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I am in the process of configuring a 2018 Boxster S. Trying to balance performance options and interior options. Love to hear feedback.

Agate Gray with leather in black/red with matching seat belts
PASM Sport (20mm)
Sport Crono and Exhaust System (chrome tail pipes)
20" 911 Turbo Wheels
LCA
Bose
Sports Seats (manual...am I crazy not to get power??????)
Entry & Drive
PDK

No special lighting or power seats (never seem to use multi options anyway)

Thoughts???
 

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My 718 Cayman has base seats, manual 6, pasm, lca, pdls, bordeaux/black interior, white exterior, and 18" wheels (pirelli p zero tires). I recently did a 2400 mile trip in the car, and the seats were very comfortable, with lumbar support provided by a rolled up pair of socks between my spine and the seat back. In fact, I like the seats more than the 14-way seats in my Macan S. But you should sit in the various options at a dealer, since body types are so different - I'm 6' and 190# and my co-driver son is 6'4" and 220#. Also, amazing is how much luggage space the car has.
 

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I've got a stripped '17 Boxster S manual. Literally the only option is Jet Black Metallic paint. Same price, incl. discount, as the lightly optioned (mainly leather) base model I configured and ordered/cancelled.

After 2k miles I can say I really love the 2.5/VTG, best Porsche power plant I've owned/driven in 22 years including a V8 and several flat-sixes (actually combines the best of both those engine types). So the 'S' is truly the only must-have option, in my view. If I could have added anything, it would be the GT steering wheel in Alcantara and heated seats (because I always drive top-down, year-round here in N. Calif.). And the smoker's compartment and cargo net. That's it.

btw the default stereo is quite good, I really can't discern any drop-off from the Bose Surround in my 987. And the default interior is also nice, synthetic hides have gotten much closer to the real thing, another 'loss' I don't mind at all versus my earlier cars.
 

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Some people I know suggest to put sound proofing around the speaker area, maybe that will aid in our experience with the 718's? Even though Bose already does a good job this might be something to look into.
 

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Sport Crono and Exhaust System (chrome tail pipes)
Sport Chrono is not a must-option for me but I took it to get the more aggressive PDK and the sport response button.

20" 911 Turbo Wheels
19" is on the harsh side so I would not go 20", though I have not tried them.

LCA
Works well, I would pick it again

Sports Seats (manual...am I crazy not to get power??????)
Those are excellent.

Entry & Drive
Im not impressed with Porsche Entry & Drive and decided to go without it

PDK
Im in favour :)
 

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Recommend the GT steering wheel as well and the multifunction/heated steering wheel mostly to have the controls at your fingertips. Don't want to push you over budget but the LED lights are a pretty good option. I would also add the smoking package which I use mostly to hook up the Porsche battery tender.
 

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What synthetic hides? The seats are still upholstered in real leather, when you specify the leather interior you just get more of it. :)
It's probably different by country. As far as I know in the US you only get full leather seats when you option the full leather interior. Otherwise it's some mix of real and faux leather used for the seats. Porsche calls this partial leather seats in the configurator. With the exception of the sports seats plus. They are full leather but come with an up charge. But you can't get the leather package with the sports seats plus. If you want that, standard sports seats it is. But then again you end up with partial leather on the seats. It's all a little confusing. In the end I just clicked the leather option and I'm glad I did.
 

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Hi porsche owners! I am waiting for delivery of a 2.0 boxter 718 next month, and understand it comes with a sport button as standard...I didn’t go for the sports chrono spec. So can someone tell me what I will be missing out on, as wont I get the same 20 second updated performance by pressing the sport button just like the sports chrono button or am I missing something here? Just asking ! Thanks for any reply !
 

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2.0 boxter 718 comes with a sport button as standard...I didn’t go for the sports chrono spec. So can someone tell me what I will be missing out on, as wont I get the same 20 second updated performance by pressing the sport button just like the sports chrono button or am I missing something here?
This thread gets into the mystery of the 20 seconds (see esp. post #22) http://www.718forum.com/forum/2017-...m/5578-718s-versus-base-718-sport-chrono.html

Porsche is deliberately vague about exactly what is going on when the magic button is activated. Undoubtedly there is a marketing aspect to all this, esp, with the tie-in to the 918.

The thread makes some revealing points, but some are subjective (i.e. "it definitely feels faster to me") and ultimately one has to draw their own conclusions. The dyno test result in post 22 is objective, and shows effectively no difference in power between modes once into the fat part of the power curve.

I drive a manual S but my sense is that the magic button provides most of its perceived boost by invoking a downshift of one or two gears in PDK. At that point rpms are up in the racing band, boost is at maximum and throttle response is immediate -- so irrespective of anything else it's going to feel faster. Of course that's exactly what a manually-shifting driver would do in anticipation of a passing situation, and what PDK would do on its own if you just floor the throttle (as one poster points out).
 

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I am in the process of configuring a 2018 Boxster S. Trying to balance performance options and interior options. Love to hear feedback.

Agate Gray with leather in black/red with matching seat belts
PASM Sport (20mm)
Sport Crono and Exhaust System (chrome tail pipes)
20" 911 Turbo Wheels
LCA
Bose
Sports Seats (manual...am I crazy not to get power??????)
Entry & Drive
PDK

No special lighting or power seats (never seem to use multi options anyway)

Thoughts???
I have a 718 Cayman, so no 'S'. Nevertheless:
- PASM Sport is a MUST for you. But you're losing almost an inch of ground clearance with it (and, ergo, suspension travel), which means that bottoming out/scraping will be more of an issue. For that reason ...
- ... I would NOT combine that with the 20" wheels. Not only will the ride will be harsh on anything but smooth pavement, but you will bottom out more, and I would not trust 35-section tires to protect your rims from damage. That said, if you're dead set on 20s, the 911 Turbos are the ones to get since those are the only OEMs that are forged.
- Sport Chrono: Worth it with PDK (particularly combined with PASM), not as much with a manual.
- Entry & Drive: I didn't opt for it because passive keyless entry is a proven security risk. I rather like turning over the engine with a good old-fashioned insertable fob myself, but YMMV ...
- LCA in a sports car, IMHO, is totally unnecessary. The car already comes standard with park assist, which is what you really need visibility-wise. Again: just my opinion.
- Leather is a no-brainer to me because it's one of the few options that's a relative bargain -- and it's been reported that the leather interior panels are actually lighter than their plastic counterparts. Do it for the stitching alone. :D
- JUST SAY NO to Bose. The base SPP is not bad at all (This is an opinion coming from an audiophile with a fairly deep understanding of sonics).
- Can't offer an opinion on the manual Sport Seats; I opted for the 14-way power ones. Love them. I've spent 10-plus hours in mine with nary an ache.
 
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