@jimmuller @roundtailAs far as my feeble memory serves me, back in 65 or thereabouts, when the 912 was introduced, VW was only making the Beetle, the Karmann Ghia and the 411/Squareback (disregarding the VW bus/camper). What parts would the 912 share with them? The Audi was struggling to find a niche for itself, I don't think that it would be mature enough to share parts with anyone.
The story was definitely different with the 914/4, 914/6 a sadly overlooked Porsche, much maligned by ignorants, much like the 718 and the 'oh the NA6 wail' fanatics...
The 'suitcase engine'? Used in the 411/Squareback and (possibly?) the VW transporter/camper? What an exalted company!
Yup. It was a derivation of the Type 4 used in the 914, but with fuel injection.The 'suitcase engine'? Used in the 411/Squareback and (possibly?) the VW transporter/camper? What an exalted company!
love mine 718gts 2018 with Fabspeed exexhaust Cobb tuning and dyno tuned . over 415 horse power and mid engine some 911 will have a hard time keeping up . plus its really a beautiful carI know that besides the Macan, the 718 is the cheapest car in the Porsche lineup. So my question is that for owners with much more expensive Porsches, do they respect 718 ownership (in general) or do they think our cars are inferior in some way? I passed a couple of very nice 911s in the last week, gave a friendly wave and got nothing in return. Just curious...
Never a Miata owner but opened to it...I was shopping for a fun car and the Miata was highly rated. Unfortunately, I am a tall guy so went to dealer and can't fit so that was out. But, i am now happily the owner of a base Cayman . Definitely fun, (and definitely $$$$)!!!I work with someone that has a Boxster that is circa 2005. All I heard from him day in and day out is how he would never buy a 718. He also laughed at my choice of a PDK. He was happy that the 718 was made as it made his car worth $1000 more. After a couple of weeks we arrived at work together and with my car all nice and warm I gave him the keys and told him to take it on a spin with me. We headed out to some of the famous jersey jug handles and on/off ramps. The smile on his face was palpable. When we got back he was speechless. He never actually had the good grace to tell me that he was wrong although he did grant me "that PDK is fast" but I guess I knew it a couple of days later when he was on the porsche configurator configuring a new Boxster.
We will see if it translates into a purchase but its been two weeks now and he has not said a thing about his Boxster.
I also agree that a large percentage of 911 owners want the badge and the garage candy and to them we likely seem as the poor half cousin freeloaders.
Those of us, and there are many, that graduated from miatas are likely most dissapointed by the lack of the wave as that was a standard with miata drivers who are generally just a nice group of people. Although I will admit that when I went to the ND I got less waves than when I was in a NC and NB. Almost as if the ND was no longer the purist miata even though like the 718, it was in many ways better and came closer to an NA then either the NB and NC. For those non miata readers I can translate LOL
That being said I took out a 911 when doing research and yes it was a really nice car but I would take a boxster/cayman any day of the week.
It really has nothing to do with the car, per se. At a recent PCA event, the guy who showed the most interest in my car was driving a 981. And on one sunny afternoon drive, a guy driving by in a 911 Cabrio honked his horn at me to get my attention so he could wave.In your experience driving a 718, do the NA6 drivers disdain to wave at the awful sounding 4T drivers?
I understand that. Tried the RF and my head stuck out in the wind. My wife laughed about it. Happy though that we ended up in the Cayman.Never a Miata owner but opened to it...I was shopping for a fun car and the Miata was highly rated. Unfortunately, I am a tall guy so went to dealer and can't fit so that was out. But, i am now happily the owner of a base Cayman . Definitely fun, (and definitely $$$$)!!!
I was set to trade-in my Mustang GT for an RF. Then, on my 65th birthday, I woke up (literally and figuratively) and told my wife:I was also concidering the RF.
But finally decided If I did Id spend my time thinking of the Cayman.
Plus the mx5/miata doesnt have pop up headlights anymore anyway.
I ABSOLUTELY agree! When on the track and I can stick right on the bumper of 911s when navigating the turns, usually resulting in a grudgingly granted pass sign, then pull away heading out from those turns and only lose ground towards the end of the straights, it definitely generates surprising looks when debriefing after our session ends.I've had some 987 and 981 owners at the track comment or ask about how much torque it has. Clearly my little 2.0L made an impression
It is very interesting, I was in various miatas for approximately 10 years. The miata forums really make one believe that you have the ultimate sports car and that the Porsche owners are paying 2-3 times the price of a Miata for a subpar experience. There is a lot to be said for the Miata and granted within the realms of local driving it is a fun car to throw around but it feels very slapped together and when on any road busier than a single lane country road felt very exposed. After a while the lack of power also got to me and it is also a tough DD. Even if you are not a speed demon there are times you need power and with a 0-60 of 7 seconds does not allow one much an escape.Never a Miata owner but opened to it...I was shopping for a fun car and the Miata was highly rated. Unfortunately, I am a tall guy so went to dealer and can't fit so that was out. But, i am now happily the owner of a base Cayman . Definitely fun, (and definitely $$$$)!!!