Huh? It's only false economy if one assumes that w/o PTV you're going to crash your car or somehow have to pay a fortune later. Otherwise, it's saving $3k and that's honest economy. If you've endless cash and don't care what your spending, then sure, why not get absolutely everything the car might be able to do. Did you seriously suggest $7,500 brakes to possibly reduce wear??? (FYI, the discs are carbon/SiC. The pads are the same, as is the wear.)
PTV can be great, but if in fact you're trying to intelligently use your resources to get the most bang for the buck, it can be omitted w/o much (or indeed any) impact on your smiles per gallon. I love seriously aggressive drives on twisted mountain roads. I haven't missed it.
Of course with all of us adding in our $.02, you'll have enough to afford those brakes soon enough
There’s likely reasonable rationale behind the NHTSA mandating all new U.S. passenger vehicles be equipped with ABS and stability controls, as even the most skilled amongst us lack the capability to manually brake one wheel individually. Nevertheless, I do hope no one operating a motor vehicle crashes. Ever.
Is it reasonable to conclude that our OP has sufficient discretionary wherewithal to configure and subsequently purchase a new Porsche? For many of us that’s not something typically done on a whim as it represents a significant expenditure.
Had the good fortune to purchase exactly the 718 Porsche my heart desired. The incremental costs associated with Porsche configurator option pricing was not a deal breaker given the S’ ~$70,000 opening ante. Sport Chrono, PTV and PASM were musts on mine. Included some ‘while you’re in there’ stuff for their smile per gallon factors. I did opt out of the smokers package and luggage net in passenger footwell to stay within the accounting department’s good graces.
After piloting PTV and non-PTV equipped machines at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles on their “low-friction circle” and “low friction handling circuit,” I came to understand PTV was a desirable option for me and my intended driving. And the ‘low-friction” aspect of the various surfaces’ configuration merely lowered the forces required for intervention as PTV functions similarly at dry (track) speeds. Hustling through WSIR’s T2 at ~85 & 1.1g is a kick in the tail. Not something the OP will likely ever experience.
Can’t be certain if you read the other responses in this thread but my brake reference specifically addressed two previous contributions by respected and well-meaning contributors who ostensibly lack PTV on their cars. I’ll repost them here for convenience:
…From what I hear it chews up rear pads like crazy.
My personal and firsthand experience is that PTV does not cause excessive brake wear
. No, I did not “seriously suggest $7,500 brakes to possibly reduce wear.” lol
I will defer to your “the pads are the same” brake hardware expertise, of course.
As an aside kindly note, however, that my rear PCCB rotors are 350 x 28mm whereas the 718’s iron iterations are 299 x 20mm. Rear pads are PN 997-352-948-00, specifically delineated in the PET for PCCB 718s and other Porsche PCCB iterations. Fact is they’re sourced directly from Pagid under their P40-3FF designation. Pagid claims that they are optimally formulated for and exclusively for use with ceramic composite applications. I have taken the liberty of inspecting the pads for wear (and verifying PNs for eventual replacement) when flushing fluid in preparation for HPDEs. Be that as it may, perhaps they’re at least partially responsible for the minimal dusting almost universally reported by PCCB users.