I currently have a base 718 Boxster(custom order) and a 718 Cayman S (bought new off the lot). The two cars are very different -- the Boxster is a MT with none of the go-fast options but a very nice full leather interior, Bose, multifunction heated steering wheel, LCA, and a few other interior niceties. The Cayman S, however, has none of the interior refinements but many of the go-fast goodies: PDK, Sport Chrono, sport exhaust, and PASM.
Features I love:
- Full leather interior. I miss it in the Cayman. It really exudes class, far more so than the basic plastic.
- Lane Change Assist. The Boxster has terrible blind spots with the top up. The Cayman is better, but I really miss not having LCA on the Cayman.
- Multifunction steering wheel. Have it on the Boxster, but not the Cayman. It's vastly more intuitive than that silly fourth 'stalk' behind the steering wheel.
- Bose. The base sound system is barely passable. The Bose is vastly better.
- Heated seats. An absolute requirement in the Boxster, although not necessarily the Cayman.
- Sport Seats Plus. Have them in the Boxster and love them. Wish the Cayman had them.
- PASM. There's no question that my Cayman, with PASM, feels more sure-footed than the Boxster (no PASM).
- PDLS. I have them on the Cayman and it's really nifty on curvy roads in low light conditions.
Features I can do without:
* Sport Exhaust. It's fun now and then, but not worth the price. Although now I believe it's standard?
* Sport Chrono. Yes, yes, I know many people love it but how often are you really going to use Launch Control, assuming you have PDK? I've used it twice in the Cayman and I'm sure I used 10 percent of the rear tires' tread with those 2 launches. In the Boxster, which has a 6MT with no Sport Chrono, when I want to go fast I just... punch it
* Ventilated seats. They don't seem to do much (in my Cayman) and the leather in the non-ventilated seats (in my Boxster) feels much better.
* Pedals in aluminum. I don't know why I bothered to get them on the Boxster. You can hardly see them.
* Stainless steel door guards. They're only slightly bigger than the stock units. Could have put that cash towards something else. My Boxster has them, the Cayman doesn't, and I can barely tell the difference.
* Automatic dual zone climate control. Who needs dual zone control in a 2 seat sports car? I have it in the Cayman and never use it.
Anyhow, just my 2 cents worth