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I"m approaching my lockdown and still haven't made my mind up on my final spec. At present I have ordered a manual (non sport chrono) base.

Guards red
Manual
Full black leather interior
Guards red seat belts
Front and rear parking sensors
Carrera Sport in Black
PDLS
Cruise Control
Climate control - 2 zone
Smoking pack
Heat seating
Auto dipping mirrors/wipers
GT steering wheel
Sport Plus seats with crests
PASM
Black exhaust tips

I'm considering changing my order to PDK and sports chrono but in order to meet my limited budget, I'm either going to have to change the wheels or get standard interior. The Carrera Sport (and Turbo) appear to be 0.5" wider and the tyre doesn't provide much rim protection on these wheels by the looks of things so perhaps I could get the S wheels. Another option I could drop would be PDLS. I don't do that much night driving but I'm used to full LEDs and they're are brilliant.
 

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Hi,

I"m approaching my lockdown and still haven't made my mind up on my final spec. At present I have ordered a manual (non sport chrono) base.

Guards red
Manual
Full black leather interior
Guards red seat belts
Front and rear parking sensors
Carrera Sport in Black
PDLS
Cruise Control
Climate control - 2 zone
Smoking pack
Heat seating
Auto dipping mirrors/wipers
GT steering wheel
Sport Plus seats with crests
PASM
Black exhaust tips

I'm considering changing my order to PDK and sports chrono but in order to meet my limited budget, I'm either going to have to change the wheels or get standard interior. The Carrera Sport (and Turbo) appear to be 0.5" wider and the tyre doesn't provide much rim protection on these wheels by the looks of things so perhaps I could get the S wheels. Another option I could drop would be PDLS. I don't do that much night driving but I'm used to full LEDs and they're are brilliant.
My last 981 was Guards red with Guards red seat belts. Boxster or Cayman? The main reason I ask is that if it's a Boxster you'll definitely live to regret it if you drop those matching belts. They look absolutely fantastic.
 

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Hi Chilli, I should have said. It's a Cayman. I won't drop the coloured belts as that's the only splash of colour in my coalmine-esque interior!! I did consider the Black/Crayon (Chalk) two tone interior with the bucket seats but I don't know if it would go with the Guards red and if I do, it will have to be manual. That would be a budget-buster build!!
 

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Hi Chilli, I should have said. It's a Cayman. I won't drop the coloured belts as that's the only splash of colour in my coalmine-esque interior!! I did consider the Black/Crayon (Chalk) two tone interior with the bucket seats but I don't know if it would go with the Guards red and if I do, it will have to be manual. That would be a budget-buster build!!
The Guards Red seat belts will certainly add a much needed splash of colour & it'll lift the interior a great deal. If I could get them to match my cars exterior colour (Lava Orange) then I would do, but unfortunately it just isn't an option.
 

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Hi,

I"m approaching my lockdown and still haven't made my mind up on my final spec. At present I have ordered a manual (non sport chrono) base.

Guards red
Manual
Full black leather interior
Guards red seat belts
Front and rear parking sensors
Carrera Sport in Black
PDLS
Cruise Control
Climate control - 2 zone
Smoking pack
Heat seating
Auto dipping mirrors/wipers
GT steering wheel
Sport Plus seats with crests
PASM
Black exhaust tips

I'm considering changing my order to PDK and sports chrono but in order to meet my limited budget, I'm either going to have to change the wheels or get standard interior. The Carrera Sport (and Turbo) appear to be 0.5" wider and the tyre doesn't provide much rim protection on these wheels by the looks of things so perhaps I could get the S wheels. Another option I could drop would be PDLS. I don't do that much night driving but I'm used to full LEDs and they're are brilliant.
Hi. First, I pick up my car tomorrow.:D I have owned and driven manual transmission vehicles most of my life due to the additional car control of driving a manual. Currently, I have a 2006 Mazda MX5 (Miata) with a 6 speed manual that has been setup for autocross in the STR class. With that said, when I drove a Cayman S with a PDK, OMG, the smile on my face. It was so quick and fun, and IMO, the best of both worlds. I will be racing this car as well, so for me, it makes sense. So, that main point here is get what is going to put the biggest smile on your face. :D
 

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First: Welcome to the forum!

Second: GREAT screen name. Love the pun on multiple levels ...

Now: How much of a must-have are 20" wheels to you? The leather is a must-have option for the price, IMHO, and it will significantly enhance both your ownership of the car and its resale value down the road. Wheels will not -- and tires for 20s cost more, the ride will be harsher, 20s will be a greater risk for bent rims unless they're forged (the only forged OEM option are the 911 Turbo wheels), etc. I would seriously consider one of two options:
- Order 19s and have them powder coated black after delivery (should cost $600 or so) or by the dealer (likely about $1k), or
- Order the OEM 18s and invest in good aftermarket wheels or used Porsche OEM wheels at some point in the future.
 

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Hi,

I"m approaching my lockdown and still haven't made my mind up on my final spec. At present I have ordered a manual (non sport chrono) base.

Guards red
Manual
Full black leather interior
Guards red seat belts
Front and rear parking sensors
Carrera Sport in Black
PDLS
Cruise Control
Climate control - 2 zone
Smoking pack
Heat seating
Auto dipping mirrors/wipers
GT steering wheel
Sport Plus seats with crests
PASM
Black exhaust tips

I'm considering changing my order to PDK and sports chrono but in order to meet my limited budget, I'm either going to have to change the wheels or get standard interior. The Carrera Sport (and Turbo) appear to be 0.5" wider and the tyre doesn't provide much rim protection on these wheels by the looks of things so perhaps I could get the S wheels. Another option I could drop would be PDLS. I don't do that much night driving but I'm used to full LEDs and they're are brilliant.
You may want to consider the multifunction steering wheel; it is a very useful and convenient feature to have many of the common controls at your fingertips. Also I see you specked the GT steering wheel....good choice. I selected it but never test drove a car with it, and I am glad I did very nice feature on my CS. I am not sure were you live and what the climate is like but in Texas ventilated seats are great and they are very effective in cooling the seats off. The LED's are great too......close to day light brilliance at night but a little pricey.

If resale is not an issue for you then not to worry but, if it is, I would drop the PASM and add sports chrono and the sports exhaust. I know in the case on the PSE you can go after market but from a warranty perspective you need to be a little careful. Does PSE add to performance......no but it kicks a$$, and the dashboard wart looks real nice too.
 

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I have a lava orange Boxster. I also like the multifunction steering wheel. Look at the interior trim package in guards red. It really sets off the interior of the car and with the red belts you have a nice combination. I have it on my lava orange and it really enhances the interior. I also like ACC but it costs quite a bit. If you don.t drive at night much then PDLS might be a waste. No matter what you get you are getting a wonderful car. My 718 is far superior to my 2014 981 in every respect. To me the sound is also better except at the extremely high RPM's which i very seldom get to because of the great acceleration at low RPM's.
 

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Agreed, painted interior trim package is really nice in any color. Even more so in combination with the full leather. But I'm not sure about the multifunction steering wheel. You get that in any car these days. For a toy I like the clean no frills sports car look of the GT steering wheel better.
 

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Hi,

I"m approaching my lockdown and still haven't made my mind up on my final spec. At present I have ordered a manual (non sport chrono) base.

Guards red
Manual
Full black leather interior
Guards red seat belts
Front and rear parking sensors
Carrera Sport in Black
PDLS
Cruise Control
Climate control - 2 zone
Smoking pack
Heat seating
Auto dipping mirrors/wipers
GT steering wheel
Sport Plus seats with crests
PASM
Black exhaust tips

I'm considering changing my order to PDK and sports chrono but in order to meet my limited budget, I'm either going to have to change the wheels or get standard interior. The Carrera Sport (and Turbo) appear to be 0.5" wider and the tyre doesn't provide much rim protection on these wheels by the looks of things so perhaps I could get the S wheels. Another option I could drop would be PDLS. I don't do that much night driving but I'm used to full LEDs and they're are brilliant.
You are going to love the GT steering wheel and sport plus seats. I've got them and they make the car feel really great while driving. The GT wheel is by far the best wheel I've ever had in a car!
 

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Firstly, thanks for all the helpful replies and the warm welcome. Very much appreciated!

Hi. First, I pick up my car tomorrow.:D I have owned and driven manual transmission vehicles most of my life due to the additional car control of driving a manual. Currently, I have a 2006 Mazda MX5 (Miata) with a 6 speed manual that has been setup for autocross in the STR class. With that said, when I drove a Cayman S with a PDK, OMG, the smile on my face. It was so quick and fun, and IMO, the best of both worlds. I will be racing this car as well, so for me, it makes sense. So, that main point here is get what is going to put the biggest smile on your face. :D

Enjoy your new car (today). You cannot beat new car pickup day! I too, have driven manuals all my driving life and to be honest an auto might just bore me a little. I test drove both manual and PDK prior to attending the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone and was set on manual. The PEC is very much aimed at PDK. The tracks are short and twisty so going up and down through the gears is difficult and at times completely unnecessary. They also demonstrate launch control and emergency stops on the straights. It was only after the PEC that I think I finally 'got' PDK but I'm still in two minds. I enjoy a manual and although my heel/toe skills are pretty poor (my present car is nigh on impossible to do effectively), sometimes it's the taking part that counts. I haven't got long to make my decision though.

First: Welcome to the forum!

Second: GREAT screen name. Love the pun on multiple levels ...

Now: How much of a must-have are 20" wheels to you? The leather is a must-have option for the price, IMHO, and it will significantly enhance both your ownership of the car and its resale value down the road. Wheels will not -- and tires for 20s cost more, the ride will be harsher, 20s will be a greater risk for bent rims unless they're forged (the only forged OEM option are the 911 Turbo wheels), etc. I would seriously consider one of two options:
- Order 19s and have them powder coated black after delivery (should cost $600 or so) or by the dealer (likely about $1k), or
- Order the OEM 18s and invest in good aftermarket wheels or used Porsche OEM wheels at some point in the future.

I first saw the 718 in Boxster form in Stuttgart, long before the Cayman was released and at the time the 19" Boxster S were my favourite. I don't know if I the (UK) dealer would be able to powder coat them in black or platinum. It's certainly something to think about. However, the Carrera Sport in black is my current pick but as I said, it comes down to budget and I also like the Carrera S so I might yet plump for those.

You may want to consider the multifunction steering wheel; it is a very useful and convenient feature to have many of the common controls at your fingertips. Also I see you specked the GT steering wheel....good choice. I selected it but never test drove a car with it, and I am glad I did very nice feature on my CS. I am not sure were you live and what the climate is like but in Texas ventilated seats are great and they are very effective in cooling the seats off. The LED's are great too......close to day light brilliance at night but a little pricey.

If resale is not an issue for you then not to worry but, if it is, I would drop the PASM and add sports chrono and the sports exhaust. I know in the case on the PSE you can go after market but from a warranty perspective you need to be a little careful. Does PSE add to performance......no but it kicks a$$, and the dashboard wart looks real nice too.

I did consider the multi-function wheel and it was on my original spec but I took it off after a lengthy test drive. It appeared you cannot change tracks using the multi-function wheel and adjusting the volume up/down seemed to take forever. I use the multi-function wheel on my present car all the time but it would appear I can do a lot more with it than the Porsche equivalent. I can change driving modes (too many options though), skip tracks, fast forward etc etc. I also prefer the uncluttered look of the plain wheel but I must admit I could do without the fake bolts.


I added PASM as although I found the standard suspension on 20's perfectly acceptable, the PASM seemed slightly more compliant in normal mode. Although the drop is only 10mm, I also prefer the dropped look, it's just a shame that SPASM is only available on the S. I considered the sport exhaust but during test drives and my day at the PEC, I did not think it was worth it as there are no performance benefits and the difference (inside the car) was negligable and obviously I'm trying to stick to a budget, hence no PSE or Bose etc.

I have a lava orange Boxster. I also like the multifunction steering wheel. Look at the interior trim package in guards red. It really sets off the interior of the car and with the red belts you have a nice combination. I have it on my lava orange and it really enhances the interior. I also like ACC but it costs quite a bit. If you don.t drive at night much then PDLS might be a waste. No matter what you get you are getting a wonderful car. My 718 is far superior to my 2014 981 in every respect. To me the sound is also better except at the extremely high RPM's which i very seldom get to because of the great acceleration at low RPM's.

I don't think I have seen the painted trim in a Guards car. I liked it in Lava orange and white but not in Miami blue for some reason. The one thing that puts me off ACC is the sensor/lens on the front of the grille. It doesn't look right and I cannot fathom why Porsche didn't raid the parts bin from one of its partners.




Agreed, painted interior trim package is really nice in any color. Even more so in combination with the full leather. But I'm not sure about the multifunction steering wheel. You get that in any car these days. For a toy I like the clean no frills sports car look of the GT steering wheel better.

I agree re. the cleaner look of the GT wheel.


I'm going to the OPC in a few days to have a look around. I have yet to see Sport-tex so it's another option but my main aim is to see if I could live without the full leather and take it from there. Once I've decided on that I still have the deliberation of going manual vs PDK. Decisions, decisions eh?!
 

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It isn't simply a case of multifunction or GT wheel though. Both the standard & the GT wheels are available either as plain vanilla or multifunction.
 

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<snips>I did consider the multi-function wheel and it was on my original spec but I took it off after a lengthy test drive. It appeared you cannot change tracks using the multi-function wheel and adjusting the volume up/down seemed to take forever. I use the multi-function wheel on my present car all the time but it would appear I can do a lot more with it than the Porsche equivalent. I can change driving modes (too many options though), skip tracks, fast forward etc etc. I also prefer the uncluttered look of the plain wheel but I must admit I could do without the fake bolts.
:laugh:I actually like the look of the fake bolts on the GT wheel, and the smaller diameter suits me. I think the shape is slightly more extreme too, although I can't remember--although I do remember preferring it after trying both.

As far as the multi-function wheel goes, one button can be assigned to any function and I use it to skip ahead a track. The full range of stereo adjustments is available too, providing the stereo is up on the multi-function display. I find the volume adjustment using the wheel very fast. If you adjust frequently because of car speed related noise there is a range of automatic adjustment levels.

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:laugh:I actually like the look of the fake bolts on the GT wheel, and the smaller diameter suits me. I think the shape is slightly more extreme too, although I can't remember--although I do remember preferring it after trying both.

As far as the multi-function wheel goes, one button can be assigned to any function and I use it to skip ahead a track. The full range of stereo adjustments is available too, providing the stereo is up on the multi-function display. I find the volume adjustment using the wheel very fast. If you adjust frequently because of car speed related noise there is a range of automatic adjustment levels.

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Thanks for that. Is there an online manual so I can investigate this further? I was told by the salesman that you could only skip tracks from the touchscreen. I prefer the look of the standard and GT wheels without the multi-function button but I'm used to multi-function on my last 3 or 4 cars.
 

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I did consider the multi-function wheel and it was on my original spec but I took it off after a lengthy test drive. It appeared you cannot change tracks using the multi-function wheel and adjusting the volume up/down seemed to take forever. I use the multi-function wheel on my present car all the time but it would appear I can do a lot more with it than the Porsche equivalent. I can change driving modes (too many options though), skip tracks[/QUOTE]

I concur with GregW, my car is fitted with the multi function version of the GT wheel. You can change volume quickly & easily & can also change tracks very easily. I drive a PDK equipped car with Sports Chrono & the wheel also allows for driving mode change as well as having the boost button. I can make phone calls easily, call up the sat nav on the driver display, pull up trip information, oil temperature, water temperature, tire/tyre pressures etc etc etc. In fact it can be used to perform a whole myriad of functions both useful & some not so useful such as current & previous G-force levels. There isn't a great deal more you could really require of it & once you get used to it it's extremely easy to operate. For me it's quite simply a must have option & of huge benefit to the driver. I wouldn't really call it cluttered & even if it was, it beats accidentally parking your car in a hedgerow because you lost concentration whilst trying to do something via the main PCM unit.
 

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Thanks for that. Is there an online manual so I can investigate this further? I was told by the salesman that you could only skip tracks from the touchscreen. I prefer the look of the standard and GT wheels without the multi-function button but I'm used to multi-function on my last 3 or 4 cars.
There is actually an online manual on the U.S website & also the "Good to Know" app available for tablets.
 

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@Blink982 there is a programmable button that you can assign any function to and I assigned "track advance" and the volume control does work well for me. Having said that, it is extremely prudent of you to adhere to your budget otherwise the car, in the long run, would not be much fun. You could get a stripped down base model and have a blast with these cars. Never Never over extend yourself for any material item. Everything we buy is the stuff of future garage sales and junk heaps......
You will enjoy your car whatever configuration you settle on.
 
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