. Shopped in earnest for a 718 about 18 months ago. Enthusiasm has not abated. :D



When you configure, there is a check box for "European Delivery" and you can select pickup in either Stuttgart / Zuffenhausen or Leipzig. When you're at the dealer they check a box, just as if it were an option. Takes about 4-6 weeks to ship over the Atlantic. When you are done Euro joy-riding, you drop it back off where you got it (or any major city with a hundred or so dollars fee to return).
Thanks...pondered doing the delivery in Atlanta PEC but the European Delivery sounds like an incredible experience, always an option if not too inconvenient which it sounds like it isn't.

Of course, the world has to get back on course so they can start pumping out GTS 4.0's for any of it to really matter. As mentioned, hello Spring 2021 (hopefully). Strange times indeed, thanks for the info.
 

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Thanks...pondered doing the delivery in Atlanta PEC but the European Delivery sounds like an incredible experience, always an option if not too inconvenient which it sounds like it isn't.

Of course, the world has to get back on course so they can start pumping out GTS 4.0's for any of it to really matter. As mentioned, hello Spring 2021 (hopefully). Strange times indeed, thanks for the info.
Happy to help you part with your money! When you do a pickup, they have a guy there that tells you any and everything you can ask about that specific model. You also get a free night in a fancy hotel and a free dinner in their Christophorus steakhouse restaurant. Do it!
 

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I have been jonesing for a Boxster / Cayman since I rode in my buddy's 996 Boxster S and 997 Cayman S, so around a decade. Shopped in earnest for a 718 about 18 months ago. Enthusiasm has not abated. :D
Yes! ****, it took me decades to buy a Lotus so your decade of waiting is not out of the ordinary. I should have bought my Lotus in 2012 when I bought my Audi S5. I was sitting in my days old Audi in a parking lot and a heard the rumble of a car starting. I looked over and saw a red Lotus V8 Esprit in motion. I was stunned at my reaction. It felt exactly, and I mean exactly, like seeing an old girlfirend that I still desperately longed for. I sat in silence for a good five minutes, and admonished myself for not buying a Lotus.
 

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One trick I learned with the 14 and 18 way seats is to sit in the seat, lower the seat, fasten the seat belt and raise the seat, belt will hold you in the seat tighter .
 

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UPDATE:

Wanted to Euro Deliver the base model last fall. No base models being built due to Taycan production. Changed to S model this spring. But chose to cancel due to COVID! No Euro Delivery foreseeable potential.

Now: screw Euro Delivery. I want the GTS 4.0. Told my rep I am game for it ASAP. No allocations available though at the moment.
 

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One more update! Deposit re-paid and I'm now in line for a GTS 4.0 allocation. 2 lucky SOBs ahead of me. :p
 

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Is it a sign? Will my sales rep call me and say my allocation has arrived? :p Or will I just have a spicy GTS fast food chicken sandwich?

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If you are auto crossing, I’d look into PTV more as it’ll help the car rotate even better.

Entry and drive is great convenience especially since you don’t have to put the key in the ignition any more.
 
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If you are auto crossing, I’d look into PTV more as it’ll help the car rotate even better.

Entry and drive is great convenience especially since you don’t have to put the key in the ignition any more.
Scroll back up to post #151 - update on how I changed my order to a GTS 4.0! And of course that has PTV included. Even before I decided to switch from S to GTS 4.0, I figured I would just go ahead and add PTV because I wanted sharper cornering, shorter brake pad life be d-mned!
 
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If you are auto crossing, I’d look into PTV more as it’ll help the car rotate even better.

Entry and drive is great convenience especially since you don’t have to put the key in the ignition any more.
Oh and I prefer the key insertion to a "dummy" knob. The latter may as well be push-button start, IMO, which I feel takes away from the "mechanical" experience. I don't want a driving appliance. I want to turn keys, shift gears, depress a clutch, and hear a machine powered by petroleum explosions whirring behind me!

While I am ranting: I love Apple CarPlay, but beyond that, I love that everything in the cabin has a physical button. I can not stand the overuse of touchscreens which give zero tactile feedback, an absurd prospect when you are moving fast in a sports car and need to focus on the road.
 
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Update!

Porsche sales guy called me on Tuesday and said they successfully traded to get an allocation and thus needed me to make my final choices by EOD! Very last minute I guess due to trading. Anyway, they predict the first week of December as the delivery date.

Here are my final options / variations from the default GTS 4.0. No going back now.

718 Cayman GTS 4.0 $86,800
  • White $0
  • Leather Interior in Black/Luxor Beige $2,590
  • Deletion of "GTS 4.0" Decal on Doors $0
  • 6-speed Manual Transmission $0
  • 20" Carrera Sport Wheels Porsche $1,260 Exclusive Manufaktur
  • Wheels Painted in High Gloss Black $600 Exclusive Manufaktur
  • Light Design Package $350
  • Power Folding Exterior Mirrors $330
  • Lane Change Assist (LCA) $700
  • Deletion of Race-Tex $0
  • Steering Wheel and Gear Lever in Leather $0
  • Leather Heated Multifunction Steering Wheel $470
  • Sport Seats Plus (2-way) $0
  • Ventilated Seats $740
  • Smoking Package $0
  • Porsche Crest on Headrests Porsche $290 Exclusive Manufaktur
  • Interior Trim in Carbon Fiber i.c.w. Leather Interior $1,810 Exclusive Manufaktur
  • Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System $4,690
No Entry & Drive. No Navigation. No memory / electric seats.
 

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Northern Italian mountains, Swiss Alps... who's nitpicking? The best I have is Texas Hill Country, which, granted is not bad. But it ain't the same. I am dying for switchbacks and topography.
Actually, YOU should be nit picking. I lived in Northern Italy for many years as a permanent resident. I drove a Ferrari and I can say this about driving in a "spirited" mode; i.e. speeding.

Italy is loaded with speed cameras but by law they must be marked so they're pretty easy to avoid. There are signs on the side of the road and most nav systems can download the locatons and warn you well ahead of time. Even so I got caught by a speed camera twice when they moved the camera and I was not paying attention to the signs on a familiar stretch of road. I was simply doping off.

The autostradas even have averaging cameras where they take your picture and then take another one 10km or so down the road and calculate your average speed, so you have to drive the speed limit the entire time. They're well marked too, but still they're a PITA. By the way, do NOT blow off a ticket just because you're leaving the country. They will never forget and if you visit Italy 20 years later, they'll bust you.
Having said all that, the Italian cops typically don't bother about cars speeding unless you're doing something really stupid. Except on those parts of the autostrada with speed averaging cameras, and the single point speed cameras, I never felt in danger of being busted for speeding. Of course I only explored the top speed of my Ferrari a time or two, but except driving slowly in villages out of courtesy, I hardly every obeyed the speed limit and I had a lot of fun.
But whenever I visited Switzerland or France I NEVER drove faster than the posted speed limit........... NEVER. I'm talking about not going over the limit by even one kph. The French and Swiss don't have the same live-and-let-live attitude of the Italians. So while I enjoyed the food in France and the scenery in Switzerland, the driving was not nearly as fun as it is in Italy; not even close. If you speed in Switzerland, you WILL regret it.

Bottom line: If you want to stretch the legs of your Porsche, or any other high performance car, you'll have a LOT more fun in Italy. And the scenery is just as pretty. There is plenty of good food available too.

Full disclosure: This information is a couple of years old, but I can't imagine it has changed much.
 

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Well, Mozella, COVID killed my Euro Delivery plans. It is actually a positive, because I was going for an S model. Since the 'Rona arrived in the Spring, I had to cancel that S model. But it made me say, F it, and upgrade to the GTS 4.0 model. I will have waited nearly 2 years for this car, but life can be unexpectedly, and brutally, short.

Order arriving in early December! I am in Texas, so should be no need for winter tires. Heated steering wheel and seats will be enjoyed.
 
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